july, 2020

sat18jul7:00 pm8:30 pmShikoukairo II: Patterns of Thought Special Livestream ConcertFeaturing Hiroshi MehataElastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave #208, Chicago, IL 60647, USA, Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave #208, Chicago, IL 60647, USAEvent Type :Arts Initiatives

Event Details

Shikoukairo II: Patterns of Thought
Livestream Concert Event feat. Hiroshi Mehata
Special Performance streamed from Tokyo, Elastic Arts, and Hairpin Arts Center


Join us online and offline at for a one-night-only special livestream concert event feat. 2019 Chicago Obihiro Exchange Project artist Hiroshi Mehata from Tokyo. Chicago musicians Tatsu Aoki, Rami Atassi, Charles Rumback and Tiger Tanaka gather to form a new quartet. Hiroshi will be joining from Tokyo, Japan for a solo electronics set while the quartet formed especially for this evening will be streaming from Elastic Arts to join the virtual stage to commemorate the 2020 Shikoukairo II exhibition. More info available at chicagObihiro.org.

Elastic Arts and Hairpin Arts Center audience attendance will be in compliance with each respective venue’s COVID-19 safety protocol. More info coming soon.

This event is part of the Shikoukairo II special programming, and the exhibit is a Chicago Obihiro Exchange Project Initiative presented by Asian Improv aRts Midwest.


With travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic affecting original plans for the 2020 exchange, this year’s exhibition focuses on the underlying agenda of the Chicago Obihiro Exchange Program: to reframe the conversation around cultural diegesis in the arts. Featuring Chicago-based artists Hua Xi Zi and Jennifer Chen-su Huang, New York-based artist Taro Takizawa, and Kiyomi Negi & Kioto Aoki of AIRMW, Shikoukairo II brings together a group of artists whose practices employ a visual and conceptual rhetoric intuitively influenced by their diasporic background, yet beyond a diegetic search for cultural identity through their work. 

The exhibition revisits the concept of shikoukairo – meaning patterns of thought. The 2019 Shikoukairo show introduced the concept to highlight the multiplicities of approaches by Japanese and Japanese American artists outside the archetypal, diegetic confines of the search for cultural identity through art. This year, shikoukairo acquires a new meaning, as the artists simultaneously reflect on what it means to make work and how one does so during extended isolation. The process and material-based works are occipital, tactile and linguistic explorations that try to question and reassess the relationship between body, mind, and our immediate environment of the home, social, and physical space.


Visit stream.airmw.org for all Shikoukairo II Livestream Events:

– Friday, July 17th | 7pm – Artist Talk

– Saturday, July 18th | 7pm – Shikoukairo II LIVE CONCERT from Tokyo, Elastic Arts, and Hairpin Arts Center featuring Hiroshi Mehata

– More events coming soon!


Initiated in 2018, the Chicago Obihiro Exchange Project is a program produced by AIRMW that facilitates an immersive exchange between Japanese-American artists in Chicago and artists from the Obihiro / Tokachi area in Japan.

In 2019, artists from Obihiro and Chicago presented a joint exhibition at Hairpin Arts Center under the name of Shikoukairo – Patterns of Thought. Framing the conversation around what it means to be defined as a Japanese artist, particularly outside of Japan, the exhibition focused on artists who deal with a vernacular of aesthetics rather than a vernacular of didactics. The artists here are inherently influenced by their Japanese cultural background, yet the content of their work goes beyond a retroactive search for cultural identity. Their mode of practice is grounded in how the innate nature of growing up with the language, culture, and traditions manifest a visual or affectual aesthetic. The international dialogue between Chicago and Japan maintains a global perspective integral to the landscape of contemporary art.


Chicago Obihiro Exchange Project is an AIRMW Arts Initiative program. Support AIRMW artists & staff: Venmo us at @AIRMW or visit airmw.org/emergencyfund to send funds through PayPal/credit card.


(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST


Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave #208, Chicago, IL 60647, USA

Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave #208, Chicago, IL 60647, USA

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