Bion Iseijin will perform at the screening of the documentary film “Irradiated” directed by Rithy Panh (Cambodia)!
Nov 22 (Sun.) 18：00～(After screening of『Irradiated』) at NTT Cred Hall
※The time to start screenings and the speakers can be changed due to unavoidable circumstances.
In 1998, Bion Toyoshima submitted his acoustic work, “Sense of Sound” to the Okamoto Taro Award for Contemporary Art (TARO Award). His performance, watched by Toshiko Okamoto, secretary and adopted daughter of the late Japanese avant-garde artist, Taro Okamoto, led to the creation of Bion Isejin, Toyoshima’s avant-garde performance art alter ego. Bion Isejin—an alien on the star of beautiful sounds—wears “Artist Training Armor,” a spring-loaded costume designed to resist the Earth’s gravity and denote the challenges faced by earthlings. Isejin performs to the Bion Machine, which generates beautiful sounds. In 2002, Toyoshima released “Bion Flash,” a musical composition ridiculing world leaders’ interests in nuclear testing. In 2009, he created the group “Bion Pink Dancers,” recruiting a team of back dancers incapable of dancing. In 2013, he began performing “Super Mitsuko,” a story depicting love with a doll pulled from the ruins of the atomic bomb. He later took this performance abroad to venues in Taiwan, Korea, Cambodia, and more. His collaboration with the director Rithy Panh in 2019 led to an appearance as a ghost in the 2020 Berlinale Documentary Award winning film, “Irradiated.” In 2020, he also created and released on Instagram the character “Mask Girl,” a self-portrait exhibiting resilience under the COVID-19 pandemic. He is now active with various presentations and exhibitions, which, in addition to performance art, include sketches and film production.
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