takahiro yamamoto

 

Originally from Shizuoka Japan, Takahiro Yamamoto is an artist and choreographer based in Portland. He has received support from Bogliasco Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, MacDowell Colony, National Performance Network, Japan Foundation, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, danceWEB scholarship program, and others. Both of his performance productions and visual art works have been presented at PICA (Portland), Henry Art Gallery (Seattle), Diverseworks (Houston), Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati), GoDown Arts Centre (Nairobi), Holding Contemporary (Portland), Bedlam Lowertown (St. Paul), Links Hall (Chicago), Fresh Festival (San Francisco), Rowan Gallery (Los Angeles), and others. As a performer, he has performed for Morgan Thorson, Xavier Le Roy, Mårten Spångberg, Keith Hennessy, Jmy James Kidd, Linda Austin, Perseverance Theatre Company and others. He holds MFA in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art. He co-directs a performance company madhause with Ben Evans, and a part of Portland-based support group Physical Education with Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, and Lu Yim.

In 2020, he is a Full-Time Visiting Artist at Performance Department at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

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photography by James Arzente

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EDUCATION
Pacific Northwest College of Arts: Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies, June 2013
University of California, Los Angeles, Extension: Digital Photography, May 2010
California State University, Northridge: Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies: Minor in Theatre Arts, May 2004


GRANTS / FELLOWSHIPS / AWARDS / RESIDENCIES
Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship; Oct-Nov 2019, Bogliasco, Genova, Italy
Creative Heights Grant for Opacity of Performance, Oregon Community Foundation; 2019-2020, Portland, Oregon
Mt Tremper Arts, Watershed Lab organized by Jaime Shearn Coan & Tara Willis, Catskill Park, New York
MacDowell Colony Fellowship; Nov-Dec 2018, Peterborough, New Hampshire
Project Grant for Hanging River, Regional Arts and Culture Council; October 2018, Portland, Oregon
Career Development Grant, Oregon Arts Commission; November 2017, Portland, Oregon
Paradise Air Residency; February 2017, Matsudo-city, Chiba, Japan
Collaboration Grant for Direct Path to Detour, Japan Foundation, PAJ program; 2016, New York, New York
Creation Fund for Direct Path to Detour, National Performance Network; 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Artists-in-Residence, Center for Contemporary Art and Culture, PNCA; 2016-2017, Portland, Oregon
Professional Development Grant, Regional Arts and Culture Council; December 2015, Portland, Oregon
Creative Exchange Lab, Portland Institute for Contemporary art; September 2015, Portland, Oregon
Project Grant for Fun/Fuck, collaboration with Lu Yim, Regional Arts and Culture Council; 2015, Portland, Oregon
N.E.W. Artist Residency, New Expressive Works; 2014-2015, Portland, Oregon
Creative Exchange with Opiyo Okach, Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium; August 2014, Nairobi, Kenya
Caldera Residency 2012 with Gregg Bordowitz and Julie Ault; October 2012, Portland, Oregon
danceWEB Scholarship Programme, ImPulsTanz; July 2012, Vienna, Austria
Ray Warren Multicultural Symposium, Grand Jury Prize for Male-Identified; November 2011, Portland, Oregon
Pacific Northwest College of Arts, Laura Russo Memorial Scholarship; August 2011, Portland, Oregon


PRESENTED WORKS - Performance Productions
2019
-Property of Opaqueness: trio performance, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington
-Property of Opaqueness: duet performance, Lumber Room, Portland, Oregon

2018
-Body of Architecture / Architecture of Body; five-hour group performance, Hedreen Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2017
-Direct Path to Detour: group performance, at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon
-Direct Path to Detour, Single Focus: solo performance, at TB:A Festival, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, Oregon
-Direct Path to Detour: group performance, at DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas
-Direct Path to Detour: group performance, at Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
-Direct Path to Detour, Single Focus: solo performance, at A-Squared Performance Festival, Portland, Oregon
-A World A World by Linda Austin: as a dancer, at Performance Works NW, Portland, Oregon

2016
-Still Life by Morgan Thorson; as a dancer, at TB:A Festival at PICA, Portland, Oregon
-Rules of Engagement: solo performance, at Fresh Festival, San Francisco, California
-Rules of Engagement: solo performance, at danspace, New York, New York

2015
-Rules of Engagement: solo performance, at ShortSpace Gallery, Portland, Oregon
-(Un)Made by Linda Austin: as a dancer, at Performance Works NW, Portland, Oregon
-Fun/Fuck: a collaboration with Lu Yim: at Performance Works NW, Portland, Oregon
-Three Songs; as a choreographer, at Dance+ Festival, Portland, Oregon
-Bach Overture b-minor; solo performance in collaboration with pianist Mary Sutton, at Disjecta, Portland, Oregon
-Northern Lights + Magnificat; as a choreographer, at Studio II, Portland, Oregon
-Body of Architecture/Architecture of Body; as a choreographer, at Innovation Studio, Portland, Oregon

2014
-Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy; as a dancer, at MoMA PS1, Queens, New York
-Hindsight; solo performance, at Bedlam Lowerton, St. Paul, Minnesota
-Conversations; as a choreographer, at GoDown Arts Center, Nairobi, Kenya
-Objecting; solo performance, at S1, Portland, Oregon
-the Blue Bear: as an actor, at Perseverance Theater, Juneau, Alaska
-Warriors: as an actor, at Perseverance Theater, Juneau, Alaska
-Hindsight: solo performance, at Studio II, Portland, Oregon

2013
-Think Here. Think There.; solo performance, at the Garage, San Francisco, California
-The Ocean by Mårten Spångberg; as a dancer, at Whenever Wherever Festival, Tokyo, Japan
-Light Noise by Lu Yim; as a dancer, at Disjecta, Portland, Oregon
-Body of Architecture/Architecture of Body: solo performance, at Hadreen Gallery, Seattle, Washington
-In Traveling; as a choreographer, at Studio II, Portland, Oregon
-Solo #14; solo performance, at VideoFest, at Clinton Street Theater, Portland, Oregon

2012
-Turbulence by Keith Hennesy; as a dancer, at PICA’s TBA Festival, Portland, Oregon
-Solo #13; solo performance, at PICA’s TBA Festival, Portland, Oregon
-Three Male Strangers At Japan; solo performance, at Disjecta, Portland, Oregon
-(Un)change; solo performance, at FalseFront Gallery, Portland, Oregon
-The Blue Bear; as an actor, a touring theatre production, at Sydney Laurence Theater, Anchorage, Alaska
-D O T M A T R I X; by madhause, at PLACE Gallery, Portland Oregon

2011
-Body of Architecture/Architecture of Body; solo performance, at BODYBOX North Wing, Portland, Oregon
-Male-Identified; solo performance, at Ray Warren Multicultural Symposium, Portland, Oregon
-Tonight by MGM Grand; as a dancer, at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon
-Tighty Righty; solo performance, at @937 Gallery, Portland, Oregon
-Inner Sunset by Jmy James; as a dancer, at Pieter, Los Angeles, California
-The Blue Bear; as an actor, at Perseverance Theater, Juneau, Alaska

2010
-D O T M A T R I X; by madhause, at Rowan Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2009
-(Un)change -Postal Experience; solo performance, at Rowan Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2008
-Hamlet by Independent Shakespeare Company; as an actor, at Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California
-myselves; madhause, at Found Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2007
-Usual Day for Cats; by madhause, at Boulder Public Library, Boulder, Colorado
-365 Days/365 Plays; by madhasue, at the Daily Center for the Arts, Boulder, Colorado
-Tosca Jumps! by Shamka Dance Theatre; as a dancer, at Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, California


PRESENTED WORKS -Solo Exhibition
2020
-Hanging River; glass installation in collaboration with Andy Paiko, Parrish Gallery at Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR

2019
-Hanging River (commission); glass installation in collaboration with Andy Paiko, Holding Contemporary, Portland OR

2017
-Direct Path to Detour; Artist book and visual art exhibition, Compliance Division gallery, Portland OR

2015
Body of Architecture/Architecture of Body (performance installation); director/performer, Innovation Studio, Portland OR

2014
-Past Ephemera; (sculpture) at Albina Press, Portland, Oregon

2011
-Meet Somebody; (sculpture, video, installation) at PLACE Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2009
-Postal Experience; (sculpture, video, performance installation) at Rowan Gallery, Los Angeles, California


PRESENTED WORKS -Group Exhibition
2018
-Futility of Preparedness, Physical Education, Linfield Gallery, McMinnville, Oregon

2015
-Unintended Connection, NPN/VAN Annual Meeting Exhibition; (photography) at Disjecta, Portland, Oregon

2014
-VISIONS; (performance art) at East End, Portland, Oregon

2013
-Closer Quarter; (performance art) at Multiplex Gallery, Portland, Oregon
-MFA Thesis Exhibition; (drawings & installation) at Vigor Industrial, Portland, Oregon
-2013 CoCA Annual Exhibition; (photography) at Center on Contemporary Art, Georgetown Gallery, Seattle, Washington

2012
-MFA First-Year Exhibition; (video & live performance) at Disjecta, Portland, Oregon
-Eye on Eye; (sculpture) at Washington State University, Vancouver, Vancouver, Washington

2011
-Rhizome; (sculpture) at Lodge Gallery, Portland, Oregon
-Pulp; (sculpture) at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon
-Paper Cuts; (video and sculpture) at Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, California


TEACHING / LECTURE
2020 Full-Time Visiting Artist,School of Art Institute of Chicago - Performance; Chicago, Illinois
Artist Lecture, Art & Design Department, George Fox University, January 2020, Newberg, Oregon
Visiting Artist Lecture, School of Art Institute of Chicago - Performance; September 2019, Chicago, Illinois
Property of Invisibility, Artist-led discussion, Henry Art Gallery, October 2019, Seattle, Washington
Adjunct Professor, TIME –CORE (Foundation). Portland State University, School of Art; Spring 2019, Portland, Oregon
Adjunct Professor, Professional Practice, Pacific Northwest College of Art; Spring 2019, Portland, Oregon
Adjunct Professor, TIME –CORE (Foundation), Portland State University, School of Art; Winter/Spring 2018, Portland, Oregon
Guest Artist/Lecturer, Reed College -Dance Department; March 2018, Portland, Oregon
Mills College, Artist Lecture, February 2018, Oakland, California
Portland State University, School of Art TIME-CORE, adjunct instructor; Winter, Spring 2018, Portland, Oregon
Dance Studies Association Inaugural Conference: Direct Path to Detour workshop, October 2017, Columbus, Ohio
Portland State University, School o Art, Performance and Art; Spring 2016, Portland, Oregon
Portland State University, School of Art, Performance workshop; May 2015, Portland, Oregon
GoDown Arts Centre; Contemporary Performance, guest artist; August 2014, Nairobi, Kenya
Portland State University, School of Art, Time-Art, guest artist; Spring 2014, Portland, Oregon
Pacific Northwest College of Art; Beginning Video, Teaching Assistant; Fall 2012, Portland, Oregon
Open Flight Studio; Weak Ground Dance Workshop; November 2012, Seattle, Washington
Pacific Northwest College of Art; Video Installation, Teaching Assistant; Spring 2012, Portland, Oregon
Fullerton College; Artist Lecture; March 2011, Fullerton, California
Juneau Community Charter School; Experimental Dance Movement; February 2011, Juneau, Alaska
Mercer County Community College; Suzuki Acting Method Workshop; October 2008, West Windsor, New Jersey


PROFESSIONAL
Physical Education, support group; co-founder & co-artistic director, 2013 - Present
madhause, performance duo based on long-distance collaboration; co-founder & co-artistic director, 2006 - Present
Pieter Performance Space, Los Angeles; official photographer, March 2010 – July 2011
Independent Shakespeare Company, Los Angeles; actor/assistant stage manager, 2004 – 2008