Shigeto. This program is in support of the exhibition, Future Present: Design in a Time of Urgency, and will be co-presented as part of the Art Electronica Festival 2020.
Artists take on pseudonyms for a multitude of reasons, but in Zach Saginaw’s case those reasons run deeper than most. Shigeto is Zach’s middle name as well as his grandfather’s name: a tribute to the Japanese branch of Zach’s family tree. Shigeto also means “to grow bigger”—appropriate, given Zach’s premature birthweight of less than a pound. Today, Shigeto stands for Zach’s vividly beautiful electronic music. Beat-driven, but given to richly textured sound design; rhythmically fractured, but melodically sumptuous, Shigeto’s music is a bridge between the past and present, bringing the artist face to face with a creative legacy that spans decades.
Shigeto will be performing a uniquely created live set specific to this exhibition, an electronic and analogue exploration inspired by the themes and ideas of the Ars Electronic Festival and Detroit Month of Design.