Italian-Japanese artist, Masako Matsushita deals with movement analysis through choreography and dance, performative installations and social experiments. She explores the presence of the body in space aiming to generate architectures for socialisation through senses, scores, maps, connecting culture and aesthetics, identity and tradition.
She has been artist-in-residence in Europe and overseas, presenting her own works and in collaboration with other artists in festivals including Sånafest, Drodesera35° Motherlode, 16° Quadriennale d’Arte di Roma, Romaeuropa Festival, OperaEstate Festival Veneto, B.Motion, Swallowsfeet, Neu/Now, ITS Festival, Haut Festival, Rencontres Chorégraphique, Les Plateaux, Exentriques, Bratislava in Movement.
In collaboration with the Norwegian artist Ingvild Isaksen they form the duo A mas.ing creating among the various works LAND SKAP vol.1/vol.2 produced by Sånafest Festival with the support of DE.MO./Movin’UP II session 2016 and promoted by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and GAI – Association for the Touring of Young Artists.
She was selected for the NID Platform 2019 and Aerowaves Twenty20. The piece UN/DRESS | Moving Painting received academic interest: Barbara Brownie writes about it in Acts of Undressing Politics, Erotism and Discarded Clothing (2016); Lesley Millar and Alice Kettle in The Erotic Cloth: Seduction and Fetishism in Textile (2018), both books published by Bloomsbury.
Masako closely collaborates with CSC Centro per la Scena Contemporanea of Bassano del Grappa taking part in Creative Europe Projects such VIBES a choreographic and audio experience promoting cultural and linguistic diversity in collaboration with Mugen Yahiro taiko artist and partners amongst which Orbe, Coventry University, Holonic Systems, Stichting International Choreographic Arts Center (ICK). Masako is one of the founders of 4bid Gallery Amsterdam and initiator of the creative process named Diary of a Move
As dancer for the choreographers among which Elisabetta Consonni, Sivan Rubinstein, Ingvild Isaksen, and visual artists Curandi Katz, Josiah McElheny.