Sound of Waves brings together artists on 'creative blind dates' to combat isolation and collaborate

Michela Picchi and Masanori Ushiki

In a world dominated by technology and social media, which can ironically leave us feeling isolated, what happens when you pair different artists to collaborate for the first time?

The Sound of Waves (not to be mistaken with the timeless love story by Yukio Mishima) is a new group exhibition by Pocko Japan featuring collaborative work by renowned Japanese and European artists from a range of multidisciplinary backgrounds.

Echoing a longstanding Pocko tradition of prolific collaborations, this handpicked selection of photographers, painters, illustrators and animators have been united to work together in creating new artworks that reflect the emotions of adventure, exploration and freedom.

"Our solution was to pair up artists in ‘creative blind dates’ to encourage a dialogue where new artworks show how artistic connections can fuel growth and fruitful ideas," said Nicola Schwartz, one of the founders of Pocko.

For the past 20 years, Nicola has led Pocko and established the company as a creative agency in Europe that produces unique content for brands in collaboration with visual artists from around the globe. Pocko is based in London, Milan, Berlin and now Tokyo. Nicola joined forces with another Royal College of Art graduate, Ichiro Kono, where they met and collaborated with Alexander McQueen, Bjork, The Pixies and 4AD Records.

Pocko Japan has been invited by the Park Hotel Tokyo led by the visionary Takayuki Suzuki, to create and produce a series of exhibitions. Sound of Waves is its latest offering and is curated by Nicola Schwartz. It will run from 3 June until 1 September 2019 at the Park Hotel Tokyo.

Discover more at pocko.jp.

Linn Fritz and Kyoko Hamada

Linn Fritz and Kyoko Hamada

Vasty and Niky Roehreke

Vasty and Niky Roehreke

Linn Fritz and Kyoko Hamada

Linn Fritz and Kyoko Hamada

Haruna Kawai and Van Santen & Bolleurs

Haruna Kawai and Van Santen & Bolleurs

Michela Picchi and Masanori Ushiki

Michela Picchi and Masanori Ushiki

Hiro Sugiyama and Paul Bower

Hiro Sugiyama and Paul Bower

Vasty and Niky Roehreke

Vasty and Niky Roehreke

Niky Roehreke and Vasty

Niky Roehreke and Vasty

Martin Holtkamp and Nomoco

Martin Holtkamp and Nomoco