She works with installation, performance and composition, creating alternative listening situations that magnify silence, time and space.
Her sculptural work explores mundane and fragile objects such as scrap metals or glasses, and invisible energies such as magnetism or gravity. These elements are composed into contraptions to achieve aural and visual occurrences, embodying ‘almost nothing’ aesthetics.
She also composes and performs a diversity of alternative scores in collaboration with other artists and musicians worldwide. She is an artistic director for ame and co-runs the independent publisher mumei publishing and melange edition.
Selected installations include: the way they are (Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2019, UK), composition of happiness (Spanien19C, 2019, Denmark), kosetsu (Stedelijk Museum, 2019, Amsterdam), ploughs and harrows (Konfrontation Festival, 2018, Austria), listening with the city (Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, 2018, Germany), odds and ends (Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, 2018, Poland), loiner or (Industrial Museum of Leeds, 2018, UK), Object Migration (Avant Art Festival + Sanatorium Dź wię ku, 2017, Poland) and 1→ 5 (Uppsala Art Museum, 2016, Sweden).
Ryoko Akama is supported by PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music 2020, currently writing piano works for Philip Thomas and Another Timbre.