Art Talks with Yoshihide Sodeoka

Multidisciplinary artist Yoshihide Sodeoka creates mind-bending videos, GIFs, and prints that melt reality away in glitchy or kaleidoscopic visuals. Doused with vivid colors, his works often turn the two-dimensional picture plane into a landscape of seemingly infinite strata. His GIFs are dangerously alluring — try peeling your eyes away from his Psychedelia series, for example. His video art is equally mesmerizing and delightfully dizzying, with many works guided by music Sodeoka helped compose. Further crossing into the music scene, Sodeoka has also collaborated with bands such as Tame Impala and Yeasayer, creating the visuals for their music videos. In 2013, he founded Undervolt & Co., a label for experimental video artists and an online treasure trove of visual snacks. Sodeoka’s own art has been on display in museums from Tate Britain to the Museum of Modern Art to Centre Pompidou.

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From the series Psychedelia (2011)

Born in Hiroshima, Sodeoka grew up in Yokohama city but currently lives in New York. He first started creating digital art after playing around with Mac Paint and Mac Draw on one of the older, bulky Macintosh computers from the ’80s. Since then, he’s been hooked on the medium: “It’s the most natural thing to do for me,” he told the WILD.

Below, we ask him a couple of question to get a glimpse of the innards of his creative mind.


From the series Noise (2010)

What are you currently working on?

Making a music video for a Danish band called Ice Cream Cathedral. And running an experimental video art label Undervolt & Co.

What’s your earliest memory or experience of art?

“Tower of The Sun” by Okamoto Taro.

I understand you also have a background in music; how has this colored or influenced your approach of your visual works?

I think a lot of musicians imagine colors and shapes in their heads when they make and play music. So I think I just learned how to make actual visual art out of it and got a little bit better at it.

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From the series Distortion IV (2013)

What’s the WILDest project you’ve ever worked on?

I played some obnoxious noise audio/visual show in front of a large audience in Barcelona once. We managed to clear out the auditorium before the end of the set. I guess I can say that was pretty wild…

What is on your artist’s bucket list?

To make something that’s timeless. Artwork that would stand the test of time even after 100 years. But the sad thing is that I will never know because I will be dead by then.

With whom from the art world would you like most to go on a tête-à-tête?

Yokoo Tadanori.

What would you be doing if you didn’t have your current occupation?

Always wanted to be able to play trumpet well. So maybe that.

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“Speed Kills” (2009)

What can’t you live without?

Quiet sleeping environment.

What does good energy mean to you?

Zen.

What do you think there is too much of, and too little of?

Too much information, too little privacies.

What is your WILD Wish?

Aurora sighting in somewhere cold.

Header image from the series Video Nature; all works courtesy the artist

text by: Claire Voon










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