Aki Onda is an artist, composer, and curator.
Onda was born in Japan and resides in New York. He is particularly known for his “Cassette Memories” — works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by using portable cassette recorder over a span of last three decades. He creates compositions, performances, and visual artworks from those sound memories.
Onda often works in interdisciplinary fields and collaborates with filmmakers, visual artists, musicians, and choreographers. For the last fifteen years, he has worked with artists such as Ken Jacobs, Michael Snow, Paul Clipson, Raha Raissnia, Takashi Makino, Daisuke Yokota, Maxime Rossi, Annea Lockwood, Loren Conners, Alan Licht, MV Carbon, Che Chen, Tashi Dorji, Noël Akchoté, Jean-François Pauvros, Jac Berrocal, David Toop, Rie Nakajima, Akio Suzuki, Nao Nishihra, Toshio Kajiwara, and Takao Kawaguchi.
Onda has presented his work at The Kitchen, MoMA, P.S.1 MOMA, ISSUE Project Room, Blank Forms, ICA Philadelphia, REDCAT, Time-Based Art Festival, Images Festival, Novas Frequências, documenta 14, Louvre Museum, Palais de Tokyo, Fondation Cartier, Présences électronique, Argos, Bozar, Wiels, ICA London, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Counterflow Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Impakt Festival, La Casa Encendida, Caixa Forum, Serralves Museum, Nam June Paik Art Center, Sound Live Tokyo, Hara Museum and many others.
Onda is also active as a curator. From 2016 – 19, Onda served as TPAM Direction Director at TPAM – Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, Japan. He organized performances and exhibitions of a number of artists including Gozo Yoshimasu, Akio Suzuki, Takehito Koganezawa, Yoshihide Otomo, Senyawa, Ngọc Đại, and The Observatory. Those events took place festivals and venues such as The Kitchen, Time-Based Art Festival, Vancouver New Music, Around Sound Art Festival of soundpocket and many others.