Rica Takashima

About FLOW.15 Tour

There were 5 FLOW.15 tours. There will be one more left.
My child is an 8th grader and taking exams for HS admission. As I am an immigrant parent, I have to run here and there to get unfamiliar information and many of session are held at evening times. I was not able to make all FLOW.15 tour as well as being held at evening time. However, I really enjoyed attending to tours and explaining people about the sculptures.

 “ Why do people see paintings by dead painters, to learn an art history? I want to see artworks by living artists to see our future!”
The words were by my child in first grade, when we visit to classic and academic art exhibition.
I started to think more seriously than before about what I can do as a living artist. I love alternative and social practice arts that reflect our real society nowadays. To me, a living artist, The FLOW.15 tour was event with a lot of meanings and values; artist talks about the artworks of own.
 I have had many encounters, incidents, and experiences. I can’t write all these down, as my English is still not enough to describe them and some of them are private, but I want to share at least some things that I found important here.
I heard many private impressions from people I never met yet via FB and Twitter, thanks to the SNS era. Beside these great feedbacks, it is a really precious time I meet real people at the tour. It teaches me a lot. (Click here to read more)

When I see an artwork, I prefer to think and imagine why and what made the artist create this. Then, I try to explain the same thing to visitors at the FLOW tour. But I realized some people are more interested in materials and how structurally to build it.
It was very difficult for me to explain them in English, I then printed out the photos of scene of workshop and materials, and began to bring them to the tour.
Sometimes we have many tour participants, and sometimes a few. I enjoy both of them because things I can do changes depending on the number of tour participants.

When the time there are many visitors…I can enjoy Q&A with them.

When the time there is a few participants, I can enjoy something special with them.

The participants’ faces went into a square!

The most impressive feedback to me was, “I felt a symphony of music from these sculptures. Many different colors and the scenery around came together and made sound to me, like an orchestra.”
I was very happy. I never imagined that my sculptures made music, but I felt it made sense. When I hear music, not always, but sometimes, I feel the rhythms turning into shapes, and melody changing to colors in my head. It is a miraculous moment. Maybe, I had the feeling like that.

AND! The next and the last FLOW.15 tour is coming on November 6, Friday 4pm.
I am thinking of a very special thing on that day. Please swing by the tour.
I know the time, 4pm, is early and not easy to come for general people, but I will be staying there until 6pm. I am looking forward to seeing you there!

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The Artist

Rica Takashima(b. 1965, Tokyo, Japan)

Rica Takashima's questions towards traditional Japanese patriarchal family values and discrimination against LGBT people motivated her to start conceptual participatory public art and large scale street installations. Since 1995, she expanded her portfolio to Manga (Japanese comic books) as well. Using fun modes of expression, she challenges viewers to rethink their pre-existing social values and customs regarding things like gender, age and race, and to feel more empathy towards different elements of society. Rica was born in Tokyo, Japan. She immigrated to the United States with her family, and currently lives in New York. Rica received a B.A. from Tokyo University of Arts, Japan.

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