TOMOKO HOJO is a Sound Artist based in Japan.
She listens to the hidden voices in the history
and make it audible in different ways.
Tomoko Hojo is an artist working within the fluidities between Sound, Music and Performance. Recently she develops projects around Yoko Ono in Tokyo and London, based upon the theme that makes (women’s) silenced voices audible in the history. As well as solo activities, she has an ongoing collaborative project with Swiss sound artist Rahel Kraft, their projects seek for hidden, faint and intimate sounds, which are often inaudible in the relationship between people and place. She also co-ordinates and performs as part of Tokyo based Ensemble for Experimental Music and Theater, which explores questions around theatre and notation, propounded by John Cage. She has written about the pre-history of Sound Art in Japan from 1950s to 1970s, focusing on exhibited sound works created by artists having their origins in music, published in the book, After Musicking, edited by Yoshitaka Mōri, Tokyo University of the Arts Press, in 2017.
She has completed two Masters’s degrees, in Sound Arts at the London College of Communication in 2016 and in Creativity of Arts and the Environment at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2015. She was an Overseas Research Fellow supported by Pola Art Foundation in 2017-2018 and lived in London as a visiting researcher of CRiSAP, which is a Sound Art Research Institution of London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. She also received New York fellowship by Asian Cultural Council in 2019.
Recent major projects; ‘Sotto Voce’, Solo Exhibition [Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo, Tokyo, 2019], ‘Grass Eater Dairy’, Audiowalk [as Hojo+Kraft, Nakanojo Biennale, Gunma, 2019], ‘My Place/My Sound’, Performance, [as Hojo+Kraft, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, 2019], ‘Shinonome’, Audiowalk, [as Hojo+Kraft, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2019], ‘Lost and Found’, Solo Exhibition [Kotolňa, Kosice, Slovakia, 2018], ‘Unfinished Descriptions’, Solo Exhibition and Performance [Hundred Years Gallery, London, 2018].