16th December 2017 – 27th February 2018
Group exhibition ‘the Fox and the grapes’, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, curated by Alexandra Landré
I exhibit video  ‘Swinging Sleeves’ & installation ‘Test Charts’

 Video recorded in Japan (Arita), duration: 05:58min, performers: Fukuda Hazuki / Oghi Akari / Watanabe Midori (kimono) / Yuriko Matsuoka


21 till 29 OCTOBER 2017

Exhibition organized by Saga Prefecture
Project ‘Bow Clap Bow’, porcelain objects made during Arita Residency

This exhibition showcases six projects which have been developed by each individual artist during their three month residency programme in the porcelain town of Arita, Japan in 2016 and 2017.
The exhibition design: by Scholten & Baijings
sponsors: Saga Prefecture, The Mondriaan Fund, Stimuleringsfonds, The Netherlands Embassy Tokyo
Open: Sat- Sun, 11:00- 18:00
address: Veem Torenallee 80 Eindhoven


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Solo exhibition by Ruta Butkute, installation & performance ‘Swinging Sleeve’, project space Bradwolff Projects, Amsterdam (curated Christine van den Bergh)
performances on 5th of March at 17:00  & 2nd of April 17:00
Supported By AFK (Amsterdam fonds voor de kunst)
Performers: Roos van Berkel and Tashi Iwaoka

photo credits: Christine van den Bergh

During Art Rotterdam Intersections BRADWOLFF PROJECTS will present
Swinging Sleeve from 8th to the 12th of February 2017. It is a performative installation by Ruta Butkute, curated by Christine van den Bergh

Times performance Swinging Sleeve

8 February 13:00
9 February 14:30
10 February 17:00
11 February 15:00
12 February 14:00

Performers Roos van Berkel and Tashi Iwaoka


7th OCT (2016) Opening Performance T Shape, exhibition ‘Made in Japan’, Cultuurcentrum Strombeek Grimbergen, BE

artist: Ruta Butkute / performer: Yurie Umamoto / curated by Work Space Brussels & CC Strombeek

Performance times:
8.30 – 8.45PM
9.30 – 9.45PM

12 Oktober – 12 November 2016 @ workspacebrussels ( opening 12, 18:00 – 22:00 ), Project ‘Bow Clap Bow 1/2 ‘sculpture installation+video process Arita
part of group exhibition ‘In praise of waves’ Japanese culture as source of inspiration









14 October 2016/ exhibition Bow Clap Bow/ tile installation+video process Arita, Hirado Sweets/Japan



Exhibitions/ Presentations Japan~ Tokyo/ Osaka/ Arita

19th August 2016/ Project Arita/ at 19 o’ clock, Presentation  & discussion’ Material is culture ‘ Dutch embassy, Tokyo
20th August – October  2nd 2016 / Project Arita/ at 18 o ‘ clock /  Exhibition Bow Clap Bow, SHOP/Teruhiroyanagihara, Osaka

25th August 2016 /Project Arita/  at 18 o’ clock / Presentation ( video slip casting ~ tiles) New Address, Arita




video project


Performers: Fukuda Hazuki / Oghi Akari / Watanabe Midori (kimono) / Yuriko Matsuoka

The body language I rechoreographed (used from from Japanese Summer Matcha  Tea Ceremony) ~ focusing on: kneeling, walking, bowing. Fascination comes how restricted trained body movements are sterilising the object and space. Is that – a function? or ritualising/ sacralizing the meaning of space, challenging the perception of time…… Drawing all attention to predefined architecture/interior and kimono body aesthetics.


Research: Four layers of kimono divides the installation into front, shoulder line, back and sleeve. Butkute uses the layers and shapes of a kimono for the actors movements in the space.The Kimono itself is becoming a floor plan. The artist explores Japanese summer tea ceremony for a performance choreography. The space of the performance is divided into parts with specific places for kneeling, walking and bowing. Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all ones attention into predefined movements.




Space divided into : Front /Sholder line/ Sleeve /Back



cut okumi – fold body sleeve


12 layers of kimono = 8 limbs of the body

Artist Ruta Butkute researches the performativity of material, porcelain from Arita, Japan. Liquid porcelain slip is becoming a body for shape, color and pattern. Through the choreographed movement of slip flow the artist explores the nature of water and stone and its graphics. As a reference the artist uses the traditional kimono forms and its traditional textile patterns. It is becoming a guideline for creating porcelain tile shapes which grows into an installation and video w0rks.

Slip casting video  ( porcelain  tiles ) will be exhibited 19th Tokyo, 20th August – 2 nd October Osaka, 25 th Arita



 Project: BOW CLAP BOW

Presentations/exhibition artist will exhibit slip casting video & installation of tiles, & will share process of performative video in tatami room  ( in process). Slip casting video  ( porcelain  tiles ) will be exhibited 19th Tokyo, 20th August – 2 nd October Osaka, 25 th Arita. Please e-mail if you are interested in further project details:

Yuki - Sleeve length


Working on Yukata Sleeve 






Swinging Sleeve


12 choreographic layers   3



Searching for seigaiha=partial wave

Feting Stiching








zig-zag SHIDE

A white paper GOHEI is most commonly used. It is placed on the  Shinto altar often along with a mirror. During the ritual called kami-oroshi (bringing-down-kami) .The gohei is always a symbol of the kami’s presence.

A GOHEI is used in ceremonial purification. It is rubbed against a worshipper to dispel evil influences.


1. A thin board; a billet of wood; a splinter.

HOW TO MAKE//// zigzag-shaped paper streamer




Onusa/a Shintoist in a typical purification ritual. The wand or harai gushi (sweeping squewer/stick) that the priest is holding is a wooden pole to which is attached a great many of the zigzag strips mentioned above






Residency 1st June- 31st August 2016  Arita, Japan (Artist residency supported by Mondriaan Funds). Visited places for research: Arita, Imari, Takeo, Fukuoka





1aritaBow Clap Bow, SHINTO SHRINE, ARITA



Sponge, porcelain factory, Arita Porcelain Abrasive stone | Grinder Processing Equipment







Cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short.









6 STONE IMAGES OF BUDDHA: Jigoku (hell), Gaki (hunger spirits), Chikusho (animal), Shura (Asuras), Ningen (men), Tenjo (Heavenly Beings) after death


 In Shinto kannagara,”way of [expression] of the kami”, refers to the law of the natural order. Kami



To become great masters of shodo, according to Zen philosophy, the right way is not the continuous practice, but meditation, which leads to “hollowing out” of himself, to break free from any disturbance that can be a nuisance during the execution of a work of calligraphy.



Harau Oreru