walking randoseru (2012)

Sculpture, performance object

Field Trip Project
Curated by Daisuke Takeya and Chie Kajiwara
Onagawa, Japan & traveling to various cities

I created the walking randoseru, a wearable sounding object that could offer the subtle sounds of wind chimes as it traveled from site to site, country to country. The sounding object was created from a used, re-purposed randoseru (randoseru = a Japanese elementary school backpack) in which I installed a set of iron wind chimes that move with one’s body. By creating a traveling wind chime backpack, my hope is that the uplifting sounds of chimes, generated by the rhythm of walking and the wind, will be a welcome reminder and aural contribution to the good energy and flow that exist in the neighbourhoods and sites visited during field trip outings for The Field Trip Project, for which this artwork was commissioned. The journey is occasionally documented in a recording while the backpack is in motion, capturing the energetic sounds of the many people and neighbourhoods that are visited over the course of the project.

See also walking chimes (2012)