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Okuda Goes Clubbing

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Edd Norval
October 4, 2019

Okuda has taken his bright and evocative art into a whole new realm - the club scene. Namely, he presented an immersive experience in Ibiza for elrow as part of a collaboration with DJ Paco Osuna.

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The DJ and artist have created 'Kaos Garden' as an interpretation of the iconic triptych 'Garden of Earthly Delights' by Hieronymous Bosch. Conceptually driven, the experience is an amalgamation of audio and aesthetic elements that explore the idea of a trip through a night, with the iconic paradise and hell scenes making themselves known to the audience.


Interacting with the mood and time, the landscape of the show sweeps from the hellish beginning before reaching the ecstatic crescendo as the sun breaks through - where artist and audience alike can slip into a hedonistic state, becoming enveloped by their surroundings.

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Engaging fully with the multisensory experience gives each reveller the opportunity to understand the event in their own way, navigating the sonic soundscape on the mystical Balearic island. It has been created in a first for elrow'art, a concept that looks like it will continue beyond this first edition. It makes sense too. So much of art is music and so much of music is art. By combining the two, in a literal and conceptual manner, gives participating artists the freedom to push their own boundaries whilst giving an audience a way to absorb both in a truly unforgettable manner.


Talking about the project, Okuda said, "For me, chaos is the freedom to choose your own path and have a good time going through it. Let’s do it our way." In the original triptych, we are offered a unique perspective of our origin story, as told by a visionary mind. Bringing the centuries old painting into the contemporary era, particularly through electronic music, seems like a logical progression and tasteful tribute to the original. It's easy enough to believe that Bosch himself would be proud of it.


elrow, already an experimental platform, have pushed the idea of a clubbing 'experience' since their formation in 2010. Although this might well be seen as the conclusion to everything they've done so far, it's most certainly only a hint at what the future has in store. Hopefully, beyond elrow and Okuda, music and art continue to work together in similarly new and interesting ways.

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