August 9, 2014



30 years and 9,000km later....dreams do come true. Finally learning to play Mr. Sakamoto's "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence."  I still haven't seen the Nagisa Oshima film (starring David Bowie), but like many people who grew up in Japan in the 80's, the music is written into my dna.

July 27, 2014


Where there's a tiny closet, there's a recording studio.....But not enough of a studio that it blocks out the sound of neighbors rolling out their trash cans to the curb...sigh....can't have it all....but can wait in between takes in the dark with the headlamp on... : D



July 23, 2014

VER NON TO HER MON


We (Kate Brown, Sara Roberts, and yours truly) did it! We walked from the city of Vernon to Hermon. 13 miles in 6 hours, with periodic detours to walk up to the banks of the L.A. River. Here we are in Downtown L.A., just off of Santa Fe Ave, walking towards the river. We were met by a 4x4 and motorbike who had just gotten done with some joy riding. The river was surprisingly peaceful. We got to see a lot of different cityscapes and ways of life. When you see things on foot, every place, every corner, every window, every driveway, becomes present and worthy.

Next walk...COM MERCE to COM P TON!






July 3, 2014

from Adjunct Underground:

"Just released!!! KCHUNG Radio's Adjunct Underground presents an collectively read audiobook of Joe Berry's Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education! 69 current or former adjunct instructors (including yours truly, and Krystal Krunch cohort Asher Hartman) have banded together to each read short portions of the entire text. Adjunct Underground has made the entire audiobook available for download. Listen online, listen in the car while driving from campus to campus!

Adjunct Underground is a KCHUNG Radio broadcast and movement dedicated to the trials and tribulations of adjunct instructors in Los Angeles, and throughout the universe! Underground broadcasts feature stories, conversations, interveiws, rants, and more from a bunker-full of adjunct djs and hosts, many of whom risk their livelihoods meeting with Adjunct Underground to share their stories and insight on the precarity of today's contingent education professionals. Adjuncts Unite! Underground! on KCHUNG Radio!"


June 29, 2014


Up next...

June 7, 2014


Organized by Sara Roberts, a chorus of us will be performing Black/White Oratorio, a poem by Robert Lax & John Beer at the Dog Star Orchestra 10 (experimental sound festival) at the Wulf next week. Chanting colors has never been this fun fun cool!!!

UPDATE: Listen to the performance here at the Wulf website (scroll down to 6.10.2014, 8pm Black & White Oratorio by Robert Lax)


May 22, 2014

From The Soroban and the Present


May 20, 2014

In El Parque de Mexico / Lincoln Park by the Bell of Dolores.  Photo by Kate Brown

The Wisco crew (Kate Brown, Seema Kapur and yours truly) reunited this past Sunday to shoot the last segment of The Soroban and the Present. Now it's time to make all the non-sync sound parts of the film...gulp.....


May 16, 2014


As the old adage goes, "It's like editing on a flatbed...you never really forget." Back to it at the super awesome Echo Park Film Center! Putting together The Soroban and the Present, my first 16mm film in 10 years!

April 22, 2014


April 21, 2014

Recording sound for Seema Kapur's new film. By the Mullet River in Plymouth, Wisconsin
Last week was spent in the town of Plymouth Wisconsin with my grad school buddies and frequent collaborators Kate Brown and Seema Kapur to make Seema's new film. This was an idea that Seema had back during our CalArts days a decade ago. This past Easter weekend, it came to be true!! The moral of the story? All nagging ideas eventually get made so don't sweat it!!


April 14, 2014


This past Sunday was spent recording sound for Kate Brown's next installment to her 16mm film series Vilas Kortas, Vilas Kortas Long Beach Grand Prix. That's "Guraaaahn Preeee" btw. After 40 years, organizers of the event want to go whole hog classy (they've had "prix" in the bag for a while) and embrace the snazzier pronunciation of the event by silencing the "D." Oooooh bon dieu!! Oh and here is a link to Kate's soundcloud with a short clip of some of the heart pounding sounds from that day.....


April 8, 2014

FOUND FRIENDS: Kate Brown, 4x3, Exchange Place, NJ, looking onto Manhattan, found April 1, 2014


It was a happy and awesome revelation to find a see through Kate Brown 4x3 "X" in the scaffolding of a building at Exchange Place in New Jersey, right on the Hudson, looking onto Manhattan, and specifically the new World Trade Center building at Ground Zero. 

February 17, 2014


February 3, 2014



Suddenly one morning, after a year and half of watering, the African violet plant bloomed its elusive bloom. Surprisingly, the petals of the flower are actually just like its leaves, but in a deep violet color. Kuanyin and Kannon stand by.


February 2, 2014

Something borrowed, something blue

Something borrowed - 
My friend and 16 Yokai : A Super Natural Sampler of Demonic Possession cohort Chris Candelaria lent me this book yesterday. Apparently the film adaptation starring David Bowie is equally excellent. Scariest passage so far - right on the first page - "When you read this incredible story, do not be too skeptical: somewhere in your own past there may be some lost hour or strange recollection that means that you also have had this experience."

Something blue - 
From my dear friend and snail mail pen pal Chen Tsien in Japan. A handmade bookmark.

Together, they feel like a cozy blanket. 




February 1, 2014

Final poster (with final red thread touches by Seema)


A One Woman Nutcracker comes to life in this moving, non-ballet meditation on relationships past. Seema C. Kapur sets out on a love story in three parts. Through moves, pacing, and holds,  she stirs her heart and your imagination. Brought to realization at the Mystery Theater by Haruko Tanaka, Sara Roberts, Seema C. Kapur, and Kate Brown.

Friday, February 14, 2014 at The Mystery Theater at Machine Project




January 31, 2014


Sara's touch!

January 29, 2014


Kate's touch!





For our One Woman Nutcracker poster each member of the lady gang of four will contribute a layer of artwork. The bottom layer black and white photo is by yours truly : ) Next up is Kate, then Sara, and the top layer will be Seema.

January 26, 2014



A "heartbreak jam" (names and sounds of past loves...) by Sara Roberts, Kate Brown, Seema Kapur and yours truly...recorded on Sara's sampling/looping/recording invention "earbees" while rehearsing for our upcoming production One Woman Nutcracker.


January 7, 2014



A kid singing their heart out (00:38) at New Year's Day morning mass in Puerto Vallarta.


December 18, 2013




December 17, 2013



Checking out Vilas Kortas dailies at Fotokem. Like all our Vilas Kortas dailies viewings so far, we giggled and gasped with joy the whole way through. We just might go back to the tracks to shoot more footage before they close for good this Sunday.



December 16, 2013


A day at the races shooting the next installment to Kate Brown's 16mm film "Vilas Kortas." We made it just in time (1 week) to say farewell to Hollywood Park which will be closing its doors and stables next week on December 22nd. We had a super fun time, the crowd was great, and we loved the awesome horse names. A few of our favorites from the 100+ horses that ran that day- -

HOTRADAMUS, ECONOMY OF MOTION, SENATOR BOB, SHEZA SMOKE SHOW, ICE CREAM TRUCK, USBEK THUNDER, SHEIKINATOR, FILLI VANNILI, PAPA'S FLASHY GIRL, AND SNORT'N MATILDA. 


December 5, 2013

It's been almost 2 weeks since we had our final Group Movement performance on the Isamu Noguchi Plaza at the JACCC in Little Tokyo. The vision was to always have the performance on the plaza so it was wonderful that it actually happened!! Photographs and video from the entire month of group moving are currently being edited and printed and will soon be added to the installation that is currently up as part of the group exhibition Home Away at the Armory Center for the Arts.







November 20, 2013



Week 2 awesomeness!

Super group movers ~ (back row; left to right) Irene Tsatsos, Kris Kuramitsu, and Seema Kapur (front row; left to right) Amy Inouye, Ellie Viray, Kate Brown, and Sara Roberts




November 14, 2013



In black and white to mark the historic occasion of the beginnings of shudan koudou (group movement) in Los Angeles!! From left to right - Sara Roberts, Kate Brown, Jasmine Orpilla, Melanie Nakaue (not pictured), Irene Tsatsos, Bia Gayotto, Kris Kuramitsu, Ellie Viray, and Amy Inouye.

November 8, 2013


On the eve of when it will all begin......and when ideas turn into action. While checking and reviewing notes, scrutinizing the movements in the video, one can't help wonder if this is what it was like in the 70's and 80's when folks outside of New York had started to hear about hip hop and break dancing; as they reviewed snippets of videos trying to glean a way to move their bodies the same way. No rules. Only the willingness to try. Group Movement here we come.

October 11, 2013

Left: Movement and call chart       Right:  Shudan Koudou performance by students of Nippon Sport Science University

Hello friends...that like walking and like doing things together...won't you consider becoming a "GROUP MOVER" this November? I'm trying to bring the Japanese phenomenon of "shudan koudou" (group movement) to Los Angeles!!! I'll be introducing the project at the Armory in Pasadena tomorrow, Sat, 7-9pm, and/or online athttp://groupmovementla.blogspot.com/ Let's move together!!

September 20, 2013

bah bah, Vancouver, June 2013

September 19, 2013

Found Waldo-Nijmegen, The Netherlands, September 2013
Found him!!

In case you're wondering, Waldo is walking down a wall by the Waal River in the 2,000 year old city of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.


September 12, 2013

Popular lady, Rijks Museum, September 10, 2013
It's kind of wonderful to think that just 48 hours earlier these eyeballs were looking upon 500 year old homes and canals, Rembrandts and de Hooch's, and the place from which ships and men of the Dutch East India Company sailed off to reach the shores of Hirado, Japan. 

Holland's oldest town of 2,000 years, Nijmegen is home to Extrapool, an experimental art, performance, and print space founded in 1991 by a brave and committed collective of artist squatters. They still run the space to this day. The expression "power to the people" rings true in the tradition and prevalence of squatting.

Eindhoven (the other city of light - bulbs that is), a working class city, bombed extensively during World War II, home to the Phillips factory and laboratory through which some notable pioneering sound engineers passed (Bose, Hanso Henricus Schotanus a Steringa).

Tomato soup and sandwiches, andijvie stampot (mashed potato with vegetables), softer "g" pronunciation in the South, and mini home installations in window sills (flowers in Nijmegen, objects in Eindhoven). 

Just one wish- that I may be as graceful a host to future visitors to Los Angeles, as Lilia and Lars and everyone at Extrapool were to me. Thank you for such "gezellig" company and time. Until we meet again...


August 31, 2013

Venice Beach Biennial stall curated by Kate Brown and Monique van Genderen, July 2012

Tonight at 8pm! Kate Brown is screening selections from the Venice Beach Biennial at the Echo Park Film Center. Admission $5. Films by Margo Victor, Dave Tucker, Isabell Spengler, Joe Sola, Laura Owens, AnitRa Menning, Laida Lertxundi, Seema Kapur, Tuni Chatterji, Kate Brown, the 99¢ Chef, and your truly.



August 25, 2013

Amboy, California

August 21, 2013

Amboy, California

August 9, 2013



On my last morning in Brooklyn I hopped down to the 7th Av Q station to make one last trip into the city. While walking down the stairs, the gentle sounds of a guitar and two voices singing in harmony drifted up. On the platform about 10 people in the beginnings of their morning commute all had smiles on their faces, completely enchanted by these musicians. Their melodies made everyone's Wednesday morning worlds seem so much larger, so much more heroic. Most everyone made contributions, and for the first time ever I bought a CD on the spot. 

Back in L.A. I had put listening to the CD on hold, figuring that the live experience of hearing the magical musicians surely would not be replicated in their studio sound. Much to my relief and gratitude, the CD took me on an epic journey full of strong gusts of wind and the sound of trees moving, all from my tiny little room in Alhambra. Bird Courage, your music gives me courage!

August 4, 2013


Above: Asher Hartman in search of our designated performance site at the Sepulveda Wildlife Basin. The rest of us got to hang back in the shade. For "Confusion is Sex 3" Asher & Marcus (Kuiland-Nazario) pulled together a cast of 7 to perform their piece "Som'em Like That." Check out the documentation that Kevin McCarty and I photographed here: THE CAST /  THE PERFORMANCE  /  BEHIND THE SCENES  /





July 16, 2013

July 15, 2013

Message in a tunnel: Early this morning at the entry way to the 2nd Street 'Terminator' tunnel in downtown LA. Rest in peace indeed.


June 25, 2013


The most awesome stamp ever! The $10 stamp from Canada (top right). It's so much fun to send packages with good old traditional stamps : ) I can't wait for my parents to receive this package in Japan.

May 31, 2013


It's so nice to gather all my design work in one place. http://kissoftheworlddesign.tumblr.com/   

May 17, 2013


April 24, 2013

 
A very unexpected moment of homesickness today walking down Hollywood Blvd......Having lived here so long, I take what I can get....really...non-Japanese Japanese restaurants and gas station sushi do not upset me. Just grateful. Domo arigato Hollywoodo Boulevahdo.

April 19, 2013



It's always so much fun to design for Asher, who's new play The Florida Room opens in Miami next week!

April 1, 2013


Hoover dayum.....standing over Lake Mead, that is totally what went through my mind. The audacity to imagine and engineer such a project right smack dab during the Great Depression is mind boggling. Over 100 lives were lost in its construction and the total cost of building the dam was around $50 million in 1931. As of 2008, that apparently is the equivalent to about $690 million.

March 21, 2013


Above - On our final day of shooting in San Pedro for Kate Brown's new 16mm film Vilas Kortas. The highlight of our morning was that we got to shoot images and record sound at the overwhelmed rescue center where all the sea lions that have been washing up on the beaches are recuperating. Many of the sea lions are just 1 month old and have been separated from their mothers who have had to travel further out to sea in search of food.

Kate will be screening a first cut of the film at the Echo Park Film Center on March 28th at 8:00pm. A celebration of cars, film, Los Angeles, and sound, Kate will also be screening films by Margo Victor and James Benning. This is a free event : )


March 11, 2013


One scene I've always liked in Chinese restaurants (I have yet to see it any other type of restaurant) is the one of the wait staff and kitchen staff stringing beans and sprouts during their down time at some corner table. It seemed that everyone (well almost everyone), no matter their station, contributed to this basic task.

Yesterday, I got to be in that scene! I was one of those people in the back, stringing and snapping a whole crate of string beans while helping out at Lunar Feast Bodhi Cuisine, a Chinese vegetarian restaurant in Rosemead, CA.

Looking at so many green beans reminded me of its french name - haricot verts and how people would often think that was my name- 'Oh, your name is Ha-ri-ko? Like Green Bean in French!!" I've never quite connected with the association, but it's always better than people mishearing my name "Ha-ru-ko" as "How'd it go?".....As in, "Hi, I'm ____. What's your name?" "Haruko." "Oh, I'm doing fine thanks, but what's your name?" "..........That is my name." "....Oh...."

A more recent mishearing since coming to Tibetan Buddhism has been when I've introduced myself to Tibetans or anyone very familiar with Tibetan Buddhism. "He-ru-ka" is the term for blood drinking wrathful wisdom deities. Needless to say, I've gotten a lot of double takes, looks of disbelief, and chuckles,  whenever making introductions.




March 7, 2013



Back in graduate school I won the weekly studio visit lottery one week and got to have a visit with Allen Ruppersberg. Looking back, it was a momentous occasion, making a connection with one of the grandfather's of American conceptual art, but at the time, it just felt like I got to spend a few hours with a really cool dude. 2 things stick out from that meeting. (1) After having showed him my film  I Love You he laughed to himself and said that I was probably the kind of filmmaker who, even given a million dollars, would still make the same kind of looking film and (2) He told me to photograph my studio walls every so often and to look back at those photos every once in a while. This is my wall (on the 'studio' side of my bedroom) today.

I grew to appreciate Allen Ruppersberg more when my friend and former boss, the late Joni Gordon, recounted his work "Al's Cafe" from 1969, a cafe serving inedible assemblages of often drug paraphernalia and other scavenged objects, made by Ruppersberg.



March 4, 2013

  
Late night dailies with Kate Brown. It's nice to be back at Fotokem : ) Kate Brown and I were all giggles and high fives as we watched the dailies from Kate's new film Vilas Kortas (starring yours truly....). Watching footage for the first time is akin to the feeling of excitement when looking through prints from rolls of film you had dropped off. It's such an exhilarating feeling! You're relieved and amazed all at once.

It looks like we'll be shooting some more Vilas Kortas; just in time for a screening at the Echo Park Film Center as part of Kate's residency on March 28th. Details to follow.