Jewelry designer and the founder of Aki Ichiriki Design. Graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design, Department of Art and Design, and studied at Wada Studio (New York), Studio Jewelers (New York), and others. Exhibited at Accent on Design Show (New York), LOOT Show (New York), and others. She has had solo exhibitions at Ginza Matsuya, AXIS (Roppongi, Tokyo), MITATE (Nishiazabu, Tokyo), Galerie Wa2 (Aoyama, Tokyo), Gallery CAJ (Kyoto), and others.
Visual artist. Born 1985 in Argentina. She has a background in music and medicine. Her interests address different displays of engendered and generic bodies, prosthetics and affective objects, using storytelling, installation and music to embrace notions of the self, virtual life and spirituality in the digital age, in-between the objectification of the persona, the personification of the object and
Graduated from Nihon University College of Art in 1994. Completed the Graduate School of Fine Arts at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1997. Stayed in Sweden under the Agency for Cultural Affairs Overseas Study Program for Emerging Artists in 2008. Recent major exhibitions/ art festival include "Roppongi Art Night 2012" (Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, 2012), "Kids House Theatre" (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2017), "Made in Fuchu: 20 Years of Public Production" (Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, 2020), and "Emotional Rescue" (Collaboration Program of Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions ) (AL, Tokyo, 2021).
Photographer. Began presenting work at “dragged out studio,” ran by Ikeda since 1999. In 2003, he began creating and presenting the portrait series, “Weekend Photo Studio”. Ikeda founded YUKAI Co., Ltd. in 2006, and began activities as a creative director and film director. In 2010, he reestablished “dragged out studio” in Bakurocho as an alternative space. In 2021, the studio moved to the Kanda Port Building, where Ikeda also serves as creative director. He is also involved in social experiments for city planning and community development in Kanda, as well as directing the "Open Kanda" website for local information. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Japan and overseas. In addition to pursuing activities as the art unit “Ikeda Midori” with artist Midori Mitamura, he is a member of the Finland Sauna Club while also assuming various roles such as sauna spa professional manager, “Sharing Nature” instructor, water plant landscaper, and ambassador for Kamifurano Town in Hokkaido. Major publications include catalog SAUNA (Yukai Publishing), Akarui Butsu Dori [Taking bright still life photography] (BNN, Inc.), and INASE NA TOKYO (command N). He has exhibited work in “Masanori Ikeda Exhibition: SUN” (Spiral Garden, Tokyo, 2017), “Masanori Ikeda Portrait Project 2012-2018: INASE NA TOKYO” (3331 Arts Chiyoda 1F Main Gallery, Tokyo, 2018), among others.
Project team established in order to organize a multinational art exhibition, which the Immigration Museum Tokyo has been holding continuously since 2020, in collaboration with the Tokyo Biennale 2023. The current members of the team are Shigeaki Iwai (artist, director of the Immigration Museum Tokyo), and Mana Sakurai and Yu Nishikawa (project coordinators).
Immigration Museum Tokyo (IMM Tokyo) is an art project that focuses on the daily lives of people living in Japan with roots overseas. Although IMM is called a museum, it does not have any facilities, and has been moving from place to place in Adachi City—including vacant stores, churches, and old houses—while developing exhibitions and events that allow visitors to experience whatever IMM Tokyo has available at the time.
*IMM Tokyo is held as a part of “Art Access Adachi: Downtown Senju – Connecting through Sound Art."
Composer. Studied Jazz guitar with Akira Kikuchi and popular music theory and polyrhythm with Naruyoshi Kikuchi. 2013, nominated as a finalist for the Prix Presque Rhyan, an international competition by contemporary musician Luc Ferrari. In 2015, he released his first album Title fit I felt it, which received comments from various sources including French contemporary music composer Brunhild Ferrari. Since 2016, he has been a member of the French label Tsuku Boshi.
Urbanist, Experience Designer, Co-Chairman of "for Cities", Podcaster. With the motto of "using cities with our own hands," She has intervened as an "outsider" in various cities in Japan and abroad, including Shibuya, Amsterdam, Cairo, and Ho Chi Minh City, while organizing small citizen-led activities in the city. She has established "for Cities," a design studio for urban experiences, and operates "forcities.org," a platform for urbanists around the world, and "Urbanist School," a place for learning. Presides over "Dear Tree Project," a data platform for street trees that re-edits the relationship between cities and greenery, and edits and publishes "Meaningful City Magazine," which rethinks cities from the perspective of meaning. She conducts research, planning, editing, and develops educational programs on urban themes. Her favorite moment in a city is "the way home."
Artist. After completing a master's degree in crafts at Joshibi University of Art and Design, she took over her grandmother's dyeing tools and established Iwasaki Somekoubo (dyeing studio) to begin producing dyed works. At the same time, she has been involved in building preservation activities in Taito Ward since her student days, teaching workshops for children at music halls mainly in Yokohama City, and planning art projects. Currently, she is an assistant professor at Tokyo Kasei University.
Artist. Director of Immigration Museum Tokyo. Since the 1990s, Iwai has been researching the state of multiculturalism in Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. Since 2010, he has been directing the project-based Immigration Museum Tokyo. Alongside these activities, Iwai is involved in various other activities from his base of Akita, including his involvement in establishing the Graduate School of Transdisciplinary Arts at Akita University of Art, in addition to advocating for henkyō (border) art. Iwai is a professor at Akita University of Art and a part-time lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts.
Artist and muralist. He has traveled to dozens of countries painting pictures based on the sensations he gets from the unknown environment. He returned to Japan in 2009 after a two-and-a-half-year trip to Latin America in 2007. In 2011, after the Great East Japan Earthquake, he released the [★con tierra☆] series based on the concept of circulation. "con la tierra" was published.
Artist. Developing art projects in Japan and abroad, including works and stages that create a dialogue between place and people, and the revitalization of abandoned schools and satoyama (villages that live sustainably with their nearby forests and mountains). He serves as the coordinator for “Jewelry and the Town: Learning” as well as the project director of Tokyo Biennale 2023.
Architect. He has been involved in activities to create waterfront attractions throughout Japan, including director of the Mizbering Project of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and has provided consultation on waterfront development projects for Wakayama City, Sumida City, and railroad companies, as well as waterfront utilization for area management organizations and other organizations. Co-founder of Mizubeso, a membership organization for using Yokohama's waterfront. He received the Tokyo Society of Architects "Architects of the Future" Award (2017) and the "Machinaka Hiroba Award" Encouragement Award (2017), as well as the Good Design Award Gold Prize (2018) for Mizbering Project.