2023 Residence Japan

Shimizu Miho

2023 Residence Program

Born in 1976, Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan

2020, 2021 “フレ フレ Ostrich!! Hayupang Die-Bow-Ken!” , APAF 2020 (scenography and costumes)、”Tokyo Festival 2021” (co-production of scenography and costumes) , Tokyo
2020, 2021, 2022 “Month of Arts Practice”, Artist-in-residence program organized by Heritage Space, Hanoi
2020, 2021 “Before You Dream”, collaboration with Suzuki Ryuichiro, Artist-in-residence program organized by Kinosaki Art Center in Kinosaki, Japam
2022 “TEXTILE POSTERS”, exhibition put together in an occasion of publishing the book “Shimizu Tokuko: TEXTILE POSTERS,” collaboration with Gottingham, Øyvind Renberg and Shimizu Tokuko, exhibition planned by Iwanaka Kanako, HAGI ART, Tokyo

※Portrait photo by Heidi Vogels

[Residence Program] Jul 10, 2023〜Sep 27, 2023
Shimizu Miho Official website


Using textiles as her main material, Shimizu creates sets for live events and video productions, as well as costumes and props for performers and dancers. She is interested in the way the shape and meaning of her creations are transformed by the performer's movements, and has been working on sets in which the performer disappears and reappears, and humorous costumes that cover the face and/or parts of the body, transforming the performer into a monkey or an ostrich.

In recent years, she has been exploring themes such as dreams, puppetry, and kites, through exchanges with local communities and professionals in the field. In Fukuoka, Shimizu will research traditional kite culture in Kyushu, using a pair of eye-shaped kites she made with Vietnamese craftsmen as a starting point and create works that reflect her encounters with people and stories.

"Do Puppets Dream of the Mekong Delta?", War at Weird House, as part of artist-in-residence program titled MAP 2022 organized by Heritage Space in Hanoi Photo by: MAP/ Heritage Space
"Screen", a pair of traditional kites made in collaboration with the kite artisan (Nguyen Van Quyen), Blue Project, Vietnam Fine Art University, as part of artist-in-residence program titled MAP 2020 organized by Heritage Space Photo by: MAP/ Heritage Space
Ostrich costume for “フレ フレ Ostrich!! Hayupang Die-Bow-Ken!”, performed by Yamanaka Mei, “Tokyo Festival 2021” Photo by Shimizu Miho
“xhe”, collaboration with Daniel Kok, performance piece over the course of 5 hours, costumes and scenography, as part of “da:ns festival 2018” at Esplanade Annexe Studio, 2018 Photo by Bernie Ng Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
"Möbius", collaboration with Øyvind Renberg, co-direction, costumes and scenography, video piece, 2016 Photo by Øyvind Renberg and Shimizu Miho

WINDS OF ARTIST IN RESIDENCE 2023 Dialogue ―― Deeper and Further

Exhibition view Photo by Kawasaki Ittoku
Exhibition view Photo by Kawasaki Ittoku
Exhibition view Photo by Kawasaki Ittoku
Exhibition view Photo by Kawasaki Ittoku
Exhibition view Photo by Kawasaki Ittoku
Exhibition view Photo by Kawasaki Ittoku

Interaction Diary

October 1-The 16th Umippi Kite-Flying Contest

Shimizu brought two different kites made in Fukuoka and in Vietnam to fly them at a local kite-flying contest in Marinatown City Beach Park in Atagohama. With advice from manykite-lovers, she could successfully fly the kites high up in the sky.
Photo credit : KAWASAKI Ittoku

September 23 – Talk Session on Residency Program – “Dialogue”
(Studio, Artist Cafe Fukuoka)

Shimizu and another residency artist Yamamoto Seiko, together with Nagano Sakurako and Shimodera Takanori, the two artists from the last year’s residency program who jumped in on the day, talked about what they felt good about FAAM AIR program. They also exchanged frank opinions about what improvements can be made and some other prospects for the residency program.

September 17 – Gallery Talk : Yamamoto Seiko + Shimizu Miho + Jin Choi and Thomas Shine
(Artist Cafe Fukuoka) 

Shimizu not only shared the story of Suzuki Shohei, a poet who created Shiragi-dako(kite), but also touched upon the outcomes of her research in Iki island, Nagasaki, Hirado, and Kitakyushu. She also invited the audience to visit the kite-flying contest which was scheduled to take place in Atagohama on October 1.

September 16 – October 22 – Residency Exhibition WINDS OF ARTIST IN RESIDENCE 2023 Dialogue : Deeper and Further
(Art Cafe, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum)

New artworks by Shimizu Miho at the Art Cafe, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Photo credit : KAWASAKI Ittoku

September 16-24 – Residency Exhibition WINDS OF ARTIST IN RESIDENCE 2023 Dialogue : Deeper and Further
(Studio, the Artist Cafe Fukuoka)

Shimizu showed her new kites made during the residency, as well as the outcomes of her research across Kyushu in two venues, the studio at Artist Cafe Fukuoka and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.
Photo credit : KAWASAKI Ittoku

September 6-Analysis of Shiragi-dako

Shimizu requested Prof. jeon seung hyouk of Kyushu Sangyo University to analyze the Shiragi-dako made by Suzuki Shohei and to make its reproduction. Shimizu came up with another question afterward that puzzled her however, at the same time, she was even more attracted to the Shiragi-dako.

September 2-Experimenting bamboo for kites

Shimizu learned some curving techniques of the bamboo which will be used for her kite. With instruction given by another artist Noguchi Tappei, she tried many different ways.

August 26―Making the new Kite

Artist at work, making the kite in studio. Technically it is very difficult to make a kite with good design and feature.

August 15-Testing to Fly the Kite

Shimizu went to Marinatown City Beach Park (Atagohama), the venue for a local kite-flying contest, to test flying her own kite. The kite was interrupted by the very strong wind on the beach at first, but eventually went up high in the sky.

August 12-Visit to Kite House Magoji

Shimizu visited a kite studio in Kitakyushu that has continued since the Meiji era. She learned about the design and production method of kites. Inspired by this visit, she decided to order a kite to show at the residency artist’s exhibition.

August 11-Visit to Iki Island

Shimizu went on a day trip to Iki island in Nagasaki, a famous place for Ondako, a traditional local kite. After visiting Ondako Kobo Hirao where she tried decorating kites, Shimizu also visited Sakyobana, a place for kite lovers to fly the kites. She also went to Iki City Ikikoku Museum, and some other places such as Onino-iwaya Kofun(ancient tomb), Kakegi Kofun, Soroku Kofun, and Onino-ashiato(which means a demon’s footpint, a large hole of a rock formation).

August 2-Research on Shiragi-dako(kite)

Shimizu met Shimizu Akio, a kite master and also a friend of the late poet Suzuki Shohei who used to make Shiragi-dako, to inquire about the shiragi-dako and their original kite.

July 30-Visit to Yame

Shimizu travelled to Yame, a well-known place for bamboo and washi (Japanese traditional paper), the two materials used for making kites. After hearing stories about bamboos from an artisan who makes bamboo blind, Shimizu also had a conversation with the local Chikuzen-biwa player. Later, the artist attended a lecture about Toro Ningyo (lantern puppetry) in Yame Fukushima and visited a studio for making Yame washi.

July 23 – Artist Talk : Jin Choi and Thomas Shine + Yamamoto Seiko + Shimizu Miho
(Held at the community space at the Artist Cafe Fukuoka)

Shimizu introduced her past video and installation works and talked about the recent themes she has been focusing on, such as dreams, puppetry, and kites. The artist also shared her plans for research about the traditional cultures of kites in Kyushu.

July 19 – Research about Kites

Since she was planning to make a new artwork on a theme of kite, Shimizu went to FAAM to see the work by Soeung Vannara, one of the previously invited residency artists in 2002, who made works of kites.

July 17-Visit to Tsunagi Art Museum

The artist travelled to visit Tsunagi Art Museum in Kumamoto prefecture and saw their residency artist’s exhibition. Shimizu met Ohira Yukari the invited artist for the exhibit, and some other local artists from across Kyushu such as Kumamoto, Oita, and Miyazaki as well as people who works in the art field.

July 13-Visit to Fukuoka City Museum

Shimizu saw the exhibition in the city museum and inquired the curator Matsumura Toshiki about the history and design of kite in Kyushu.

July 11 – First day in Artist Cafe Fukuoka

After receiving a guidance from FAAM curators and coordinators, Shimizu shared the plan for her research and art-making during the residency.