Thursday, March 2, 2017

Aliens in New York, art project

Thanks for visiting my blog!
To read the past posts of the art project, please use the search box on the top of the page 
and put “Aliens in New York”

The bst way to know more details, please visit here, the interview by NYFA Current August 2015.

I also have FLOW15. blog here. please enjoy!

Rica Takashima
takasimarica at hotmail dot com

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Borderless: In Perspective

My old photo piece is part in a group art show.
Borderless: In PerspectiveLiTE-HAUS Galerie+ Projecraum, Berlin, Germany 

This photograph is from the very first art project “Order Made Family” that I hold in 1995.

Here is a description about the photo.

Nikki’s Family: Order Made Family, Peekaboo art project
Photograph 1995

Due to my questions that many Japanese people still persist an idea of patriarchal stereotype family, I held Order Made Family, a participatory public art project, on the street in Tokyo. The project asked passersby to define the word family. Would it involve living together, or being related to each other by blood, financial ties, or emotional bonds? Each participant chose from a list of possible individuals of who would embody their ideal family picture. These individuals neither had to be parallel to their actual family make-up, nor did the artwork have to visually match the label or identity of that family member. Then they had to pick Peekaboo-sculptures to present each of the individuals they had selected. 

Now, numbering over 100, these life-sized Peekaboo-sculptures include various ages, races, and nationalities. The Peekaboo-sculpture selected didn’t have to reflect the actual age, sex, race, or nationality, or even animated creature state of that family member who, in turn, already may not mirror the participant’s actual family make-up. After each Peekaboo-sculpture had been picked, it was labeled to identify who that sculpture represents in the family. I asked other passersby to help sticking their faces through the Peekaboo-sculptures to take their virtual family pictures.  Commemorative photographs that match the numbers of participants were taken with instant camera, and the photograph was given to each participant as a souvenir.

Resulting family portraits included members who were multinational, same-sex, cohabitating friends, and even aliens in addition to more traditional combinations, all of were borderless and explored modern interpretations of the definition of family.  

This Nikki’s family photograph is one from about 800 family portraits that taken at Order Made Family during 1994-2000 in Harajuku, Shinjuku, and Kouenji in Tokyo, Japan.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


いつもAliens in New Yorkのアートプロジェクトを応援してくださってどうもありがとうございます。



(25 x 16cm) 表紙は干支の酉です。


ここのNYFA(NY州芸術財団)のページからAliens in New Yorkのアートプロジェクトを応援してください!どうかお願いします!!!!!!
Aliens in New York page at New York Foundation for the Arts



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thank you for your support in 2016!

Thank you very much for supporting Aliens in New York, Peekaboo-art project.

With last year’s donation, we held projects themed LGBTQ, Recycle, and Cultural understanding to public in total five days at three locations in 2016.

Please help the art project by tax-deductible donation and get an original mini calendar!
This mini calendar is a perfect card/gift for holiday season.
It can be sent as a holiday card and they can use it as a calendar.
The three drawings are by Rica Takashima.
Since they are small, they can use it in the office, locker, or on a fridge.
(10 x 6.5 inch)
There are two pages to write messages to your receiver.
This is a perfect item to start the Year of the Rooster with.
One card for $10, and Two cards for $15.
(Your tax-deductible cost will be $7/one $11/two after deducting the transaction and postal expenses) 

Please visit the NYFA page to donation for Peekaboo-art project Aliens in New York.

Please write “Holiday” at Note section.
This special opportunity lasts until end of December.

Your kindness donation will be used to events like transportation, creating new Peekaboo-sculptures, etc. The theme for the next year will be “diversity and cultural heritage” to reduce discrimination.

Thank you very much,

Rica Takashima