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Dead Plants and Living Objects with Rie Nakajima.

Rie Nakajima is a Japanese artist (sculptor) based in London working with installations and performances that produce sound. We play together since a few years, more intensively since 2016.

NEW : Something about our new boxes

Tin cans, whistles, locomotive suspension springs, porcelain bowls, compressor top bells, ping pong balls, agave dry leaves, sponges, steel wires, branches, paper foils, plastic bags, silver papers, pink gloves, piano, balloons, buckets, feathers, water, scraps, peebles, flower pots, guitar, metal tubes, paulownia tree seeds, pearls, bamboo sticks, logs, bones, stones, filter queens...

RN and PB have been creating various ways to vibrate things so that their acoustic shadows dance around : invisible air volumes that reshape constantly, move in the space, enter in the most secret places and inside ourselves. A way to get closer to things inherent spirits is to listen to them. Eventually encouraging them to produce sounds and resonate by various means : to hit, caress, shake, beat, scrape, scratch, claw, boil, clap, rattle, rock, throw, move, magnetize, clamp, cook, pinch, galvanize, motorize, bow, blow, pluck, heath up, let flow, freeze, drop, drip, connect, roll, mix, extend, sing...

Next concerts  : 2019 :

Nothing for the moment...Next fall probably...


A text by David Toop where he tells about one of our performance.


Tectonic Glasgow Festival review

Review of our Milano performance


short extracts of a concert at Sonic Protest Festival 2017

Atelier Claus, Brussels, sept.2017

Short extract of a concert in Munster (G)

A wind harp in Frioul

a concert in Udine, april 2016

a concert in Sheffield, november 2016

PDF - 807.2 ko

Sydney Noland Trust


Porto, Garden of Virtues, 2017 photos

Eupen, Meakusma festival 2017 photos

Past concerts and activities  :

2019 : November 5

Dead Plants & Living Objects with Rie Nakajima, Besancon FRAC (+ Galileo)

October 24

Dead Plants & Living Objects with Rie Nakajima, La Casa Ensamblá, Seville

October 17

Exhibition and performance on the opening ’Dead Plants & Living Objects’ by Pierre Berthet and Rie Nakajima, Vostell-Marpartida Museum, Marpartida It will be exhibited for 3 months

October 8

Dead Plants & Living Objects with Rie Nakajima, Phono, Barcelona

Setptember 26

Dead Plants & Living Objects with RN, Queen’s University, Belfast

Setptember 20

Dead Plants & Living Objects with RN, St Finian’s Church, 23 Adelaide Rd, Dublin

Setptember 18

Dead Plants & Living Objects with RN, Fuse Art Space, Bradford

Setptember 14

Dead Plants & Living Objects with RN, Iklectik, London + Galileo April 23 : Vilnius

May 5 : Brussels

May 15 : Den Haag

March 11-27 : residency in Bilbao at Azkuna

March 27 : concert

2018 :


Nov.10 : San Sebastian, Tabakalera (DPLO with Rie Nakajima)

Nov.22 : Labège, near Toulouse, Maison Salvan

Nov.23 : Bordeaux

Dec.14 : Porto, Sonoscopia.

Sept.5 : Geneva, Cave 12

Sept.6 : Luzern

Kulture in Graz, 21 June 2018, Graz

Punktum, 19 June 2018, Prague 2018, Prague

Künstlerhaus Ulm, Stiege, 15 June 2018, Ulm

IKON Gallery, 3 June 2018, Birmingham

Journée zen à Boverie, Le parc de la Boverie, 10 May 2018, Liege

Castello di Apricale, 6 May 2018, Apricale

Hybrida, 8 April 2018, Tarcento

March 31 : Napoli

2017 :

Nov.25 : Wiesbaden

Oct.20 : Bratislava

Oct.22 : Brno

Oct.24 : Prag

Oct.25 : Jihlava

September 22, Brussels, Atelier Claus

September 28, de Doelen, Rotterdam : DPLO (with RN)+ Tom Johnson’s Galileo

July 18, Linz (Austria), bb15 Gallery (supported by WBI)

September 10, Eupen (Belgium), Meacusma Festival. I don’t find the timing on the website, but we’ll play on the 10th at 14:30

June 1-4 : Porto (supported by WBI)

May 6-7 : Glasgow, Festival Tectonics

May 10 : London, Oto Project Space

Sonic Protest Festival tour March 11-17 :

March 11 and 12, 17:00 :Montreuil (Paris)

March 13 : Angers

March 14 : Bordeaux

March 16 : Toulouse

then :

March 18 : Saillans (France, Drôme), special guest : Marie Bouchacourt (drawings)

March 19 : Rousset-les-Vignes (France, Drôme, small village a little further south)

March 24 : Munster (Germany) + exhibition until April 28

March 28 : Brussels, zennestraat 84 rue de la senne

2016 :

Sydney Noland Trust, Presteigne, Wales, 19 nov (residency nov. 16->19)

Idle Chater, Manchester, 13 nov.

Algomech festival, sheffield, 12 nov. (residency nov 9->11)

Iklektic, London, 7 nov.

Silver road , London, 5 nov.

Villa Manine (with Renato Renaldi), 20 oct.2016 Udine (residency oct.1->20)

Zonder Stroom curated by Extrapool, Hurtus Botanic, 26 August 2016, Nijmegen

Koffee & Ambacht, 25 August 2016, Rotterdam

Bains Argentiques, 9 July 2016, Nantes

Fuse, 6 July 2016, Bradford

CA2M, 16 June 2016, Madrid

Secret Florence, Sala Ferri, Gabinetto Vieusseux, 11 June 2016, Firenze

Kilowatt, curated by MU, 9 June 2016, Bologna

O’, 8 June 2016, Milano

Atelier de l’étoile, 19 April 2016, Besançon

Cave 12, 17 April 2016, Geneva

Teatro Palamostre, 14 April 2016, Udine

Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, 12 April 2016, Ljubljana

Galleria Poggiali e Forconi, 8 April 2016, Firenze

OOR, 5, April 2016, Zurich

Flatterschafft, 4 April 2016, Basel

Lots of the tours and concerts of DPLO received the kind help of WBI (Wallonie Bruxelles International)

Lot of the music played during their concerts and installations were created with the help of the "Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles"

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