Total Body Conditioning: Mika Tajima


Total Body Conditioning: Mika Tajima


28 × 23 cm | 11 × 9 in
62 ills | 80 pages

Author: Matthew Lyons

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In her mixed-media practice, Mika Tajima combines sculpture, painting, video, music and performance, drawing on contradictions of modernist design and architecture to interrogate the built environment in which the maximised performing subject is shaped and managed.

Tajima’s body of work excavates the social implications of contemporary built environments, and the concomitant development of particular kinds of human performers, such as the flaneur, the slacker and the good worker. His work has been shown internationally, at venues including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Seattle Art Museum; Sculpture Center and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York City; Bass Museum, Miami; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the South London Gallery, London; and Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm.

The artist draws inspiration from many different fields as she investigates the performative potential of sculptural objects and the complexities of collaborative production. Tajima also works collaboratively under the moniker New Humans, including projects with Vito Acconci, Charles Atlas, Judith Butler and C Spencer Yeh, among others.

Published in collaboration with Eleven Rivington, Total Body Conditioning is an illustrated overview, exploring the artist’s practice and methodologies with generous full-page illustrations of her work including her polychromatic textile portrait series Negative Entropy and Furniture Art ambient paintings.

Matthew Lyons is Curator at The Kitchen. His writing has appeared in ASPECT Magazine, Everywhere All At Once: Performa 07, Flash Art, Movement Research Performance Journal, and Work the Room: A Handbook of Performance Strategies.