Keiko Miyamori and Ami Yamasaki performing at the LES Ecology E-Waste Warehouse on September 5th, 2018.
From LES Ecology:
You Are Unwanted, Yet, You Radiate
Our Artist-in-Residence, Keiko Miyamori, has created site specific performance art at our E-waste Warehouse. As part of this installation, she will put on an hour of performance art, featuring recordings of “primal vocals” from vocalist Ami Yamasaki along with other performers from Japan on September 15, 4-5pm. This unique movement and sound performance aims to ‘shine light’ on the world of the discarded.
Stop by the warehouse to witness this unique performance that utilizes the warehouse space in a very special way. The audience should follow ‘the sound’ during the performance.
Art: Keiko Miyamori
Voice/Vocal: Ami Yamasaki
Movement: Aoi Sato
Light: Kazue Taguchi
MC: Troy Hanna
When: 4-5pm, Saturday, September 15, 2018
Where: E-Waste Warehouse, 469 President Street
Open to the Public – Suggested Donation $5
Ami Yamasaki is a vocalist and cross-media artist from Tokyo. Yamasaki creates installations, performance pieces and directs films. With primal vocals and movement, she explores the possibilities of a deeper understanding towards the mechanism of the world. Asian Cultural Council grantee (NY, 2017), Asian Fellow of Japan Foundation (Philippines, 2018). Her work is diverse and prolific; ranging from the collaborations with many artists and musicians such as Keiji Haino, Yasunao Tone, Akira Sakata, and Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Keiko Miyamori is a visual artist, born in Yokohama and grew up in Tokyo. Miyamori’s work encompasses natural materials such as charcoal, mineral pigments, and washi paper. She also creates project-based workshops and installations. Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts (Philadelphia,1998-99); Transformation Grant, Leeway Foundation (Philadelphia, 2008); Fellowship in the Arts, The Independence Foundation (Philadelphia 2010); Grantee, Asahi Shimbun Foundation (Japan 2018); Among other Awards.
Artist Statement from Keiko Miyamori
A beautiful skylight was shining and I was alone in the space. I was observing the neighborhood and thinking of what I could do during the Artist-in-Residency Program. Every day, a great number of discarded electronics come into the E-waste Warehouse in Gowanus, Brooklyn, which is now a major development site in the city. Electronic components piled up and overflowed. Once they were wanted, at high prices, then thrown away. I learned that many of the trees in the neighborhood were cut down, thrown away on the land being developed. It may be easier not to think about how to live with old stuff. For many, it is not a big deal because they can always buy or plant something new. I wonder if these habits are a reflection of how people feel about themselves – in a society where some individuals feel like they have been thrown away?
In the long term, everyone will essentially be thrown away or removed from the living anyway. In nature, it may be not a big deal because creatures or life forms that can’t adapt to new environments are selected out. So, even if we are all in an unwanted existence here, we can still radiate, as beautiful as possible, for a moment in time while on earth. And respecting the old things, treating them well, living with them, may be of equal value to respecting human relationships – our friends, our families, ourselves.
I decided to create tree rubbings on Washi paper from around Gowanus. The trees I rubbed, which may disappear in the next couple of years. l utilized a site currenly being developed, a residential site, and a commercial site in the neighborhood. I will display the rubbings on the wall at the warehouse during E-Waste Warehouse Open Studio, Sept 1-14. The distinct skylight spots here and there, the objects are sometimes in light, sometimes in the shadow.