When the Yamamba passes, will you see her? Will you meet her gaze? She seeks and seeps into the psyche of those who will not see her. There she makes new nightmares. Yamamba ( 山姥 ) lives in the dusky edge of the primordial forest, on the fringe of civilization's subconscious.
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Trailer for the performance at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2012
for Askew Film & Performance Festival by Femina Potens Gallery
Extended video plays in the background while Midori, as the Yamamba performs.
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Tokyo native now based in San Francisco, Midori creates installations and performances provoking reaction and invite participation. Giving shape and texture to emotion, memory, desire, beauty and repulsion fascinates her. Her ongoing Evoco series explores nature of collective memory and subconscious revisions of experience.
Her performances of the Yamamba blurs the boundary of the sacred / the profane, memory / wishing, madness / clarity, and explores the realm of myth and shamanism.
Recent pieces include:
- Prohibition, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, in the Room for Big Ideas project, as a special evening for the We Carry Each Other exhibition. 2013
- Performance contribution to Eliza Barrios’s video installation, Threshold, on the external wall of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts entrance. 2013
- MumyoGami - God of No Name performance for The News, queer arts event, at SoMArts Cultural Center 2013
- Installation and interactive experience Dining Room at SoMArts Cultural Center for All Good Things… group show 2013
- Interactive performance, Aka Ito, in 100 Performances for the Hole at SoMArts Cultural Center 2014
- Performance Hodoku for Askew Film & Performance Festival at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2014
She's collaborated with Nick Knight for British Vogue, Titiano Magni, Singaporean choreographer Ong Ken Sen, and styled for Keith Lock's indie Chinese-Canadian ghost movie "The Ache". Her work has been featured in Lisa Z. Morgan’s tome “Design Behind Desire”. She's created and shown at Das Arts in Amsterdam, Tanzquartier in Vienna, Coco De Mer in London, Femina Potens and Gallery Flux in San Francisco as well as Torture Garden in London.
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