YAMAOKA Sakiko

2008 7a*11d Festival

Sakiko Yamaoka and participants, We Are Elegant Jogjakarta Indonesia 2007 PHOTO courtesy of the artist

Best Place to Sleep (“Come with me” version)
Tuesday October 27 12 pm – 5 pm
Offsite

Human Beings Are Plants
Wednesday October 29 12 pm
Poppies Flower Shop
Thursday October 30 12 pm
Queen St W & Bellwoods Ave
Friday October 31 12 pm
Queen St W & Crawford St

Wind from Sky
Saturday November 1 8 pm
XPACE Cultural Centre

Presented by FADO Performance Art Centre

Delusion is the central idea of my life. Sometimes delusion gives me the hope to continue, and sometimes it attacks me and tempts me to commit suicide. I saw a very attractive logical misunderstanding from a book about schizophrenia: “Human beings are alive. Plants are alive. Therefore human beings are plants.” I felt this to be true. I love such dramatics. I define my art-works as sculptures depicting action, time and the relationship between artist and audience, artist and materials. In my work, I attempt to create an example of the “human condition.” For the last several years, I have been working within the framework of the geographical, political, historical and social contradictions of Japanese consciousness.

Between 2007 and 2012, Best Place to Sleep has been performed in various cities including: Tokyo, Warsaw, Boston, Zagreb and Toronto. In this intervention into public space, the artist (sometimes alone and sometimes with a group of participants) occupies space in banks and bank machine kiosks by lying down on the ground and attempting to take a short nap. The performance ends when the artist is asked to leave the premises. Yamaoka will be performing this work in Toronto on October 27, at various locations, between 12pm-5pm with local participants. 

Yamaoka performs another public intervention entitled Becoming at Plant at lcoal flower shops and variety store locations where flowers and plants are sold.

Wind from Sky is a new work by the artist created for 7a*11d.

YAMAOKA Sakiko graduated from the Musashino Art University in 1984 as an oil painter. Her interests turned to performance in 1991. Since the early ‘90s her work has been presented at international festivals and events in Japan, Korea, Singapore, Poland, Germany, Ireland, Slovakia, Indonesia and Thailand.

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Sakiko Yamaoka, Best Place to Sleep (“Come with me” version). © Sakiko Yamaoka. Presented by FADO Performance Art Centre in the context of the 2008 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto.

Sakiko Yamaoka, Human Beings Are Plants. © Sakiko Yamaoka. Presented by FADO Performance Art Centre in the context of the 2008 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto.

Sakiko Yamaoka, Human Beings Are Plants. © Sakiko Yamaoka. Presented by FADO Performance Art Centre in the context of the 2008 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto.

Sakiko Yamaoka, Wind from Sky. © Sakiko Yamaoka. Presented by FADO Performance Art Centre in the context of the 2008 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art at XPACE Cultural Centre, Toronto.

Sakiko Yamaoka, Wind from Sky. © Sakiko Yamaoka. Presented by FADO Performance Art Centre in the context of the 2008 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art at XPACE Cultural Centre, Toronto.