Tomiyo Sasaki

Tomiyo Sasaki is a Canadian artist of Japanese descent who is a pioneer of the video art medium. She attended art school in Canada, and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, and her graduate degree in sculpture at the California College of Arts and Crafts. In 1969, she moved to New York. She began working with the video medium in 1971 when the medium was in its infancy, and has continued to the present. She has traveled and exhibited internationally. During the 1980s and 1990s, Ms. Sasaki traveled to places as diverse as the Falkland Islands, the Galapagos Islands, Kenya, Egypt, Japan, Tibet, and China, to gather footage for her installation projects. She has received numerous awards, including Canada Council, Tokyo Video Festival grand prizewinner, Asian Cultural Council grant, NEA, John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. She maintains a studio in New York, and is currently creating virtual video installations utilizing video footage incorporated within synthetic 3D space.

Artist Code: 187



1998, 62:00 minutes, colour, Tibetan

Video Installation Projects - virtual diagrams

1998, 62:00 minutes, colour, Tibetan

On The Roof Of The World (A study)

1989, 45:00 minutes, colour, Tibetan

Incense To Recall The Soul (A study)

1988, 20:00 minutes, colour

Holy Cow! (A study)

1987, 10:35 minutes, colour

Cosmic Dancer (A study)

1987, 15:00 minutes, colour

Creatures Of The Enchanted Isles (A study)

1984, 25:00 minutes, colour

Fous de Bassan (A study)

1983, 02:15 minutes, colour

Spawning Sockeyes (A study)

1983, 15:00 minutes, colour

Aviary Species In Soda Soup (A study)

1982, 18:10 minutes, colour

Critical Writing

Artists' Video From Canada
by Peggy Gale. Bologna, Milano: The Link & Invideo, 1995.
Artists' Video From Canada
Can-Asian Perspectives: A Film and Video Series Exploring Asian Experiences in Canada, 1992. London: The Canadian High Commission and Bazaar Magazine/South Asian Arts Forum, 1992.
La Vidéo Dans le monde: De la vidéo-outil à la vidéo-icône
by Jean Tourangeau. Les yeux fertiles: Bilan cinématographique et vidéographique 1989, 1989. Montréal: Les herbes rouge, 1989.
Individuals: New Video From Canada
by Peggy Gale. Aspetti e Tendenze della Ricerca Video Canadese, 1989. Ferrara: Ferrara: Centro Video Arte, 1989.
aspetti e tendenze della ricerca video canadese
by Lola Bonora. Ferrara: Centro Video Arte Ferrara, 1989.
Art Beyond the Galleries: Olympic festival takes visual exhibits...
by Stephen Godfrey. The Globe and Mail, Feb. 20, 1988.
Hot Art In A Cool Medium
by Brian D. Johnson and Mark Budgen. Maclean's, Mar. 3, 1986.
Spawning Sockeyes
by Jackie Goodwin and Tomiyo Sasaki. Video Guide, 1986, v. 8, no. 37/2.
Winnipeg Perspective 1985 Video
by Shirley Madill. The Winnipeg Perspective, 1985. Winnipeg: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1985.
Video to salvage TV Wasteland
by John Bentley Mays. The Globe and Mail, Sept. 10, 1982.
Video show off to promising start
by John Bentley Mays. The Globe and Mail, Mar. 19, 1980.