Official Program

Chikako Yamashiro

Mud Man (Exhibition)
And I Go through You (Performance)

AllMusicVisual Art

10.6−11.18, 2018North Gallery, South Gallery (Exhibition)
Multi-purpose Hall (Performance), Kyoto Art Center


Triggered by the vibrations of a human beatbox, dense imagery comes and goes, fact and fiction intermix

Chikako Yamashiro’s work explores her home prefecture of Okinawa while at times integrating herself into the frame of her photography and video. The body is indispensable for this process. For example, having listened to the harsh testimony of the survivors of war and confronted what is impossible to understand, Yamashiro then repeats and imitates the voice of the witness. And all while resigned to a peril that transfixes. It is a process of drawing closer to others through the body, accommodating the voice of the other into the body.

Seeds in the dung dropped by birds awaken the people lying all over the ground. The three-screen installation Mud Man that starts with this scene full of mythic power was shot in Okinawa and Jeju, an island in South Korea with a similar history. On the screens, a momentous reality intersects with a poetic fiction. The sound of human beatboxing is reinterpreted as the sounds of gunshots, pulling the vision of war toward the body and triggering the viewer to imagine past and future wars.

During the exhibition, there will also be a live performance developed out of the Mud Man installation. Featuring sound, voice, and footage that perturbs and disquiets, these various elements intermix without separating, opening up the body to experience a new imaginative journey.

Exhibition Dates

October 6 (Sat) - November 18 (Sun)

*October 5 (Fri) Pre-Opening

Free Admission

Performance Dates

October 12 (Fri)


16:00- / 18:00-*
October 13 (Sat)


11:00-◎ / 14:00- / 17:00-

◎ Childcare service available. Please contact the Kyoto Experiment Office for more information.
*Post-performance Talk
Duration: 50 min. (TBD)


North Gallery, South Gallery (Exhibition)
Multi-purpose Hall (Performance), Kyoto Art Center
546-2 Yamabushiyama-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8156
-5 minutes’ walk from exits 22 and 24 of Shijo Station (Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line) and Karasuma Station (Hankyu Kyoto Line).


Ticket Prices (Performance)

Adult Advance ¥2,000 / Day ¥2,500
Youth, Students Advance ¥1,500 / Day ¥2,000
High School Students & Younger Advance and Day both ¥1,000
Pair ¥3,500 (Advance Only)

Youth Tickets: available for those aged 25 and under.



Day Tickets

Same day tickets will be available for each performance at the venue box office one hour before the performance starts.
The latest information on ticket availability will be updated below at 11:30am on the day of each performance. We also accept ticket availability inquiries by phone.
Ticket Center: 075-213-0820 (11:00-19:00).



Chikako Yamashiro

Photo by Kise Moriaki

Born in Okinawa in 1976, Chikako Yamashiro completed postgraduate studies in environmental design at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts in 2002. Her practice employs photography and video that explores both herself as well as her home prefecture of Okinawa. Since Your voice came out through my throat (2009), which comprised a film of a performance tracing the words of people who experienced the Battle of Okinawa, she has shifted toward highly fictional approaches using video. She has also recently engaged in collaborative practices in pursuit of encounters that transcend media or category, including theater and film with dance performers. Her solo exhibitions include A Woman of the Butcher Shop at “MAM Project 018: Yamashiro Chikako” (Mori Art Museum, 2012–13), while her recent major exhibitions include “Asian Women Artists”, the Aichi Triennale 2016, “From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art” (Contemporary Jewish Museum, USA, 2016–17) and “Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018” (Nominated for the Singapore Art Museum 2018 Art prize). She won the Grand Prize at the Asian Art Award in 2017 and The Zonta Prize, given to a female filmmaker, at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2018.

©Chikako Yamashiro, Courtesy of Yumiko Chiba Associate

©Chikako Yamashiro, Courtesy of Yumiko Chiba Associate


Video shooting, editing: Chikako Yamashiro
Video setup: Shinji Tanaka
Sound: So Takagi

Composition, direction, video: Chikako Yamashiro
Performer: Sh0h (HUMAN BEATBOX ARTIST), DJ SHOTA (DJ), Tokiii (RAPPER), and others
Live camera: SongGi Kim
Video setup, operation: Kotaro Konishi
Sound: So Takagi
Lighting: Rie Uomori (kehaiworks), Hitomi Kiuchi
Music composition: Yabiku Rika (Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts)
Body movement direction and design: QUICK (MuDA)
Research cooperation: Sachiyo Tsurumi, Hiroko Arakaki, Reona Nishinaga, Atsushi Izena, Hiroshi Tanaka Casting cooperation: Kousuke Hashizume, Emiko Nishioka
Assistant director: Ryuichi Tani (Kyoto Art Center)

Dramaturge: Masashi Nomura
Co-curator: Mayumi Yamamoto (Kyoto Art Center)
Support for research: TERUMO FOUNDATION for LIFE SCIENCES and ARTS
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2018
Presented by KYOTO EXPERIMENT, Kyoto Art Center, KYOTO STEAM—World cultural exchange festival—Executive Committee