Mieko Shiomi (composer)

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Mieko (Chieko) Shiomi (born 1938) is a Japanese artist and composer.


Mieko Shiomi was born in Okayama, Japan. She began music lessons as a child and studied music at the State University of the Arts in Tokyo in 1957. In 1960 she founded the group Ongaku with Takehisa Kosugi to explore improvisation and action. The group hosted performances by artists including John Cage, La Monte Young and George Brecht. From 1964 to 1965, she lived in New York City, having been invited by George Maciunas, where she contributed to Fluxus events.[1]

After 1977, Mieko Shiomi returned to work on her own compositions but continued her links with Fluxus. Shiomi lives and works in Osaka.[2]


Mieko Shiomi composes events with music and environmental action. Selected works include:

  • Disappearing Music for Face
  • Spatial Poems (series of 9 events)[3]

Her work has been recorded and issued on CD, including:

  • Requiem for George Maciunas, 1990
  • Fluxus Suite (CD), 2002


  1. ^ Butler, Cornelia; Adler, Esther; Schwartz, Alexandra (2010). Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art. 
  2. ^ "Mieko (Chieko) Shiomi". Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Gray, John (1993). Action art: a bibliography of artists' performance from futurism.