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   Date: 2/25/10 Bookmark and Share

The Bizarre and the Everyday—Whitney Biennial Artist to Visit Smith

Aki Sasamoto, a New York-based Japanese artist in several media, uses performance, sculpture, dance and other forms of expression to explore her avid curiosities about the way we live life, our unconscious repeated actions and routines, and how minute changes alter our realities.

“I am interested in procedures, gestures, and habits in daily life,” she comments in her artist statement on her Web site. “They are constant. Minute differences in their execution expose the condition of people’s mental state or environment.”

Sasamoto, the recipient of several art awards, will visit Smith on Tuesday, March 2, to give an artist talk at 5 p.m. in Graham Auditorium, Hillyer. Her talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by MathStudio, an ongoing creative studio space at Smith focusing on process and dialog about art and mathematics.

“I have been following Sasamoto’s work for a few years,” said Pau Atela, professor of mathematics and statistics, who coordinates MathStudio. “She will be presenting her work through projections and talking about memory, body, emotion, time/place and personal narrative.”

It will be Sasamoto’s second performance at Smith, said Atela. The artist visited campus in 2008 for an art/math participation event, “X =,” part of the launch of MathStudio.

Sasamoto was recently chosen as a 2010 Whitney Biennial artist, a prestigious group of contemporary artists annually showcased by the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Whitney Biennial is the renowned museum’s signature exhibition. Sasamoto will perform there in March.

Sasamoto’s installation, performance and visual art work has been shown in venues around the world, including—in addition to New York—San Francisco, Germany, New Zealand, Japan.

Her Smith talk is also sponsored by the Lecture Committee.


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