This fall I'm one of the artist-in-residence at Daisen Laboratory for their Itonami Daisen residency project and festival. Magic School is a project that consists of performance, animation, meals and workshops that question the role of 'magic' in everyday life through the lens of reading futures. Integrating both my fortune telling practice and drawing/animation, I will work on a new installation and film.
105 Chrysanthemums and Fortune House will be part of a group exhibition curated by Natasha Chaykowksi at the new gallery in Calgary, Alberta. Opening September 15 -October 28. More information on the exhibition here. For those interested in booking a session for a one-on-one performance/reading at Fortune House a few more spots have opened up for Sunday.
I'll be performing an iteration of the performance Compass with sound artist Nancy Tam on September 1 and 2 as part of Cinevolution's Your Kontinent Digital Carnival 2017. Joining us on this 40 minute performance will be Asa Mori (technical assistance), James Proudfoot (lighting) and Cherry Wen Wen Lu (project assistance). This work explores my connection to my paternal grandmother through 4 intersecting directions history, home, myth, and the archive.
I've contributed some dark and playful charcoal and graphite illustrations as part of Shirley Camia's new collection of poetry called Children Shouldn't Use Knives which will be out this November with At Bay Press. Looks like we have a book launch January 7, 2018 at Paper Hound in Vancouver. More details on pre-ordering the book soon.
My muti-media installation dawn to dust is up in Kelowna until June 23 at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art. This work reworks memory-based drawings by my father and his siblings of a time that isn't necessarily 'recorded' when after the internment of Japanese Canadians they 'chose' repatriation to Japan in the areas of Fukuouka and Shizuouka from 1946 to about the late 1950s/early 1960s when they all returned back to Canada. The drawings and stories are the basis of a piece called dawn to dust which originally began as a short fiction work told in the perspective of a mutt dog, a statue, a mejiro bird, a ghost, and a house snake. The audio fiction plays with 5 intimate animated movies set in tiny architectural structures. Once again a large group of collaborators has helped to make this work possible (please visit the project section to see the names of everyone!) I originally began production for this in 2013 the year when my father passed suddenly. The project sat dormant in a state of limbo for some time (with majority of it finished) and I'm pleased to be able to take this opportunity to realize it in this phase.