THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY PRESENTS
Aki Sasmoto: Aki Sasamoto
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October 24, 2012 – The Chocolate Factory (www.chocolatefactorytheater.
There is a proud stalker in pursuit of a perfect opposite. Between them lies the gray mass of a heavy ocean; matter expands and expunges little bubbles of wishes. Trying to bridge the gap will kill the joy, as well as the universe the stalker lives in. Grey equals rose. She is now pressed to gulp the not-red, not-white, rose wine.
Well known for her intricately detailed object-based performances (many of which have appeared at The Chocolate Factory), Aki Sasamoto’s Centripetal Run explores parallels between gray situations in personal lives, and electromagnetic radiation that forms the universe. The show opens with Pau Atela's pendulum mechanism, leading into Sasamoto's movement exploration and interaction with her objects. Matt Bauder's music and Madeline Best’s lighting add to the theatrical cosmology of Sasamoto's sculptural arrangement. Created by Aki Sasamoto. Music by Matt Bauder. Lighting by Madeline Best. Prologue by Pau Atela. Performance by Aki Sasamoto, Arturo Vidich.
Aki Sasamoto works in performance, sculpture, dance, small bar talks and whatever more medium that takes to get her ideas across. In her installation/performance works, Aki moves inside the careful arrangements of sculpturally altered objects, activating bizarre emotions behind daily life. Shown in exhibitions at Deutche Guggenheim, Germany; Yokohama Triennale, TAKE NINAGAWA gallery, Japan; Gwangju Biennial, South Korea; Zach Feuer Gallery, Chocolate Factory Theater, the Kitchen, Whitney Biennial 2010 at Whitney Museum, Greater New York at MOMA-PS1, New York; and other international venues. Besides her own work, she has collaborated with visual artists, musicians, choreographers, and scholars. Aki is also a co-founder of Culture Push Inc. www.akisasamoto.com
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