Born in Kanagawa, Japan and based in both Los Angeles and Japan, Kio Griffith is an interdisciplinary artist working with sound based conceptuals and visual media, curator and editor producing diverse trajectory projects between the U.S. and Japan. His recent work posits not simply reflections of his pan-nationality but also of pan-sensory experience. Fine-tuning of the listening experience develops through exposure to the auditory chaos of discordance, euphonies and speech. Further research by mining historical sociolinguistics references amplifies awareness of temporal events past, present and future. Griffith reconstitutes ‘optiphonic’ paradigms into an immersive social communal experience by breathing new life into what may be lost in generational transference. For the 2016 Aichi Triennale installation, colors index recordings of voices, languages and dialects from the people of the Pan Pacific and beyond, cadence of sussurations pervading mankind and nature, continually flitting across shades of thoughts and dimly-discovered tonalities.
Griffith has exhibited in the UK, Japan, Germany, Croatia, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Turkey, Belgium and the U.S. He has performed, collaborated or curated various musicians and contemporary artists, dancers and designers in galleries, museums, clubs and unconventional spaces, locally and internationally. His current projects include project director at TYPE (Tokyo+Yokohama Projects Exchange), curator and development director at ARTRA, associate editor at Fabrik and Artillery magazines, art director at Angel City Jazz Festival and has designed over 300 album jackets. Griffith was recently invited to exhibit in the 2016 Aichi Trienniale and has been selected for the 2017 Emerging Curators program at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions).