Tetsuo Kogawa

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Tetsuo Kogawa (粉川哲夫, 15 August 1941) is a performance artist who—aside from being a university professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Tokyo Keizai University, the director of the Goethe Archive Tokyo, and a prolific writer on media philosophy, information technology, film works, Kafka, and various contemporary themes—has been teaching workshops for many years, showing people how to build their own FM transmitters from simple electronic components. These workshops also provoke those involved to consider the technical, political, and social ramifications of electromagnetic broadcasts. By building transmitters the workshop participants inevitably deconstruct broadcasting, challenging their own notions of what broadcasting is now and what it could be. He has been likewise challenging radical experiments of radio art using and exhibiting his invented devices in various cities of Europe and North America. Since the mid-1990s, he has also been involved in creating and organizing his own webpages. (2020)

  • with Annmarie Chandler and Norie Neumark, "Mini-FM: Performing Microscopic Distance (An E-Mail Interview with Tetsuo Kogawa)", in At a Distance: Precursors to Art and Activism on the Internet, eds. Annmarie Chandler and Norie Neumark, MIT Press, 2005, pp 190-209. (English)
  • "A Radioart Manifesto", Acoustic Space 7, 2008. (English)
  • アキバと手の思考 [Think with Hands], ed. Hideki Take (武秀樹), Tokyo: Serika Shobo (せりか書房), 2016, 370 pp. Review: 三田格 (Ele-King). (Japanese)
    • Radio-art, trans. Pali Meursault, Paris: UV Éditions, 2019, 305 pp. Selection of Kogawa's texts, which retrace his journey as a sound artist, radio activist and theorist; with essays by Elizabeth Zimmermann and John Duncan. TOC, Introduction (EN). Publisher. [1]. Review: Stera (Volume). (French)
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