About the Videos
KAMIOTO is a live internet session connecting two locations on the planet with my concept of "connections." It is a one-day special event in the exhibition, "Keiko Miyamori: Bird Cages and the Gilded Boat - an installation with soundscape by Steve Berkowitz," curated by Sean Stoops. In KAMIOTO, three artists collaborate bwteen Japan and the United States in real-time. Berkowitz performs a live mix of five independent sound pieces based on the samples of firve bird songs from five continents. Miura contributes to the sound via internet by literally playing in a wild Japanese Cedar forest in Japan. Moe's video pieces play in response to the sounds of both musicians. The audience sits between two sound spaces and in front of the video, witnessing the interactions of all three.
Artists: Steven Berkowitz, Chikara Miura, Hsiang-Chin Moe and children in Ryugasaki Kindergarten
2008 Ghosts and Shadows
This video introduces you to the artists and their work. Also guest curator, Warren Angle and Amie Potsic from the partner organization, CFEVA, give us details and insight into the exhibition. But to see the actual work installed, you will have to visit The Schuylkill Center.
Artists: Jennifer Chapman, Keiko Miyamori, Kara Rennert, Marisha Simons
2007 KOKO TO SOKO
On May 6, 2007 the opening reception for Green Machine at The Schuylkill Center took place. At approximately 7:45 in the evening on Sunday here, and 8:45 on Monday morning in Japan, percussionists Toshi Makihara and Chikara Miura were ready to create music from opposite sides of our planet. Using mostly sticks and stones, and other natural found objects as instruments, they improvised an original piece of music for the occasion. The performance builds slowly, with the birds sitting in as chorus, and ends in a dynamic climax of percussive energy.
2006 City Root
I designed this sculpture with a crystal clear plastic cube. Sitting in a garden, the object seems like a giant ice cube captured a root. Inside of the root system can be seen more obvious by the Crystal plastic capturing technique. This enables the sculpture to be more physically interactive.
In January 2000, I visited a forest in Ryugasaqki-city in Japan. The area had just been decided to be developed as a city park project. Many of the trees were marked wityh tape, which meant those trees would be cut off for the project. I made an art installation in the forest using tree rubbings on Washi paper, which were hung in the forest over a lenght of 57 meters. In February, 2003, I visited the same area in Japan. It is still under construction, and the forest seemed dry. However, some of the trees had survived. I covered those trees with Washi paper and rubbed the surface with charcoal. These transformed Washi papers were brought to the United States and were pasted onto the piano, which is seen in this show, "Melody".
Miyamori presented a 1-ton, 5-foot root. The bricks, metal and glass scraped out from the root were also shown. The gallery has a high ceiling and window, which Ms. Miyamori used with a prism to reflect light from the sun. A swing, suspended from the ceiling, guides you to imagine another world. A video documentary by Abbe Klebanoff was also shown.
2001 Typewriter Energy
This video was showed in my exhibition “Typewriter – Energy 2002” in Philadelphia, PA
1999 Keiko in the forest
This video was showed in my exhibition “Images of Nature 2000” in Harlem, NY