KIO GRIFFITH
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Born in Kanagawa, Japan ; based in Los Angeles and Japan.
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Kio Griffith is an interdisciplinary artist working with sound based conceptuals and visual media, curator and editor producing diverse trajectory projects between the U.S. and Japan. His recent work posits not simply reflections of his pan-nationality but also of pan-sensory experience. Fine-tuning of the listening experience develops through exposure to the auditory chaos of discordance, euphonies and speech. Further research by mining historical sociolinguistics references amplifies awareness of temporal events past, present and future. Griffith reconstitutes ‘optiphonic’ paradigms into an immersive social communal experience by breathing new life into what may be lost in generational transference. For the 2016 Aichi Triennale installation, colors index recordings of voices, languages and dialects from the people of the Pan Pacific and beyond, cadence of sussurations pervading mankind and nature, continually flitting across shades of thoughts and dimly-discovered tonalities.
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Griffith has exhibited in the UK, Japan, Germany, Croatia, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Turkey, Belgium and the U.S. He has performed, collaborated or curated various musicians and contemporary artists, dancers and designers in galleries, museums, clubs and unconventional spaces, locally and internationally. His current projects include project director at TYPE (Tokyo+Yokohama Projects Exchange), curator and development director at ARTRA, associate editor at Fabrik and Artillery magazines, art director at Angel City Jazz Festival and has designed over 300 album jackets. Griffith was recently invited to exhibit in the 2016 Aichi Trienniale and has been selected for the 2017 Emerging Curators program at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.)

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EDUCATION
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OTIS / PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN
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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
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2017 
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LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) LOS ANGELES, CA [curating] THE ECSTASY OF MARY SHELLEY
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2016

KUMAGUSUKU  KYOTO, JAPAN  [2 person show] WITHERING HEIGHTS (Sarashigaoka)……

DURDEN AND RAY  LOS ANGELES, CA [group show] NATIVE ….

CARLOS BLANCO STUDIO / ESTUDIO LAS NIEVES BOGOTA, COLOMBIA [group show] HYSTERICAL FICTION

LA ESTACION ARTE CONTEMPORANEO​ CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO [group show] HYSTERICAL FICTION

BEACONSFIELD GALLERY VAUXHALL LONDON, UK  [group show]  –SCAPE 

ANJO CIVIC ART GALLERY ANJO, AICHI [triennale] MOBILE TRIENNALE 2016

ICHINOMIYA CITY MUSEUM ICHINOMIYA, AICHI [triennale] MOBILE TRIENNALE 2016

OBU WORKERS CULTURAL CENTER OBU, AICHI [triennale] MOBILE TRIENNALE 2016

SHITARA SPECIAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT CENTER SHITARA, AICHI [triennale] MOBILE TRIENNALE 2016

AICHI PREFECTURAL MUSEUM OF ART NAGOYA, JAPAN [triennale] AICHI TRIENNALE 2016

TITANIK GALLERIA TURKU, FINLAND [group show] LAZY SUSAN 

TORRANCE ART MUSEUM LOS ANGELES, CA [group show] DOPPELGANGER 

COACHELLA ARTS CENTER LOS ANGELES, CA [group show] LAnCV3 

CHARLIE JAMES GALLERY LOS ANGELES, CA [group show] WEREWOLF 

WILLOW STUDIOS LOS ANGELES, CA [art fair] FABRIK EXPO

THE REEF/LA MART LOS ANGELES, CA [art fair] PHOTO LA 

DURDEN AND RAY LOS ANGELES, CA [group show] OBFUSCATE 
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2015

356 MISSION LOS ANGELES, CA [performance] TONALISM 

GR2 LOS ANGELES, CA [group show] POST IT SHOW 11 

MIAMI PROJECT MIAMI, FLORIDA [art fair] 

AIREGIN YOKOHAMA, JAPAN [performance] SOUNDING THE SPACE TOUR 

URBAN GUILD KYOTO, JAPAN [performance] SOUNDING THE SPACE TOUR 

RENAISS HALL OKAYAMA, JAPAN [performance] SOUNDING THE SPACE TOUR

KARAKORO KOBO MATSUE, JAPAN [performance] SOUNDING THE SPACE TOUR

OOKURAYAMA MEMORIAL HALL YOKOHAMA, JAPAN [performance] SOUNDING THE SPACE TOUR

MUZEUMM LOS ANGELES, CA [group show] UNCANNY

ZERRE PROJECTS ISTANBUL, TURKEY [group show] GHOSTLY SIGNS : EXISTENTIAL BODIES / 14th Istanbul Biennial

MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY LANCASTER, CA [group show] WATERWORKS 2 

ELECTRIC LODGE VENICE, CA [performance] DRAGONFLY

ECHO PARK FILM CENTER ECHO PARK, CA [performance] GALAXY DRIVER

HOUSE RENOVATION PROJECT 2 WESTWOOD, CA [group show] PRETTY VACANT

SPLIT MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS SPLIT, CROATIA [group show] PHLOGISTON

KREUZBERG PAVILION BERLIN, GERMANY [group show] FROM THE BARRICADES

PAUL LOYA GALLERY CULVER CITY, CA [group show] XINLA BANSHO / FOREST OF EXPONENTIALS 

DURDEN & RAY LOS ANGELES, CA [group show] MURMURS AND INTRUSIONS 

BOX O PROJECTS / JOSHUA TREENIAL JOSHUA TREE, CA [installation] BLUE NOVA

INTEGRATRON / JOSHUA TREENIAL YUCCA VALLEY, CA [performance] DOWSING TO DOUSE

ROPPONGI 605 / Roppongi Art Night TOKYO, JAPAN [event] SOUTH PACIFIC CHESS

KYOTO ART OUTLET CENTER / Parasophia KYOTO, JAPAN [performance] PARACHUTE

KYOTO ART OUTLET CENTER / Parasophia KYOTO, JAPAN [performance] PARADIGMS

ANTENNA GALLERY KYOTO, JAPAN [group show] HOMING PIGEON 4

GALLERY TOMINOKOJI KYOTO, JAPAN [group show] PARABOLA

ROPPONGI 605 TOKYO, JAPAN [two person show] CORAL SEA

LOFT AT LIZ'S LOS ANGELES, CA [group show] WATERWORKS 2 

OUTPOST PROJECTS YUCCA VALLEY, CA [group shows] INAUGURAL SHOW
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2014

MANHATTAN BEACH ART CENTER MANHATTAN BEACH, CA [group shows] DRAGNET

DAC GALLERY DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, CA [group shows] SOMETHING WITHIN

SLUICE EXCHANGE RATES / BROOKLN, NY [group shows] THE GREAT WRONG PLACE

YOKOHAMA TRIENNIAL 2014 TOKYO + YOKOHAMA, JAPAN [group shows] i:23

UCITY ART MUSEUM, GUANGZHOU ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS GUANGZHOU, CHINA [group show] AN AMERICAN WATER MARGIN

ARTRA CURATORIAL TORRANCE, CA [group show] MAS 6

ARTRA CURATORIAL ALBUQUERQUE, CA [group show] MAS ALBUQUERQUE

PORCH GALLERY OJAI, CA [group show] WATER WORKS

ROPPONGI 605 GALLERY TOKYO, JAPAN [2 person show] WHITEHOUSE | REDROOM

PROJECT NUMBER LONDON, UK [group show] PROJECT LALO

STUDIO 1:1 LONDON, UK [group show] PROJECT LALO

JAUS LOS ANGELES, CA [group show] IN 2040

ARTRA CURATORIAL SAN FRANCISCO, CA [group show] MAS [Ltd Ed] > SFO

JAUS LOS ANGELES, CA [group show] C-NOTE

TORRANCE ART MUSEUM TORRANCE, CA [group show] REVERB

ART APART FAIR SINGAPORE [group show] GALLERY LARA TOKYO
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2013

DISJECTA PORTLAND, OR [group show] HISTORY LESSONS

MANUAL HISTORY MACHINES WONDER VALLEY, CA [group show] THE FAMILIAR UNFAMILIAR

ROPPONGI 605 GALLERY TOKYO, JAPAN [group show] HOMING PIGEON ED 2: TOKYO

KUAD GALLERY ISTANBUL, TURKEY [group show] A MARGINAL REVOLUTION / 13th Istanbul Biennial

ADC CONTEMPORARY ART LOS ANGELES, CA [performance] 24FLAT6B

WEYOU TOUR NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK [performance] 

ARTSHARE LOS ANGELES, CA [performance] BOOK OF OMENS

ART HK / HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR HONG KONG [group show] 

MOON GALLERY HONG KONG [group show] REMEMBER THE DAYS OF BEING WILD

FLOWER PEPPER GALLERY PASADENA, CA [group show] HOME SWEET HOME

DIAVOLO SPACE LOS ANGELES, CA [performance] A STIGATISM / CATALYST 2013

MALIBU LUMBERYARD GALLERY MALIBU, CA [group show] HOMO LUMINOUS

ARTRA CURATORIAL LOS ANGELES, CA [group show] MAS ATTACK

VINCENT PRICE ART MUSEUM LOS ANGELES, CA [performance] MEXICALI BIENNIAL with Carmina Escobar
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2012

MATHILDE HATZENBERGER GALLERY BRUSSELS, BELGIUM [group] Derriere Le Rideau

JAPAN AMERICA NATIONAL MUSEUM LOS ANGELES, CA [group] GIANT ROBOT BIENNIAL

CENTRO ESTATAL DE LAS ARTES ENSENADA ENSENADA, MEXICO [performance] ESPUMA CUANTICA 

ROPPONGI 605 GALLERY TOKYO, JAPAN [group] HANGA SHOW

ACE MUSEUM LOS ANGELES, CA [group] ALL IN FOR THE 99% 

UPSTAIRS AT THE MARKET GALLERY LOS ANGELES, CA [performance] WEST IS MORE with Carmina Escobar

GALLERY LARA TOKYO, JAPAN [group] BLEACH 

NIGHT GALLERY LOS ANGELES, CA [performance] CAR RIDE IS A MUSICAL SCORE

COUNTER PULSE SAN FRANCISCO, CA KATSURA KAN : ORACLE & ENIGMA 

GR2 LOS ANGELES, CA [group] PRINTED MATTER 10 
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2011

ADC CONTEMPORARY ART LOS ANGELES, CA [performance] SUNSPOT 

GR2 LOS ANGELES, CA [group] POST-IT 7 curated by Eric Nakamura + Mark Todd 

MOOSE LODGE LOS ANGELES, CA [performance] OPEN GATE with Therese Wong, Vinny Golia, Bill Casale 

PIETER PERFORMANCE SPACE LOS ANGELES, CA [performance] OPEN GATE with Alex Cline, Jie Ma 

WEST L.A. COLLEGE GALLERY CULVER CITY, CA [group] MONSTERS OF ART 

LAST BOOKSTORE LOS ANGELES, CA [group] ABOVE THE SURFACE

ARENA 1 GALLERY SANTA MONICA, CA [group] SEEING THROUGH THE EYES OF MONA LISA

GALLERY LARA TOKYO TOKYO, JAPAN [group] ROSU NO NANCHATTE NIHONJIN

VARIOUS SPACES Roma, Firenze, Venezia,ITALY [group] ONE NIGHT STAND 

KUNSTLERHAUSE HAMBURG FRISE HAMBURG, GERMANY [group] TEGAMI 

CYPRESS COLLEGE ART GALLERY CYPRESS, CA THE QUOTIDIAN WORLD 

BLUE WHALE LOS ANGELES, CA DANIEL ROSENBOOM SEPTET 
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2010

DIAVOLO SPACE LOS ANGELES, CA [performance] CATALYST 

ADC CONTEMPORARY ART LOS ANGELES, CA [performance] SONAR ECLIPSE 

WEST L.A. COLLEGE GALLERY CULVER CITY, CA [group] NINE 

EKSOBITION GALLERY POMONA, CA [3 person] OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND, OUT OF TIME 

HIGHWAYS PERFORMANCE SPACE SANTA MONICA, CA KATSURA KAN : ORACLE & ENIGMA 

FOLLY BOWL ALTA DENA, CA [performance] THE PHILABOSIANS 

ROYAL/T CULVER CITY, CA YOSHITAKE EXPE 

L.A. MUNICIPAL GALLERY HOLLYWOOD, CA [group show] CUP THOUGHTS 101
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2009

THE PROSPECTOR LONG BEACH, CA [performance] LHOOQ w/ Motoko Honda, Joe Berardi, Nels Cline, Yuka Honda, Mike Watt, etc.

ADC CONTEMPORARY ART LOS ANGELES, CA [performance] BIRTHMARK

T•LOFTS SANTA MONICA, CA [group show] HERE AND NOW:ARTRA 

MUSEUM OF NEON ART LOS ANGELES, CA ONIBABA 

SOUNDWALK 2009 LONG BEACH, CA [group show] 

FOLLY BOWL ALTA DENA, CA [performance] THE PHILABOSIANS 

ROYAL/T CULVER CITY, CA [group show] CRUSADERS + HATERS

ECHO CURIO ECHO PARK, CA ANNA HOMLER + EMILY HAY

REDCAT LOUNGE LOS ANGELES, CA DAREN BURNS TRIO 

RESBOX HOLLYWOOD, CA with EMILY HAY, MOTOKO HONDA + BRAD DUTZ 

TERRELL MORRE GALLERY INGLEWOOD, CA [group show] IMLA 

PASADENA CENTRAL LIBRARY PASADENA, CA ONIBABA 

THE WULF LOS ANGELES, CA with ICU 

GIBSON GLENDALE JAZZ + BLUES FESTIVAL GLENDALE, AZ [otonomiyaki] SOUND INSTALLATION 
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2008

HARBOR CITY COLLEGE AUDITORIUM LOS ANGELES, CA WE ARE NOT ALONE with ICU 

SPRING ARTS COLLECTIVE GALLERY LOS ANGELES, CA FIELDTRIP 

GALLERY RASEN LOS ANGELES, CA KNOCK KNOCK! 

TAPER AUDITORIUM LOS ANGELES, CA TENGU with ICU 

SOUNDWALK LOS ANGELES, CA [sound art] SOUNDWALK 2008 

i-5 GALLERY LOS ANGELES, CA [sound art] POSTCARDS FROM THE ARTS EDGE 

CENTER FOR THE ARTS EAGLE ROCK, CA [sound art] EBBS & FLOWS

BLACK MARIA GALLERY LOS ANGELES, CA [group] HOLLYWOOD APOCALYPSE 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART LOS ANGELES, CA [group] FOUND SOUND 
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AWARDS
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2016    LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitons)   LOS ANGELES, CA  Emerging Curators Award 2017

2002    PRINT DESIGN ANNUAL   U.S.A.  Certificate of Design Excellence 

2001    SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS   LOS ANGELES, CA  Certificate of Merit
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BIBLIOGRAPHY

2016    ARTBOUND / KCET   LOS ANGELES, CA   Red Wheelbarrows and Whispering Rainbows: The Sonic and Visual Art of Kio Griffith

2016    HUFFINGTON POST  LOS ANGELES, CA   Contemporary Artists Are Reinterpreting 17th-Century Japanese Erotica

2016    THE GUARDIAN   LONDON, UK   Finnegans Wake: a musical reading sounds out a cryptic text

2016    TITANIK MAGAZINE   TURKU, FINLAND   “AD HOC LA”  THE REBEL ART SCENE

2016    TINY MIX TAPES   LONDON, UK   Recreating Finnegan’s Wake

2016    OPEN CULTURE   LONDON, UK   Hear James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake Read Unabridged & Set to Music By 17 Different Artists

2016    ANGELENO MAGAZINE   LOS ANGELES, CA   5 Must See Exhibits

2015    ARTILLERY MAGAZINE   LOS ANGELES, CA   JAN/FEB ISSUE  Guest Editor 

2014    YOKOHAMA KEIZAI SHIMBUN   YOKOHAMA, JAPAN   i:23

2014    CHAFFEY REVIEW Volume 11   LOS ANGELES, CA   Revolutions per Minute 

2013    HUFFINGTON POST  LOS ANGELES, CA   Margin Release Right

2013    X-TRA   LOS ANGELES, CA   The Art Of Anthropophagy