Akiko Nakayama is a Japanese painter. She felt that her past paintings were dead, so she started Alive Painting by combining the energy of movement and the vibrance of colours. She uses a multitude of kitchen basters loaded with paint and water to add, mix, tilt, blow and add all sorts of extraneous effects to her paints, recording and projecting it all onto a large screen. The result is a fascinating show of organic movements. In recent years, she has also added sound as another dimension to her work, and has collaborated with different musicians in live performances.
On November 4, 2018 she performed at THE KÜHLSPOT SOCIAL CLUB with Uproot, an electroacoustic music group (curator Kriton Beyer). The trio works with the use of both the natural sounds of the acoustic instruments as well as with preparation of these instruments, the use of objects and extended techniques.
It is always inspiring to visit the KÜHLSPOT SOCIAL CLUB. The ambience is very private, and performers and audience get in touch and discuss music, and art and life.