You can watch highlights from Chisato’s performance by clicking on the video below.

We caught up with Chisato to find out more about Deaf for 4’33” and her artistic practice in general...

How would you describe your performance?

Deaf for 4’33” is an installation work where I perform live for 4 minutes and 33 seconds, every hour on the hour. Taking inspiration from John Cage’s score 4’33”, this is my performative response from my Deaf perspective, where over the course of the day I slowly destroy an (old and out of tune!) piano to explore its sound, vibrations and biology. It was originally shown at Firstsite Gallery in Colchester, as part of We Are Invisible, We Are Visible (WAIWAV) in July 2022.

What does your artwork represent?

My artworks are interested in the visualisation of sound and music from my Deaf perspective and using digital technology to share my experiences of sensory perception and human encounters. For Deaf for 4′ 33”, I am exploring the sound and shape of a piano, through vision and touch.

Why do you use performance in your work?

For me, performance acts as a 3-dimensional artwork which has the potential to innovate the merging of digital technology with sensory experiences. It offers an additional layer of engagement which has the power to make performance more accessible.

What do you hope people will take away from Deaf for 4’33”?

I hope that Deaf for 4′ 33” will challenge people’s ideas around ‘usefulness’ and what a piano can be, look like or sound like. I’m interested in inviting people to connect with and be present in their senses. I hope they are interested in this new Deaf perspective on John Cage’s original score.

Photo credits: Frankie Shaftain-Fenner


Deaf for 4’33” is available for installation and touring to galleries and museum spaces. Please contact Chisato’s producer Michael Kitchin on [email protected] for more information.


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Chistao Miniamimura's website

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