ongoing conceptual project



FIGURATIVE ー is a project which is representative of a system, that constitutes questions which address the disparity between idea and word, language and artistic expression.


As a Japanese person / as an artist / as a dancer / as a choreographer / as a single woman / as an Asian woman – as a Japanese female artist who lived and worked in Europe for the past seventeen years, I often ask myself the same question in different situations – Have I ever spoken properly? – While sometimes I confront that my inarticulateness values and as well devalues my experience. My physical behaviour, speech and the way of thinking are modified accordingly to adapt the situation where I am, to whom I speak, what kind of state and relation I am in the society. Switching the spoken language reflects how I feel, behave and express myself. 

Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. (…) The Lord said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.’ So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.
— Genesis 11:1, 6-8
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This basis of concept for this research originally derive from my own interest in communication and relation between Space, Others, Myself for finding better translation and interpretation in certain circumstances. What kind of spatial relation, or, What kind of human relation make us feel more comfortable? – The way of thinking, feeling, and dealing; are composed and affected by a person’s position in associates, with more affluent individuals expecting a further communication and relationship. People often make expectations and modify their surrounding needs.  A number of relationship may allow for a personal relation with others and space to be modified, those include cultural and familial background, experience and knowledge of learned upon personal history and cultural influences.


a.é.p.s – October 2019 – London /England – *scheduled
– June 2019 – Basel /Switzerland
adaption as progression
(unfinished) – January 2019 – Basel /Switzerland
– September 2018 – Montreal /Canada
within arm’s length
– May 2018 – Gießen /Germany
iii – May 2018 – Gießen /Germany
into the why
– March 2018 – Offenbach am Main /Germany
into the why
(#0.3) – March 2018 – Basel /Switzerland
into the why
(#0.2) – December 2017 – Catanzaro /Italy
into the why
(#0.1) – December 2017 – London /England
– workshop + video installation with Masterstudio HGK FHNW – November 2017 – Basel /Switzerland
Have I ever spoken properly?
– video art with De-Da Productions – September 2017 – Frankfurt am Main /Germany
into the why
(#0.0) – videography and photography with De-Da Productions – September 2017 – Frankfurt am Main /Germany
P.S. ii
– September 2017 – Frankfurt am Main /Germany
studio zero
– co-choreography with Claudio Costantino – December 2016 – Catanzaro /Italy
– October 2016 – Dorsten /Germany
– June 2016 – Basel /Switzerland
– June 2015 – Basel /Switzerland
Room 49
– June 2013 – Wiesbaden /Germany
– June 2012 – Wiesbaden /Germany
– June 2011 – Wiesbaden /German