April   3, 8-10pm: [TABULA RASA] opening reception
April   3, 8-10pm: Meghann McCrory's exhibition reception
April 10,                 Ali Prosch's exhibition reception
April 13, 2 - 7pm:  CalArts MFA Open Studios 2008
April 17, 9-11pm:  [TABULA RASA] closing reception
April 17, 9-11pm:  Michiko Yao's SHOJOHOLIC reception

Monday, April 21, 2008

A cocktail party...

Last week Ali and I covered all the openings and holes in the walls of the cube with plexi, tissue paper, tape, balloons, insulation foam, photo gels and anything else we could find to prepare for our next performance. It was no small job - Michiko's interventions made an impressive constellation across two walls...

On Thursday we invited six other people to come to a "cocktail party" inside the cube, complete with music and a disco ball. While we enjoyed refreshments and conversation, people wandered by the cube, sometimes poking a curious finger through the tissue paper...their interventions were quickly covered up while we talked about the weather, our weekend and what we planned for the summer.

Another participant stayed in the passageway/crawlspace of the cube, protected by plexi, reading a book and eating a sandwich.

During the party each guest was invited to choose a spot on one of the walls to cut a hole. About 45 minutes in, everyone stuck an arm or a leg out of the cube - it quickly became an interactive performance as our audience gave us high-fives, lent us yo-yo's, stole flip flops, and various other communications with our disembodied limbs...some of which were a little less benign. At one point, several people tried to pull me through the dry wall entirely - I have a ring of black and blue around my leg to show for it...

Here are some images...

Big thanks to Lakshmi Luthra for documenting the night!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

TABULA RASA extends another week

Originaly TABULA RASA project had planed to end today. Following the plan, I (Michiko) leave the project today, but Meghann and Ali continue working on it for another week. 

In this collaboration project, my approach was to create a series of holes that perforate the walls to transgress the boundary between inside and outside. Through the accumulation of these small but impactful gestures, I investigate the role of boundaries as persistent obstacles created by the binary relationships that divide art/life, masculinity/femininity, East/West and high/low. Through this process of erasure I strives to rejoin the divided and propose a monistic space.

It was very interesting experience for me to work with other students collaboratively. I lerned the reality of artist's life in the U.S.. It also gave me an opportunity to rethink of my own exhibition, Shojoholic and its relation to TABULA RASA. 

Thursday, April 17, 2008

More images...

Here are some pictures from yesterday....

As the cube evolves, and we trespass each other's work, questions of authorship and territory begin to take shape... Can three very different people share a single space? What kinds of conflict might arise? Can we actually let go of our egos?

More holes keep appearing, and then being covered, and then uncovered again...an exercise in futility or a dialog through materials? Some discomfort on the part of the individuals involved signals a new era of the project...as we mark, erase and re-mark each other's work....

Performance Tonight

There will be a performance tonight starting at 8:30 and will end around 9:30.

Hope to see you there....

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008

Performance 1

We had our first major performance last Thursday and I wanted to post some images of it here. I slowly dug a hole in the side of the cube to reveal Ali who emerged from the cube to exchange places with me.

The piece wasn't originally meant to be interactive, but our exuberant audience took up tools and helped to 'free' Ali. We were surprised but happy that the spirit moved some of our viewers to become participants and it brought up an interesting conversation about performance, audience and what conditions might create an expectation of interaction. We also talked about the role (or death?) of the author, architecture and access, and ideas of exchange.

There will be more performances tomorrow and Wednesday - I'll post times here so check back...

Spontaneous audience participation....
Ali emerges...
Meghann crawls in...
...and boards up the hole with translucent plexi, turns a light on....

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Ribbons, ribbons - and a call for writers

We officially unveiled "the cube", as it's come to be known, last Thursday night. Cutting the ribbon was a good time and happily complete with curious onlookers.

So far, the cube has existed as our proposed "tabula rasa". It has a hulking presence in the Main Gallery - and seems to have sparked interest in students and faculty. So, we'd like to extend a call for writings about the Cube - to open up a larger conversation and dialog about the cube and its situation in the gallery. Let us know if you'd like to contribute - or just send it along.

Also - performances are coming up....will announce when we have times....

Monday, March 31, 2008

Almost up and running...

All I have to say is, thank goodness for great volunteers!

The cube has been a big undertaking and we couldn't have done it without the help of so many people - big thanks to Emma, Tonia, Dave, Mike and Gala.

Just putting the finishing touches on it tonight and we're good to go.

We're looking forward to christening the cube this Thursday from 8 to 10pm. There will be a bit of a ceremony and refreshments. Lots will be happening over the next few weeks and we hope you'll be able to join us to officially cut the ribbon!


day 8

Michiko is having a joint pain, so Mike and Gala volunteered to work for her. Thank you, Mike and Gala!!! The structure of the cube is almost done.

Monday, March 24, 2008

CalArts MFA Open Studios 2008

[TABULA RASA] is up during the CalArts MFA Open Studios.

day 2

We got recycled materials from other student's art project. It probably would have been much less work to build our cube from a scratch. But, we are happy that we didn't waste them.

The gallery space got covered all over with fine dust. Cleaning the floor was quite a work we didn't expect. However, we did a great job cleaning whole the gallery space!

Our experienced helpers and we have worked hard for the last two days. Today Michiko is taking a day-off, and Ali and Meghann are going to patch the walls to get ready to the next step. We are also working on our own solo exhibition during Tabula rasa project.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

[TABULA RASA] invitation card

Installation begins!

Our collaboration has started. We had 3 powerful volunteers constructing our cube. 
Thank you David, Emma, and Tonia for all your help!