Current Exhibition


16 December 2009 - 16 January 2010

Epic Multimedia Project | Cemeti Art House - Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation

Tomoko Mukaiyama


Sunken Square, photo by Yuri Shirasaka


Multimedia Concert:

16 December 2009, 18.30

Centre Culturel Francais de Yogyakarta [LIP Yogyakarta]

Jl. Sagan No. 3

Free entrance

Exhibition Opening:

16 December 2009, 20.30

Cemeti Art House

Jl. D.I. Panjaitan No.41 Yogyakarta


Artist Talk:

17 December 2009, 19.30

Cemeti Art House

Jl. D.I. Panjaitan No.41 Yogyakarta




‘wasted’ is an international art project that challenges the transience of the feminine virtue to give birth; to ideas, creations and not the least; to children. What is the energy that one feels between herself/himself and the artwork, or the music; or between herself/himself and the artist and even the person next to her/him? How to capture this energy and transform it in a new creation or thought?

Japanese versatile artist Tomoko Mukaiyama is always in contact with her audience during her piano recitals. She examines what happens to the energy during and after the time with her spectators. 

Every exhibition of ‘wasted’ is opened with a multi media concert based on Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’ and the artistic statements Tomoko receives from participants from all over the world. They have engaged in the project ‘wasted’ and are sending their transformed energy in artistic statements back to the artist.  

The installation set up at Cemeti Art House is a universe of an innumerable amount of white silk dresses that could become someone’s second skin. The adventurous routing through the soft silk walls embraces you and overwhelms with an incredible aesthetic power. 

Tomoko Mukaiyama asks her audience to participate and create an artistic statement that will be integrated in her multi media concert on the next location. Women in Yogyakarta are invited to receive a silk dress for free on two conditions of the artist: to wear the dress during the ‘time of the month’ and then send their physical and emotional experiences in an artistic statement back to Tomoko Mukaiyama. The statements from thousands of women from all over the world can be pieces of sound, poetry, texts, photo, video or anything in-between. Men are challenged as well to learn about the conditions. Everybody is welcome to find out by attending the concert and exhibition.

For more information, come and visit the concert at LIP on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 18.30 and continued by the exhibition opening on the same day at Cemeti Art House, 20.30. The exhibition runs from December 16, 2009 through January 16, 2010 and opens for public on Tuesday till Saturday, 09.00 – 17.00. Sign up through the website or at the venue.


Tomoko Mukaiyama has been engaged by prestigious orchestras and ensembles, among others the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, the London Sinfonietta, the Ensemble Intercontemporain and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. She has collaborated with film directors, designers, architects, dancers and photographers, such as Ian Kerkhof, Marina Abramovic, MERZBOW, Kim Ito and Jirí Kylián.


Ten years ago Tomoko Mukaiyama started working as a visual artist. She used her experience as a concert pianist to create her first installation piece in a concert hall. She gave new meaning to the concert hall as a location with her project ‘Amsterdam x Tokyo’ (2000) ‘for you’ (2002) and studied the absence and presence of composer, audience and pianist in her installation ‘you and bach’ that she made for the Sydney Biennale in 2006. In 2007 she created a fashion installation for her and her piano in ‘Show me your second face’. Her music installation ‘Mo-Ichido’ (2008) included the experience of scent of organic odours and perfume. In the beginning of 2009 she launched her new cd-art book with her late husband photographer Philip Mechanicus. Her current project ‘wasted’ tours a year and a half to five locations all over the world. 


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