Yutaka Makino


Yutaka Makino was born in 1976 in Japan and lives in Berlin. Active primarily in the field of computer music, Makino also uses installations and performances to explore the various dimensions of human perception. On the basis of his investigations into spatial perception and new methods of sound synthesis, his works make use of concepts inspired by his current research into areas such as phenomenology, experimental psychology and complex dynamic systems. Makino’s recent works provide environments in flux to experience shifting modes of perception. He works with computational dynamic systems to generate and control elements such as sound, light or fog. These pseudo matters lay out the environments of which the audience becomes an active part.

He presented his works internationally such as DAAD Gallery (Germany), Clubtransmediale (Germany), Akademie der Künste (Germany), Kontraste (Austria), Sonic Acts XIII: The Poetics of Space (The Netherlands), STRP Festival (The Netherlands), and Japan Society (USA). He has had extended residencies at the MacDowell Colony (USA), STEIM (The Netherlands), Technical University Berlin (Germany) and ZKM (Germany).

He has been received prizes and grants from DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program (Germany), Prix Ton Bruynèl (The Netherlands), Agency of Cultural Affairs (Japan), Pola Art Foundation (Japan) among others and commissions from Foundation Ton Bruynèl (The Netherlands), STRP Festival (The Netherlands), STEIM (The Netherlands) and DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program (Germany). He also has given lectures and presentations at numerous institutions and festivals.

In 2009, he founded an independent computer music label, Strukto.