This video shows an excerpt of the performance Strange Attractors by Aki Sasamoto at the Whitney Museum of American Art on the 26th February 2010. Aki Sasamoto’s contribution to the Whitney Biennial 2010 consists of the “careful arrangement of sculpturally altered found objects and insistent repetitions of performance that change and add to the feelings of the installation; the objects themselves provide guidance for the artist’ structured improvisation. Sasamoto demonstrates and develops a kaleidoscopic worldview out of deeply personal episodes and a hypothetical mapping of the universe. In an attempt to understand and feel the mathematical concept of strange attractors in dynamical systems, she jumbles her recent obsession for doughnuts, fortune-tellers, hemorrhoids, and things detected in the world”. (Excerpt from the press release).
Aki Sasamoto is a New York-based, Japanese artist, who works in performance, sculpture, dance, and other media. Sasamoto completed an MFA degree in visual arts at Columbia University, and is a recipient of Visual Art Grant from Rema Hort Mann Foundation, the Toby Fund Award from the Toby Fund, and many US and Japanese scholarships. She has worked with lower lights collective, Jeffrey Schiff, Eiko & Koma, Koosil-ja Hwang, Hari Krishnan, and Yvonne Meier.
In her own work, Sasamoto is interested in everyday gestures on nothing and everything. Today’s performance/installation builds on and shifts out of yesterday’s, remembering, modifying, developing. Her works are shown both in dance and visual arts venues in New York, San Francisco, Germany, New Zealand, and Japan.
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Aki Sasamoto: Strange Attractors. Performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of the Whitney Biennial 2010. Full length-version (30:26 Min.):