Akemi Takeya, born in Aomori, Japan, and living in Vienna since 1991, is a choreographer and performer. Turning to art currents from East and West, she often creates her performances at the intersection of visual art, dance and performance art. Installative settings, the use of video, live music, sophisticated voice work, choreographic sequences, poems and notes come together in her performances like a mosaic. Sometimes minimalist, sometimes playful, always radical in the mind and yet with a lot of humor, her works are above all unsparing and open investigations of the self.

In addition to her own choreographies and works, she has created numerous dance-, video- and performance pieces in collaboration with artists such as Granular Synthesis, Christian Fennesz, Tetsuo Furudate, Peter Kutin & Moritz Nahold, Markus Schinwald, Ko Murobushi, Carlotta Ikeda a.o.

Takeya also developed the conceptualised performance series LEMONISM in which she battles with different ISMs of art movements of the 20th century – like Dadaism, Surrealism, Actionism, Minimalism. Pushing the boundaries between canvas and frame, between sense and reason, body and flesh, she paraphrases, counteracts and deconstructs the ideas and strategies of theses ISMs and transfers them into her very own universe of LEMONISM.

“The lemon’s flesh is my flesh. Its juice is my blood.”, she says and has been using the cool flesh of the fruit as toy, decoration, and nurture since she first came to Europe.

Where a piece of fruit is bursting with life and with world, it’s only natural to use it to transport the entire art history of the 20th century.

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