SUITE/Space 2023 -24 | Murakami x Takeuchi | membrane | 虚実皮膜
membrane | 虚実皮膜
Murakami x Takeuchi
Choreographed and Performed by
Visual and Tech by
January 30 at 9:00 PM, February 2 at 7:00 PM, & February 4 at 7:00 PM
Runtime: 45 minutes
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150 First Avenue (Second Floor), NYC 10009
membrane | 虚実皮膜 is a multidisciplinary collaboration between movement artist Yoko Murakami and audiovisual artist Maria Takeuchi using motion-tracking technology. The work is inspired by the theory of “虚実皮膜 Kyojitsu Himaku,” in which the truth of the art lies in the fine line between artistic fiction and fact. This line or “membrane” will be represented by a translucent screen in the space, the line in which the duality will be explored.
The work is grounded by the elements – water, air, fire, and earth – as representation of birth, life, death, rebirth and the cyclical nature. The audience will be invited to float in between the dreamworlds without the need to define the experience.
The movement performance by Murakami will be captured by a motion tracking sensor and illuminated by bio-inspired generative visuals by Takeuchi. An original score by Takeuchi in collaboration with Alec Fellman, joined by percussionist Nava Dunkelman, accompanies the piece to create a transporting experience.
Yoko Murakami (she/her/hers) was born in Tokyo, Japan and is currently based in New York City. Yoko creates movement-based work in the forms of site-specific installations and experimental film. She enjoys creating works for spaces that are not traditionally designed for performance and is interested in finding new ways to activate and question the way we interact with our environments. She has presented her creations in spaces including Ace Hotel (New York, NY), Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn, NY), TheaterLab (New York, NY), Da Da Da Gallery (Seattle, WA), Eshk Salon and Room Salon (Brooklyn, NY), Aileyan Accessories (Brooklyn, NY). Her new venture into experimental film has led to her works being selected and screened in national and international film festivals in Seoul, Moscow, Naples, Belfort, Cyprus, Mexico City, and Lincoln Center in NYC, in 2022. Yoko is also a full-time jewelry designer/design director.
Maria Takeuchi, aka ÉMU, (she/her/hers) is a composer and audiovisual artist who creates sonic and visual poems, merging organismic soundscapes with generative art and illuminating objects inspired by nature.
Takeuchi co-directed as·phyx·i·a (2015), an experimental film using Kinect sensors created with Frederico Phillips. The work was selected as a New Directors Shortlist by Saatchi & Saatchi, showcased at Cannes Lions and MoMA. It appeared on nearly 200 international mediums, including BBC Newsnight, Canadian Daily Planet, TIME, and Microsoft commercials.
In 2020, she curated the audiovisual compilation Solace with Testu Collective with international artists for fundraising for IRC during the early Covid-19 exposure. She remotely showcased the audiovisual trilogy “A Trilogy of Waves” at Sound Forms 2020 hosted by Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong.
She frequently collaborates with insomniac hotel since 2021 as MA to explore sound art, installations, and audiovisual performances. The duo has performed at Ars electronica x NKB, online festivals such as Festival Pleamar, Public Visuals, and exhibition openings.
Takeuchi created visual programming for Petal Mori, illuminating Yuri Shimojo’s art piece with 108 Petri-dishes for her exhibition Memento Mori at Praise Shadows Art Gallery in 2021.
Her latest installation, ENN (2023) is an interactive dome installation along with the spatialized audio composition at Satosphere through the artist residency program at Société des Arts Technologiques.
Takeuchi has been involved in larger-scale projection mappings such as Ambient Church and dome projections at Bubbletecture H. She is fascinated to recreate and express the beauty of patterns and sound discovered in nature using secret encoding computed in technology, with a theme of “COEXISTENCE x RESONANCE.”
Special thanks to Ryuichi Sakamoto, Norika Sora, Mabou Mines SUITE/Space staff, Société des Arts Technologiques, Vincent Brault (SAT), Toshifumi Kakiuchi, Manaya Ueda, Testu Collective, Touchdesigner community.
membrane | 虚実皮膜 was developed, in part, through the artist residency program at Société des Arts Technologiques.
Maria Takeuchi, Alec Fellman, Nava Dunkelman
Sound Engineering by
Costume Design by
Lighting Design by
Tech supported by
Festival Stage Manager
Sound Board Operator
Stephanie l. Carlin
Alec Fellman earned his bachelor’s degree in music production and Audio Engineering from the Berklee College of Music. Since 2010 Alec has worked for Ryuichi Sakamoto’s NYC office and studio as an office manager, assistant engineer, and production manager. His experiences participating in Sakamoto’s activities, from performances and installations, to film scores and solo albums, have been inestimable to an inspiring work-life and evolution as a sound artist.
Working under his artist name, “insomniac hotel”, Alec has released several albums and offered numerous solo and collaborative, improvised performances. He also has provided the soundscape for a multi-media art installation (“Memento Mori” with Yuri Shimojo and Maria Takeuchi at Praise Shadows Art Gallery, MA). Additionally, alongside his partner, the duo known as “MA” has given notable performances improvising with non-traditional instruments and objects, sculpting singular aural moments in time. His artistic passions also include modular synthesis and signal processing, and field recording.
Alec resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Nava Dunkelman (she/her) is a percussionist and improviser based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in a multi-cultural environment by an American father and Indonesian mother. Her musical approach is innovative and dynamic, combining virtuosity and intuition. Meticulous in an intrinsic way, she uses her distinctive sound palette to explore and give life to a vast spectrum of musical possibilities.
Nava’s current projects are electro-percussion experimental noise duo IMA with Amma Ateria, and percussion duo NOMON with her sister Shayna Dunkelman. She also has performed and collaborated with Fred Frith, John Zorn, William Winant, Ikue Mori, Pauchi Sasaki, Angélica Negrón, gabby fluke-mogul, Brandon Seabrook, Du Yun, and many others. She has performed classical and contemporary pieces with the William Winant Percussion Group, Joan Jeanrenaud, Raven Chacon, San Francisco Girls Chorus, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Talea Ensemble and others. Nava studied percussion under Eugene Novotney at Humboldt State University before attending Mills College, where she studied with William Winant, Fred Frith, Maggi Payne, and Zeena Parkins.
Akiha Yamakami (she/her) was born in Nagano Prefecture, Japan in 1984. She studied at 2009 MA in Printmaking, Lithography major at the graduate school of Tama Art University, Tokyo. She lives and works in New York City from 2012. She creates soft sculpture works with print and clothes upon the theme of human body. She actively presents her work both in Japan and overseas. Started to collaborate with dance projects a few years ago. She makes costumes for dancers as well.