A performance/installation work by Aki Sasamoto ’04, titled “Strange Attractors” will be on view as part of the 2010 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art (945 Madison Avenue at 75th St., 212-570-3600, www.whitney.org/Exhibitions/2010Biennial) from Feb. 25–May 30 in New York City.
Sasamoto will be performing occasionally as part of the installation (on days of the month that contain the numbers 6, 9, 16, 19, 26 and 29) at 4 p.m., a.k.a. 16 o’clock. She applies mathematical concepts to personal life stories, while somehow making sense of her kaleidoscopic worldview. She says that her work deals with such varied subjects as “donuts, psychics and hemorrhoids.”
After graduating from Wesleyan, Sasamoto danced for a year in New York City with various choreographers, while creating her own works. She received an MFA in visual arts from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in 2007. She has continued to show her works in both visual arts and dance venues, mostly in New York, but also in such locations as Germany, Japan and New Zealand.
Sasamoto is the co-founder and co-director of Culture Push, a nonprofit arts organization with two other Wesleyan graduates Clarinda Mac Low ’87 and Arturo Vidich ’03 (www.culturepush.org). She taught sculpture at Wesleyan in fall 2009.
A video of Sasamoto talking about her upcoming performance at the Whitney Museum is online at http://www.whitney.org/WatchAndListen/Artists/Sasamoto.