I am listening to you (2018)

[Photo: Tomoko Hojo]

This work departs from on an oral history interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono made on 6 December 1980, two days before Lennon’s death. Whereas John had been talking without interruption, Yoko was often muted and mostly accompanied his speech by laughing with high soft small voice. In Japanese society, people insert ‘aizuchi’ - a sort of backchannel such as ’huh’ or ‘yeah’ - quite often during the conversation, to let the other speaker know that they are actively listening. Although Yoko seems to inhabit this specific behaviour, there is equally an absence, a meandering in a different time and place. Listening becomes the act of imagining unspoken words, and gradually shifts into a fluidity between listening and speaking.

I am listening to you | Tomoko Hojo
Material: archival materials, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's interview on the 6th of December 1980, Score, Two self-made instruments with 9 channels, One self-made instrument, Stereo, two other speakers put throughout the space.
Length: Approximately 15 mins
Premiere: LUX, London, 2018 as a part of the exhibition ORGASMIC STREAMING ORGANIC GARDENING ELECTROCULTURE

AUDIO: An extract audio file of I am listening to you