Visual and performance artist.

Encounter Cycle

The experience of liberation from social roles and value systems reminds people’s freedom before social construction. The series Encounter Cycle is the investigation of encounters among artist-audience, facilitator-participant and art-people. These encounters can be a cycle of inspiration and creation. Using tactics of socially engaged interactive platforms, this project provides the excitement of encounter and generates communication and collaboration among different groups of people.

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Yo-Yo Balloon Fishing

Yo-Yo balloon fishing is one of the popular plays offered at festivals in Japan. Temples and shrines often hold festivals on 縁日(ennichi) which is a day believed to have special relation = 縁(en) with a particular Japanese deity. Since many people gather for a festival, a festival can be an opportunity to bring a new encounter and relation = 縁(en) with other people.

August 11th, 2019

Photos by Sungjae Lee and Egon Schiele


The DFBRL8R Performance Art Apprentice Program is an alternative pedagogical system of structured mentorship designed to provide professional experience, practical knowledge, and applicable skills to artists who want to be versed in the presentation of time-based practices.

Defibrillator celebrates the former Performance Art Apprentices – emerging artists who are energetically questioning and embracing exploration, discipline, risk, and hope – while thoughtfully considering what they do and why they do it. The artists in this program are remarkable for they have selflessly given their time and energy to other artists in order to learn, grow, and actively contribute to the legacy of Performance Art.


DFBRL8R Performance Art Apprentice Exhibition

August 16 – September 13, 2019

Amplifying the talented folks who help make Defibrillator happen.

Photos by Sungjae Lee

Kazumi Seki setting up her beautiful installation at the DfbrL8r Apprentice Showcase Exhibition happening NOW!

DfbrL8rさんの投稿 2019年8月16日金曜日

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In the third iteration of Encounter Cycle, people will have a chance to see and play with Japanese traditional doll, daruma. Demonstration of painting an eye to wish success of Open Engagement and everyone’s prosperity, and giant daruma-otoshi will wait you.

April 21st, 2017 event#7
Photos by Ian Kerstetter

As a part of Revolution at Point Zero:Feminist Social Practice Symposium
This half day symposium is organized in conjunction with the Open Engagement conference, and explores the themes of Revolution at Point Zero, the first exhibition to position the feminist art movement as the progenitor of contemporary social practice. The program features local and national artists, speakers, workshops, performanc- es and finishes with the exhibition’s closing reception at Columbia’s Glass Curtain Gallery.

April 20th, 2017 Mini Artist Talk

at Globe Chat: East Asia produced by Columbia College Chicago Multicultural Affairs

Photo by Kenichi Seki

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Fukuwarai is a Japanese New Year game that uses illustration of person’s face. Each part of the face such as eye, nose and mouth can separate from the contour of the face, and the player wearing a blind folding try to palace each part. In the second iteration of Encounter Cycle, people made and played their own Fukuwarai.

November 6th, 2021
Photos by Kazumi Seki
November 22nd, 2016 event#6
Photos by Kinga Lipinska
November 11th, 2016 event#5
Photos by America Salmon
October 20th, 2016 event#4
Photos by Ian Kerstetter

Exhibition Encounter to Encounter
Fish Tank Gallery, Columbia College Chicago
December, 2016 ~ April, 2017
Opening Reception: December 16th
Encounter is sometimes fun, weird and/or frustrating experience.

Photos by Kazumi Seki

Encounter Cycle1

Japanese art and crafts

I introduced Japanese art and crafts as the resource of inspiration. What would be introduced in each event was secret by the time.

April 16th, 2016 event#3 – kirigami(paper cutting) –
Photos by Mutsumi Seki
March 31st, 2016 event#2 – hanga(Japanese printmaking) –
Photos by Mutsumi Seki
March 2nd, 2016 event#1 – japan(lacquer ware) –
Photos by Kazumi Seki, Kenichi Seki

Exhibition Encounter Cycle
PIT Gallery, Columbia College Chicago

May ~ October, 2016
Opening Reception: May 13th
Collective artwork by participants of Encounter Cycle1 was showcased.

Photos by Mutsumi Seki


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