The SUBSTATION in association with Room40 presents

Akio Suzuki


Retrospective Exhibition | Performance with Aki Onda and Guests

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Since the early 60s, celebrated Japanese sound artist Akio Suzuki has been creating aurally driven events which have challenged and influenced generations of artists in his wake.

His guiding principles are those of 'throwing' and 'following' – from his earliest work during which he literally threw objects down a Nagoya railway station's stairs (and was subsequently dragged away by staff) to sophisticated and extended sessions in which echoes, resonance and 'the accidental' gather to produce profound soundscapes.

Suzuki's compositions are at once playfully irreverent and deeply meditative, provoking his listeners to reconsider their relationships with space and time. For Asia TOPA 2020, The SUBSTATION hosts a retrospective exhibition of work from across his vast career, as well as a series of performances, including his lauded duet work with fellow Japanese sound artist Aki Onda.

Akio Suzuki is part of the SUBSONIC program curated for Asia TOPA by The SUBSTATION.


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Images by: Kiki Papadopoulou

The SUBSTATION is supported by Hobsons Bay City Council, Creative Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts.