Akemi Takeya

Performing Artist (A/J)

Since 1991 Akemi Takeya has been living and working in Vienna. As a choreographer and performer she has collaborated with artists in the fields of dance, theater, film/video, photography and music. She has created numerous dance, video and performance pieces in collaboration with such artists as Paul V. Weihs, Sam Auinger & Rupert Huber, Sam Auinger, Roberto Paci Daló, Dorfmeister, G.X. Jupitter Larsen, Sergio Messina, Bob Ostertag, Robin Rimbaud aka SCANNER, Jon Rose, Andrea Sodomka, Wolfgang Mitterer, Tom Cora, Werner Puntigam, Christian Fennesz, Tetsuo Furudate, Granular Synthesis (modell 5 / 1994) , Ong Ken Seng, Benoit Lachambre, Uchihahsi Kazuhisa, Keiko Higuchi, Tanja Tomic, Noid, Rechenzentrum, Zbigniew Karkowski, Metalycée etc….

She has set up her own performance method and incorporates the thoughts from her journals, dreams, diaries and essays into her performance pieces, ultimately producing an unexpected and visceral fusion of sensory encounters. In her choreographic works she thinks rationally and lyrically, with head and body, in an eastern and western manner, in oppositions, combinations, entanglements, sounds, songs, spaces, movements, words.


Foto Karola Miernik

In her latest work of the rhizomatic performance series, LEMONISM Akemi Takeya confronts different “art isms” with her idea of Lemonism: In the series kick off performance LEMONISM x ACTIONISM she sets up a battle between the two concepts of LEMONISM and Actionism, adapts and re-enacts the strategies of the Viennese 1960s artistic movement. In Takeya’s cosmic and artistic world LEMONISM focuses on the body as material of “the I“ including 72 items. It is a trial of finding a new perspective to present the body, which aims to reconstruct the way of body definition. The presentation of this action through the 72 items re-identifies the body in a transfiguration – a multiple integration through the action. The lemon becomes a metaphor and a vessel for transforming each of the 72 items, a means of imprinting or personifying nature itself. Flesh acts as flesh, juice for blood, cut for cut.

* LEMONISM includes the thearter version, ” LEMONISM X DADAISM ” , the complete museum version,  ” LEMONISM x CUBISM | SYMBOLISM | MINIMALISM | DADAISM with the video installation LEMONISM X ACTIONISM | JAPONISM and the performance version, “ LEMONISM X ACTIONISM"

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