SHIOMI Mieko
(1938-)

 

Born in Okayama Prefecture in 1938. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts Department of Musicology in 1961. During her studies, together with Kosugi Takehisa and others she formed “Group・Ongaku” and created tape music and improv performances. In 1963 she was introduced to Fluxus by Nam June Paik, and in the following year, went to New York by George Maciunas’ invitation. In 1965 she came up with the “Spatial Poem” series conducted through international mail, and held 9 events over 10 years. After pursuing the performance art that triggered the initial event, she settled on intermedia. Moved to Osaka in 1970. Since then, she has composed many pieces of chamber music focused on voice and words.

Her invitation to the Fluxus Festival in Venice in 1990 reignited relationships with European and American artists.
Participated in events like FLUXUS VIRUS in Cologne in 1992 and SeOUL NYmAX held by Jonas Mekas and Nam June Paik in New York in 1994; domestically, she planned performances like Fluxus Media Opera and Fluxus Trial, as well as collaborative visual poetry like Fluxus Balance. Held solo exhibitions at Donguy Gallery in Paris in 1995 and Hundertmark Gallery in Cologne in 1998. She also created several works and editions for group exhibitions in Europe and the United States.

Advocated the concept of “transmedia”, the expression of a single concept across differing mediums, at the “Intermedia/Transmedia” talk & performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, in 2012.

Aside from musical work and performances, Shiomi’s visual poetry, object poems, and other works are collected by many museums across the world. She currently works as an invited researcher at Kyoto City University of the Arts Archival Research Center.

 


"Endless Box"

1963/2011 
Wooden box, paper, wrapping cloth
Open edition
Wooden box size: 16×16×9cm 
Signed


"Water Music" (white label)

1964/2019
Glass bottle, label
Φ4.0×H10.5cm
Ed.10
Signed and numbered

 
"Water Music" (blue label)

1964/2019
Glass bottle, label
Φ4.0×H10.5cm
Ed.10
Signed and numbered

 


"Invitations to Spatial Poem"

1965/2020
14 sheets, printing on paper
33.0×24.0×1.0cm
Ed.23
Signed and numbered


"A FLUXATLAS"

1965/1992
Printing on paper
Cover: 19.0×21.6cm
Map: 36.4×84.7cm
Ed.500
Signed and numbered

 
"Flipbook <Disappearing Music for Face> Reflux Edition" (Edition A)

1960s/2002
Plastic case, printing on paper, objet
4.0×6.2cm
Case size: 6.0×10.0×2.0cm
Signed
SOLD

 


"Flipbook <Disappearing Music for Face> Reflux Edition" (Edition B)

1960s/2002
Plastic case, printing on paper, objet
4.0×6.2cm
Case size: 6.0×10.0×2.0cm
Signed


"Requiem for George Maciunas"

1990
Set of casette tape and sheet music
Set size: 18x12cm
Signed on sheet music
SOLD


"Fluxus Suite"

2002
Set of CD and 10 sheets of sheet music
Sheet music size: 12.2×24.3cm
CD case size: 12.5×14.0×1.0cm
Open edition
Signed

 


"Fluxus Balance"

1993
Portfolio
33.0×24.0×1.0cm
Ed.100


"Fluxus Balance Version 1995"

1995
Work size: 32x22.7cm
Box size: 35x26x5.5cm
Ed.VI/X
Signed and numbered
SOLD


"Bottled Music #1~#14"

1993
Mixed Media
Bottle height: 8.0~9.5cm
Attaché case size: 12.0×42.5×34.0cm
Each bottle signed and numbered

 


"Bottled Music Selection 1"

1993-2013
Mixed media
Bottle height: 8~10cm
Box size: 24×18×11cm
Signed and numbered
SOLD


"Bottled Music #9 Ready to Blend Expressions "

1993
Objet
Φ4.0×H10.5cm
Ed.12
Signed


"Bottled Music #10 Time-Capsule"

1993
Objet
Φ5.4×H8.5cm
Ed.12
Signed   

 


"Bottled Music #12 Sonic Palindrome"

1993
Objet
Bottle size: Φ5.5×H8.5cm
Tray size: 13.0×6.0×1.4cm
Ed.12  
Signed and numbered  


"Bottled Music #14 Dream Inducer"

1993
Objet
Bottle size: Φ5.0×H8.0cm
Box size: 6.5×7.5×8.5cm
Ed.12
Signed

 
"Bottled Music Selection 3"

1993/2013
A copy of the pamphlet for Sound Object Exhibiton and a local newspaper clipping is also included
Bottle height: 8~10cm 
Box size: 24x18x11cm
Ed 1
Each bottle signed and numbered 
SOLD

 


"Assorted Spices for Dinner & Daydreams"

1995
Mixed media
Bottle height: 16.2cm
Box size: 21.5×13×9cm
Ed.12
Signed and numbered

 
"Grappa Fluxus A Musical Embryo"

1995
Mixed media
Bottle height: 28cm
Ed.4
Signed and numbered
SOLD


"Grappa Fluxus Twelve Embryos of Music"

1995
Mixed media
Bottle height: 30.5cm
Ed.4
Signed and
numbered
SOLD

 


"FLUXFAX"

1994
Bag size: 43x36x7cm
Ed.91/99
For preservation, the bag comes inside a light felt bag
Bag is signed
SOLD


"TIME LABYRINTH"

1994
Silkscreen
Sheet size: 30.5×21.5cm
Ed.10
Signed and numbered


"Endless Music"

1997 
Published: Stamp Art Gallery
Box size: 18×14.5×3.5cm
Ed.50 
Signed
SOLD

 


"Ultimate Music No1~No.6"

2004
Set of 6 visual poems, printing on paper
21.0×29.7cm
Ed.46
Signed and numbered


"Events & Games"

2005
Published: Gallery 360
Box size: 17×14×5cm
Ed. 80
Signed and numbered
SOLD


"An Incidental Story on the Day of a Solar Eclipse #1, #2, #3"
"An Incidental Story on the Night of a Lunar Eclipse #1, #2, #3"

2008/2019
Set of 6 volumes
Comes with attache case
Case size: 27.0×38.0×7.0cm
Ed.6
Signed and numbered

 


Series "Windows to Observe Constellations"

2019
Mixed media set of 10
34.5×42.3×5.0cm
Ed.3
Signed


"Window to Observe Andromeda"

2019
Mixed media set of 10
34.5×42.3×5.0cm
Ed.3
Signed

 
"Window to Observe Aquarius"

2019
Mixed media set of 10
34.5×42.3×5.0cm
Ed.3
Signed

 


"Window to Observe Capricorn"

2019
Mixed media set of 10
34.5×42.3×5.0cm
Ed.3
Signed


"Window to Observe Cassiopeia"

2019
Mixed media set of 10
34.5×42.3×5.0cm
Ed.3
Signed

 
"Window to Observe Cepheus"

2019
Mixed media set of 10
34.5×42.3×5.0cm
Ed.3
Signed

 


"Window to Observe Delphinus"

2019
Mixed media set of 10
34.5×42.3×5.0cm
Ed.3
Signed


"Window to Observe Eridanus"

2019
Mixed media set of 10
34.5×42.3×5.0cm
Ed.3
Signed

 
"Window to Observe Pegasus"

2019
Mixed media set of 10
34.5×42.3×5.0cm
Ed.3
Signed

 


"Window to Observe Perseus"

2019
Mixed media set of 10
34.5×42.3×5.0cm
Ed.3
Signed


"Window to Observe Scorpio"

2019
Mixed media set of 10
34.5×42.3×5.0cm
Ed.3
Signed

 

 


"A pillow for listeing to a Labyrinthian overture which will lead you to a sound sleep or Nirvana"

2003
Collage
29.7×42.0×1.0cm
Ed.4
Signed


"A pillow for stealing into a ballerina’s dreams"

2003
Collage
29.7×42.0×1.0cm
Ed.4
Signed

 

 

◆Books・Catalogues
◆548 - "SHIOMI Mieko+FLUXUS" Special Edition Catalogue

Published: September 2022
Text: Shiomi Mieko "Fluxus Retrospect" "Commentary on Works"
Editing/design: Shibata Takashi
Book: 24.0cm×16.0cm, 110 pages, Japanese and English
Publisher: WATANUKI Ltd.
Edition: 35

Special edition contents:
 A) Numbered catalogue, signed postcard
 B) "Reqiuem for George Maciunas" original casette tape
 C) Copy of handwritten sheet music by Shiomi Mieko
 D) Attache case (26.5×21.0×10.0cm)

◆547 - "SHIOMI Mieko+FLUXUS" Limited Edition Catalogue

Published: September 2022
Text: Shiomi Mieko "Fluxus Retrospect" "Commentary on Works"
Editing/design: Shibata Takashi
Book: 24.0cm×16.0cm, 110 pages, Japanese and English
Publisher: WATANUKI Ltd.
Edition: 365

Special edition contents:
 A) Numbered catalogue

◆487 - SPATIAL POEM(Self published)

1976 

21.0×27.3cm

Signed limited edition.
Text in English.


◆470 - Shiomi Mieko "Collection of Performances  50 some years of Fluxus" Signed book

2017

21.4×18.2cm
59P

A record of 45 performance works

 

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No.346)    SHIOMI MIEKO + FLUXUS    9/2 - 9/17