Interview with artist Mieko Shiomi

Mieko Shiomi and Michelle Elligott, 2011

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Archivist Michelle Elligott interviews Mieko Shiomi, accompanied by Doryun Chong, Eva Respini and Sarah Suzuki. In this interview, Shiomi talks about her career as a composer, but also about how musical language itself is present and structuring in he works as a visual artist. Elligott looks at the complexities of Fluxus and Shiomi’s relationship with this movement.

This interview was first published on as part of The Museum of Modern Art’s Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives research programme, in 2013.

Mieko Shiomi graduated from the University of Tokyo with a degree in musicology. As a student, she founded the musical experimentation group Group Ongaku. In 1964 she moved to New York and joined the Fluxus movement, participating in various events and festivals. For more than 60 years she has worked in various artistic fields, such as musical compositions, performances, visual arts and collaborative works. Since 2014 she has been teaching at Kyoto University of the Arts. 

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