exhibition data

6 May – 11 September 2022
Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

production members

Shiro Takatani
Satoshi Hama
Ken Furudate
Ryo Shiraki
Yoko Takatani


Directed by: Ryuichi Sakamoto

Field Recordings:
Yan Jun (Beijing), Crosby Bolani (Cape Town), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Chiang Mai), Kali Malone & Stephen O’Malley (La Tour-de-Peilz), Mukul Patel (London), John Warwicker (Melbourne), Martin Hernandez (Mexico City), Giuseppe La Spada (Mount Etna), Damian Lentini (Munich), Alec Fellman (New York), Andri Snær Magnason & Kaśka Paluch (Reykjavik), Jaques Morelenbaum (Rio de Janeiro), Atom Heart (Santiago), Cheng Chou (Taipei), Nima Massali (Tehran), Seigen Ono (Tokyo)

Technical support for audio graphic conversion:
Shinsuke Yamaji / AUTORA FACTORY PLATE, Narumi Inada


Created in 1989 for the touring exhibition Against Nature: Japanese Art in the Eighties, the installation Playback based on the 1988 performance Pleasure Life features 25 wireframe stands for revolving acrylic discs with model rockets hovering like record needles. An updated version made for the exhibition DUMB TYPE: ACTIONS + REFLEXIONS at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2018, this time with 12 turntables and real records that played early Dumb Type musical compositions from the 1980s, as well as greetings in 55 languages sent into space in 1977 aboard the NASA probe Voyager, all mixed together with new field recording sound sources. For the exhibition DUMB TYPE: ACTIONS + REFLECTIONS at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2019/2020, Playback has been updated to 16-stand turntable version. Playback in 2022 features a unique soundscape specially directed by Ryuichi Sakamoto for Haus der Kunst, Munich. Comprising field recordings taken from sixteen cities throughout the world, the work transforms the gallery into an ever-evolving musing on the concepts of memory and association, distance and desire. On the surface of the record, a world map centered on the place where the recording was made is drawn using AUTORA FACTORY PLATE’s unique technology.

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