三上晴子

Seiko Mikami

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三上晴子簡介

Seiko Mikami was one of the early pioneers of new media art in Japan. In the mid-1980s, she became known for her large-scale digital installations that related the emergent “information society” with the human body, a theme she continued to elaborate and expand on during her tenure as professor of Information Design at Tama Art University in Tokyo until her premature death from illness in 2015. Much of her work situates the human at the interface of physical and virtual systems, as she experiments with the limits of interactivity and human perception. Throughout her career, Mikami also produced sculptural objects from junk and scrap material, including The World Memorable, a series of suitcases filled with various forms of waste such as syringes, radioactive and biohazardous material, laboratory animals, toxic liquids, and air pollutants. Closed with zips but fully transparent, the objects play on classic themes of contamination paranoia found in both the cyber- and biopunk genres, where the leakage of toxic or dangerous materials threatens human safety in dense metropolitan areas. Sometimes presented on a conveyor belt as found in airports, the suitcases also speak to the politics of movement and migration, and how both commodities and people are subject to strict control and regulation in a globalised world.

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