Last Updated:Mar 19, 2009

The GEISAI Has Landed

GEISAI #12 brought together the expected mix of the talented, the scary and the downright bizarre.

GEISAI ticket booth at Tokyo Big Sight.
GEISAI ticket booth at Tokyo Big Sight.
Photo: Katrina Grigg-Saito

Ryoko Arai's creative use of her booth.
Ryoko Arai's creative use of her booth.
Photo: KGS

Aya Minakawa creates trash made of rice kernels.
Aya Minakawa creates trash made of rice kernels.
Photo: KGS

Sachiho Kondo's lipstick sculptures.
Sachiho Kondo's lipstick sculptures.
Photo: KGS

Dango Ozawa poses with her anime-inspired paintings.
Dango Ozawa poses with her anime-inspired paintings.
Photo: KGS

Narumi Mogi and Yoshiko Watanabe's condom filled with water and a tiny camera-shy fish.
Narumi Mogi and Yoshiko Watanabe's condom filled with water and a tiny camera-shy fish.
Photo: KGS
Motonori Kawamura's paper sculpture.
Motonori Kawamura's paper sculpture.
Photo: KGS


Artist Mia Liu adjusts her sculptures made from used Guggenheim tickets from her days working at Visitor Services.
Artist Mia Liu adjusts her sculptures made from used Guggenheim tickets from her days working at Visitor Services.
Photo: KGS

A close-up of Shuhei Yamada's plexiglass and gloss painting. The process takes one month.
A close-up of Shuhei Yamada's plexiglass and gloss painting. The process takes one month.
Photo: KGS

The artist with the bottom half of his self-portrait.
The artist with the bottom half of his self-portrait.
Photo: KGS

Fareeza Terunuma sits in front of her graphic self-portraits.
Fareeza Terunuma sits in front of her graphic self-portraits.
Photo: KGS

All pieces are jurored. Writer Lily Franky looks on as Naoko Fukuda eagerly explains her work.
All pieces are jurored. Writer Lily Franky looks on as Naoko Fukuda eagerly explains her work.
Photo: KGS

The main stage where the winners are announced late in the day.
The main stage where the winners are announced late in the day.
Photo: KGS

Performance artists like last year’s silver medalist, unit. maker roamed the hall creating impromptu pieces.
Performance artists like last year’s silver medalist, unit. maker roamed the hall creating impromptu pieces.
Photo: KGS

Performance art group Miracle Passions went horribly awry with a black-face minstrel show.
Performance art group Miracle Passions went horribly awry with a black-face minstrel show.
Photo: KGS

Takahiro Ogihara and his tea-party set-up.
Takahiro Ogihara and his tea-party set-up.
Photo: KGS

The food van.
The food van.
Photo: KGS

Some, like Mayumi Okabe, focused on wearable-art.
Some, like Mayumi Okabe, focused on wearable-art.
Photo: KGS

T-Shirts by Shawn Miller.
T-Shirts by Shawn Miller.
Photo: KGS

Some pieces were more product-oriented, like G-Process's bowls.
Some pieces were more product-oriented, like G-Process's bowls.
Photo: KGS

Gaku Nakano traded paper bag wallets for whatever the viewer thought it was worth.
Gaku Nakano traded paper bag wallets for whatever the viewer thought it was worth.
Photo: KGS

Artist Tsubasa Takahashi looks down a row of booths. Her ink work with office pens is in the foreground.
Artist Tsubasa Takahashi looks down a row of booths. Her ink work with office pens is in the foreground.
Photo: KGS

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Katrina Grigg-Saito

Katrina Grigg-Saito

Born in Boston, but with her first memories of Hawaii, Katrina Toshiko Grigg-Saito arrived in Tokyo in December of 2007. She received her Master's from Boston University as an Earhart Fellow in Journalism and Sociology. Her work was on societal views of multi-racial identification, and took radio form in a piece she wrote and produced for <a href="http://www.npr.org/">NPR</a>. From 2005-2006 she was a member of <a href="http://www.uniondocs.org/">UnionDocs</a> in NYC where she curated, performed, made art, wrote <a href="http://yellowarrow.net/index2.php">yellow arrows</a>, orchestrated performance events and cooked massive dinners. As a dancer and actress she performed a lot, but liked most working as a dancer at the Joyce Soho in NYC on 29 Friends, playing a gang banger at the Huntington, singing at the Volksbühne in Berlin and being a company member/writer for the <a href="http://www.nyneofuturists.org/site/">NY NeoFuturists</a>. Now she writes for <a href="http://www.skirt.com/">Skirt Magazine</a>, <a href="http://www.japantimes.co.jp/">Japan Times</a>, <a href="http://www.metropolis.co.jp/specials/744/744_top.htm">Metropolis</a> and is Vice Editor of this site here.

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