LIVE BIENNIALE at Western Front : Maiko Jinushi and Nile Koetting

@ 7pm

Grand Luxe Hall
$10 suggested donation for entry at the door

Western Front hosts an evening of performance produced by LIVE Bienniale, to kick off the 2017 festival!  A two-part event, the night will feature works by Japanese artists Maiko Jinushi and Nile Koetting.

Starting at 7pm,  Maiko Jinushi will create Sound of Desires, a public video recording performance collaboration with a percussionist John Brennan. As a director, Jinushi will talk with the percussionist about desires, and film how his performance changes throughout the conversation. The result will become a kind of documentary recording the process of musical collaboration, and about emerging desire.

A short intermission will follow, after which Berlin-based artist Nile Koetting and various whirring, printing, beeping and popping machines, will perform First, Class. A media event that was first presented at Hebbel am Ufer theater (HAU) in Berlin, this performance will take place along a horizon of video, audio and the artist’s body. Through his actions, Koetting will reflect on automation, economies in the culture of vacation and the foundation of capitalist society masked by pleasure and vitality.

This evening is curated by Makiko Hara.



Artist Biographies

Maiko Jinushi was born in Kanagawa, Japan in 1984. She investigates the concept of analogical reasoning often used in storytelling as a means to disclose differences of perception and interpretations of the world. “I have produced a new type of literature, a combination of video art, installation and performance, which strongly relates to traditional forms of literature such as poems and novels. In my definition, a new type of literature is the mixture of speech, reading scripts, dialogues and writings, which compose the structure of a story”. Her most recent solo shows are A New Experience of Love (HAGIWARA PROJECTS, Tokyo, 2016); Big Mouth, Small Hands or Small Mouth, Big Hands (Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo, 2015). Recent group exhibitions include RETURN TO: TWS Creator-in-Residence 2015-2016 (TWS Hongo, Tokyo, 2016); Zero Gravity: El Ranchito Korea-Japan (Matadero Madrid, Madrid, 2015); Fictive Communities Asia – Koganecho Bazaar 2014 (Yokohama, Kanagawa, 2014). Jinushi is currently attendingUnlimited Artist in Residency, and staying in Brooklyn, USA.

John Brennan is a Canadian sound artist, drummer, and curator living on unceded Coast Salish territories (Vancouver). He has toured extensively through Europe, Japan, and North America since 2008 with several different ensembles including solo projects. Over the past 6 years, he has been expanding his work to include sound installations that look into the relationship between the sonic memory of objects, the agency of objects, performance, and improvisation. From 2012-2016 John founded/curated the concert series Destroy Vancouver which was produced by VIVO Media Arts Centre. This series coalesced around improvised forms of music and sound art, bringing together international improvisers with local and national sound artists and avant-garde musicians. In 2005 John graduated from Concordia University with a degree in Electroacoustics. John has performed and collaborated with artists Nate Wooley, Chris Corsano, William Hooker, Greg Saunier, Chris Cogburn, Graham Lambkin, Aine O’Dwyer, Peter Kutin, DJ Olive, among others.


Nile Koetting (b. 1989, Japan), is an artist currently lives and works in Berlin. Koetting works with a diverse range of media, including text, film, performance, sound, and installation.His work is connected through the constant presence of the theme of “resonance” and “sensing”. After completing studies in media, sound art, performance art in Tokyo and Helsinki, Koetting became active in performance, sound and installation work. Koetting’s work has been presented at “New Sensorium” (ZKM, Karlsruhe), “Roppongi Crossing 2016” (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo),  “Liaisons Ambigues” (Maison Hermes, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Tokyo) and “Made in Germany Drei” at Kunstverein Hannover in 2017.