Part art installation, part performance and part musical chorus.
Ujino (b. 1964, Tokyo) is a renowned Tokyo-based sculptor and musician who describes his work as being like 'electric bento' or 'plastic ikebana'.
Ujino founded The Rotators in 2003, a 'band' whose members consist of ordinary household appliances. Each of these 'musicians' are connected to the 'Rotatorhead', a unit created from a specially adapted DJ's mixing desk that Ujino has programmed to automatically control all The Rotators' components.
The permanent members of The Rotators are: a blender, for its heavy, low frequency sounds - like a punchy kick drum; the drill, for its snappy, tight snare drum sound; and the hairdryer, which resembles a fuzzy bass and also doubles as 'vocals'.
Ujino is transforming the Project Space into his workshop, continuously welcoming 'new band members' from London during his stay at the Southbank Centre as Hamlyn Artist in Residence.
During the exhibition's run, Ujino and The Rotators will give several public performances as part of Southbank Centre's Ether '09 Festival of Art and Technology with all performances taking place on the Festival Terrace.