Hong Kong House Exhibition: "A Double Listen: Yama no Oto" by Toolbox Percussion


The sound-based art exhibition A DOUBLE LISTEN: Yama no Oto is Hong Kong art group Toolbox Percussion’s venture into interdisciplinary practices, featuring various sound artists and composers. The benumbed sonorous objects, among the series of sound art installations, create a sonic experience that is both playful and contemplative.

The sonorous objects are set up to be ruptured, but this does not have to be an act of destruction. It can also have positive connotations. Traversing and crisscrossing the objects as performers, the viewers and audience are given a leak through physical and temporal rupture, resulting in intriguing seclusion. Different objects and sounds are haphazardly laid out in a finite space, leading the visitors to construct a sound after-image and a unique listening experience.

Taking wooden pedals as the starting point of the work, in a playful living room with an interactive installation of mahjong, a listening station, and a digital playground. Toolbox Percussion examines the fascinating cognitive divide between an ephemeral concept and an enduring concept. Inviting everyone to immerse themselves in ordinary spaces and discover diverse listening experiences, the exhibition inspires and refines the artistic focus of the artists into a cross-disciplinary program that will resonate with visitors, artists, performers, local people, and nature.

No piece of music can be fully comprehended in one listen.

Theatre Performance

A soft launch event will be held on the first day of the exhibition. The Toolbox Percussion performance team from Hong Kong will present three programs composed for Echigo-Tsumari. They are preparing to collaborate with local residents and Hong Kong students.

  • Date: Saturday, July 29, 2023
  • Time Schedule:
    12:30 Doors open in Echigo-Tsumari “Kamigo Clove Theatre” temporary theater
    13:00~13:45 Performance in Echigo-Tsumari “Kamigo Clove Theatre” temporary theater
    14:05~14:20 Soft Launch event in Hong Kong House
  • Fee: Free
    (*A common ticket or individual tickets are required to view the works)
  • Reservations: Not required
    (*Only the Performance or the Soft Launch event can be viewed.)

Creative Soundwalk Workshop

A workshop will also be held during the exhibition period. Participants will walk around the Hong Kong House with their instruments and experience the connection with the surrounding environment while listening to the sounds of nature and instruments. Derived from Toolbox Percussion’s work on sound creation with percussion instruments, this workshop is a way to think about what sound is.

  • Date: 30 July (Sun.), 2023
  • Schedule:
    12:30 Registration starts
    13:00-13:45 Creative Soundwalk Workshop in Hong Kong House area
    14:00~15:00 Performance in Echigo-Tsumari “Kamigo Clove Theatre” temporary theater
    (*The performance will be the same as on 29th.)
    (*Participation in either the workshop or the performance alone is also possible.)
  • Reservations: Reservations required for workshop only.
  • Capacity: 20 people for workshops
    (*50 people for performance viewing)
  • Fee: Free
    (*A common ticket or individual ticket is required to view the artworks)
  • Target: All ages (30-minute walk outdoors)
  • What to wear/what to bring: Please dress comfortably for walking and be prepared for heat stroke.
  • Note:
    The event will be canceled in case of light rain.
    If the event is cancelled due to inclement weather, we will notify you in the morning of the day of the event.
    Please note that there will be a photo shoot on the day of the tour.

Toolbox Percussion
Toolbox Percussion includes a diverse group of sound artists and composers who explore the possibilities of percussive sounds and music.

Louis Siu
Louis Siu is the founder and artistic director of Toolbox Percussion. He has served as principal percussionist of the Macau Orchestra, and has performed at music festivals, concerts, and orchestras around the world.

Fung Lam
Composer. He is the recipient of the 2011 Young Artist Award from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Vvzela Kook
New media artist, expressing herself through performance and video.

Kwok Ying
Exhibition consultant. Has experience in cross-disciplinary art direction.


Date and time Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 29 Jul (Sat.) to 5 Nov (Sun.), 2023

Hong Kong House, Echigo-Tsumari “Kamigo-Clove Theatre” (29-4, Miyanohara, Oaza-Kamigo-Kamigo-za, Tsunan-cho, Naka-uonuma-gun, Niigata Prefecture, Japan)

Admission Individual admission ¥600 for adults / ¥300 for elementary and junior high school students (common for Kamigo Clove Theatre and Hong Kong House), or a common ticket for "Echigo-Tsumari Art Filed 2023".

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