Artist Akemi Takeya will be presenting her current project L.S. project for the first time in a museum-setting
as part of the MAK NITE series. Originally conceived as a work-in-progress, the L.S. project developed out of
the artists rather basic realization that an electrified lemon can function as an audio interface. The Lemon Synthesizer
works based on the natural voltage of lemons, which is used as a signal with which to manipulate audio processes.
The L.S. project examines the interaction of language, image, identity and the body. At the MAK, Takeyas
performance/installation will place the human body front and center as a component of the I. Takeya has developed
a compositional system consisting of 71 items which will be implemented by the participating performers. In doing
so, the performers become players in the socalled I-exhibition, in which the various embodiments of Takeyas
I will be recorded by a camera, altered, and arranged anew. The image thus created is I = lemon, which
the artist has defined as a symbol and metaphor for her life in Europe.
PerformanceAkemi Takeya and PerformersConceptAkemi TakeyaScenery concept Hannes WurmSound installation & composition NoidLive video processingThomas WagensommererAudio technical development Akemi Takeya, Noid, Gordon MonahanVisual conceptNaoto IinaVideo object Jan MachacekMovement coachingClaudia MaderProduction assistant Kanako SakoProductionIMEKA
Supported by Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien (MA7), bm:ukk
The MAK is home to an extensive collection of furniture and woodwork, in light of which the artistic and stylistic tendencies
of furniture historywith a focus on Austria and Viennacan be understood along with the cultural-historical and
political developments of the past nearly 150 years. The collection encompasses over 4,600 objects ranging from small carvings
and ornamental boxes to massive cabinets and whole room interiors.