Based in Brooklyn, New York, sound artivist, social composer, and a core member of SHARE (share.dj), o.blaat (Keiko Uenishi) is known for her works formed through experiments in restructuring and analyzing one's relationship with sounds in sociological, cultural, and/or psychological environments.
Her installations include: "Aboard: Fillip2" for "six sites for sound" exhibitions in London, UK (2005), "J'ai un secret merveilleux: Midas" for City Sonic Festival 2006, Mons, Belgium. To explore in the field
of aural perceptions, o.blaat created "Car décalé (légèrement)", a series of feedback performance work.
Most recently, o.blaat installed 'SOUNDLEAK: TheROOM' at Medien Kultur Haus, Wels, Austria, as a part of "What You Really Need" series curated by MKH, funded by Linz 2009 Kulturhauptstadt Europas.
'TheROOM' is a simulation of neighbours. On appearance, it is a physical structure, yet, it is precisely aiming at the "overlaps" of aural space constantly forming around the structure. More in German text at
Uenishi also has an on-going open project "Broadway Dreams" (collaborative 'blink media documentation' on local businesses and sidewalks, utilizing web 2.0), featured in Conflux Festival 2008,
NYC, and a participatory composition "Border Game" for Paivascapes festival at a border of Spain and Portugal in autumn 2010.
o.blaat performed and/or presented works in various locations worldwide including: Whitney Museum of Art, NYC; P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Museum, DIA:Beacon, Cornell University, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; MIT, Boston, MA; MUTEK festival, Montreal, Canada; ClubTransmediale, Berlin, Germany; Ultrahang festival, Budapest, Hungary; Netmage festival and Interferenze Festival in Italy; City Sonic festival in Belgium; Medien Kultur Haus in Wels, Vienna Konzerthaus and Alte-Schmiede in Vienna, Austria; Skolska28 Gallery, Institut Intermedii, and National Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic; ICA London, Tate Britain and Fortescue Avenue Gallery in UK.
o.blaat has collaborated with numerous artists including: Toshio Kajiwara, Ikue Mori, Kaffe Matthews, Marina Rosenfeld, Miguel Frasconi, Ricardo Arias, Klaus Filip, Noid, Takehisa Kosugi, Steinbrüchel, DJ Olive, Eyvind Kang, Sachiko M, Tetsuji Akiyama, Aki Onda, Adriana Sã, John Klima, Anthony Coleman, 242.pilots, Nobukazu Takemura, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, among others.
- SOUNDLEAK - website about Keiko Uenishi (o.blaat)