Takashi Hinoda, Unsounded Voices, 2014.

Pterocarpus Reservation at Dorado Beach Resort. Installation that consist in invented letters that imitates the Japanese language, made of plastic and hanged from trees.

Unsounded Voices

“When it comes to artistic experience, an artist never knows what he could become, and those around him will not know that until the end of his life”

– Willem De Kooning

“I have always done installations inside museums, that way I feel control. But it was too comfortable and I wanted to make my protected creation within an authorized space. I wanted to create within nature…”

–Takashi Hinoda


The installation, Unsounded Voices; based on the Japanese syllabary, Katakana; was located in Dorado Beach’s Pterocarpus Forest. The pieces were hanged from the trees at altering heights and planes “with the intention of creating a harmonious composition within the environment”. For the artist, the installation represented a divergence from his usual artwork due to its temporary state as well as the materials used.

Unsounded Voices was made with sintra covered in 3M paper. The corners were painted with a thick black line whilst the inside was white. The peculiar shapes that formed every piece of the installation represented the Katakana syllabary. According to Hinoda, the onomatopoeic symbols were meant to evoke sentiments in the spectators even if they were not fully aware of the phonetic meaning.“The Japanese language contains many onomatopoeic words. These words have a special kind of presence in cartoons and illustrations…” wrote Emiko Yoshioka, one of the curators for the catalogue of Unsounded Voices.

The nature of humans is one that involves over analyzing the surroundings. To meditate over global situations and dilemmas allows one to remove the blindfold that separates one from reality. “It causes me great anguish the fact that I feel an increasing distant connection with the world. Nevertheless, the excruciating tension and anguish are very important to me. I see it as a call to the conscience”. Thus, instead of feeling relentless, one should see it all as Takashi mentions and portrays in