Press & Articles

“For artist Naomi Kashiwagi, old technologies are simply a means to new and surprising ends. She customises mechanical musical hardware – gramophones, shellac records – then plays them to create live sound that allows for, and thrives on, the accidental: distortion, repetition, amplified crackles, rumbles and echoes. She calls up the ghosts in these old, supposedly obsolete machines, then exorcises them with a gleeful conceptual flourish.”  Analogue artists defying the digital age, the Guardian (2011) 

“Another stand-out was British artist Naomi Kashiwagi, who played 78-rpm records on a refurbished wind-up gramophone. Eyes all on Naomi, this interesting installation was almost like magic.”  The Power Ball 2014 Old/New World, View the Vibe

“a diverse and experimental evening that was hypnotic and mind bogglingly ambitious.” The Green Lampshade: A Celebration of Delia Derbyshire (Naomi was artist and creative producer)

Naomi’s response to “what can art do” was selected by Arts Council England to be included in their 10 year vision, Great Art for Everyoneand also in their 10 year strategic framework Great Art and Culture for Everyone 2010 – 2020.’:

The arts have the potential to show that the everyday can be reinvented and that the ordinary is usually extraordinary and that the extraordinary can become part of, or intervene and wonderfully interrupt everyday life. – Naomi Kashiwagi (2009)

This quote was also cited in the European Policy document, TILLTEUROPE: Creative Clash: Transforming Organisations with the Arts: Artistic Interventions to stimulate innovation, sustainability and inclusivity (2011)

“Naomi’s inclusion of sound within the context of installation extends the dimension in which we can experience her work”- Peter Saville

Peter Saville Selects Naomi Kashiwagi, Dazed (2012) 

“Anita Awbi tunes in to electronic music’s great female pioneers to discover an exhilarating network of influence and innovation.”

Women & Machines, M-Magazine (Performing Rights Society for Music online magazine)

“Naomi Kashiwagi is a sound artist who eschews digital technologies to co-opt obsolete equipment and create unexpected audio outcomes. She relishes the unpredictability old analogue hardware by incorporating its customised pops, crackles and reverberations into a contemporary audio/visual setting.Driven by her cultural heritage, she works hard to fuse elements of English and Japanese artistic traditions, adding yet another dimension to her output.”

Interview: Naomi Kashiwagi – M Magazine (Performing Rights Society for Music online magazine)