Miho Tsujii / 辻井美穂
Performance Artist, Educator, Critical Collaborator

Miho conceives, directs and performs solo and collaborative performance, intersecting poetic images, movement, sound/vocalization, lyrics, verses, experimental story-telling, multilingualism, video and audience interactions. Her works have been presented internationally at arts, theater, educational, and public space, as well as within and with communities surviving catastrophic events. She also presents talks, workshops and teaches at universities, museums, alternative education spaces around the world. Miho runs projects among a a multi-generational, multi-racial/ethnic, and multi-gendered collaborative network of socially engaged arts practitioners of diverse genre from every continent around the world.

Her works manifest Western backgrounds in academia, contemporary arts and music. Miho holds M.A. in Arts Politics from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, and is trained in figurative arts at Bigakko experimental art dojo in Tokyo.

At the same time, the ancient arts and sacred practices of Japan feed her artistic backbones. Miho is extensively trained in her family tradition of Ikebana flower art, Noh dance and vocals, tea ceremony, and the underlying conceptual systems.

She has presented at Mies van Der Rohe Haus (Berlin), Brooklyn Museum (NY), La MaMa Experimental Theater (NY), New York University (Shanghai), CUNTethics & SQUATconstellation (online feminist intervention, Berlin), DOCK11 (Berlin), Mekong (Vietnamese/Cambodian refugee community, NY), O-Link House (cultural center for tsunami surviving community, Japan among others.

Miho’s performance is often staged in public space, or even otherwise, MIho directs and choreographs every piece to consistently engage the audience to form part of the piece as creative agents. She facilitates the audience to experience the greater circulation of life, realizations, release, wholistic energy, etc. than to be limited as divided, dislocated, disrupted and hybrid agencies.

Miho has found that her performance triggers the audience to share their otherwise untold life stories, thereby becomes a vessel for healing. Accordingly, Miho collects, maps and reproduces stories she receives through workshop, performance and relationship building with people on site.

Miho's work is primarily concerned with regenerating life at the foot of destructions, creating a seamless line between her art and social intervention. Her works address water, radiation, cross-generational impacts of war, man-made binaries, and all things that may deter life. She creates her works through deep field and non-field research on issues, site, artistic techniques, and ancient and contemporary systems of knowledge.

Miho has worked decades-long with the survivors of war and conflict from around the world. She has experienced Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Tokyo, and was raised in Europe attuned to color lines.

Miho is founder and director of ICAS, an art organization based in Osaka, which offers platforms for experimentations in the arts, events, international artist-in-residence, socially engaged art education, and community building celebrating diversity. ICAS also runs its own arts projects, including “Waterway” and "KOTOHOGI.”

MIho is also member of The Enclave Habitat
. She is also a resident artist and educator at Isso-an, a cultural space and zen monastery in Western Japan.

Miho was born in Osaka, Japan, raised in Germany/Amsterdam, has studied and worked in U.S. Japan and Europe. She currently resides in Japan. Miho is bi-lingual in English and Japanese, fluent in colloquial German and basic at Spanish. Miho is also a shamanic healer.
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