September 6, 2017

Akiko Nakayama: Alive Painting at Dlectricity

Akiko Nakayama uses liquids with different characteristics and other external factors to bring painting to life.

“Alive Painting” is a performance piece in which Nakayama uses different media to capture passing moments. During the performance, paints blend in real time and the viewer is able to concentrate on philosophical meaning. Nakayama’s work celebrates the ephemerality of life.

Based in Tokyo, Nakayama performs versions of “Alive Painting” around the world. Most recently, she performed at the Ars Electronic Festival in Austria in 2016, TEDxHaneda in Tokyo in 2015, and at the inaugural Media Art Festival in Takamatsu, Japan in 2015. Last month, Nakayama will be performed “Alive Painting” with the band Arsenal at the Lokerse Feesten in Lokeren, Belgium.

After receiving her MFA from Tokyo Zokei University in 2014, Nakayama has become a standout member of the Tokyo art scene. She had a solo exhibition in Tokyo in 2016 and was longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2017.

This performative installation will take place inside the sanctuary at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul sanctuary. Thanks to the Cathedral Church for hosting this project, and to Detroit Renewable Energy for sponsoring “Alive Painting!”

Check out her unique, vibrant and lively “Alive Painting” performances on her website here.

Alive Painting is sponsored by: