Into Performance: Japanese Women Artists in New York

By Midori Yoshimoto | Go to book overview

CHAPTER FIVE
Music, Art, Poetry,
and Beyond: The Intermedia
Art of Mieko Shiomi

I think that all are processes, including doing a per-
formance and living. In addition, I think that art and
everyday life should also give feedback to each other….
Feedback is our way of receiving or experiencing things
in daily life, or of polishing our senses and enriching
our imagination. Unless we try to enrich our lives, I feel
that there is no meaning in doing art.

—Mieko Shiomi,
Mieko Shiomi Intabyū [Mieko Shiomi Interview]

From early on, Mieko Shiomi has explored a way to integrate her art and life. Her intensive musical background and radical interest led her to cofound Group Ongaku, the avant-garde music ensemble based at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1960, and later to join Fluxus in New York in 1964. Although she returned to Japan after a year, she intensively participated in Fluxus concerts and other activities during this short period. Since 1964 Shiomi has associated herself with Fluxus, but, like many other Fluxus artists, she has had an independent professional career outside of the occasional group activities, and has produced many musical works as a professional composer.

While Shiomi identifies herself as a composer rather than an artist, most

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