Involved as a core member in the production of “Super Sorted Garbage Bins” at the Fujihata Laboratory, Keio University SFC in 1995. 1998 Graduated from the Graduate School of Media and Governance of Keio University. Master's thesis title “Throwing objects out of consciousness is the structure of garbage, and can it be an art activity related to this problem?” Also he produced Yuko Matsuzawa's series of projects “Can You Hear Our Songs?” from 2018 to 2022. Co-chair of Zushi Art Festival 2020 and 2021 (Kanagawa, Japan). He is also a member of CAMWACCA.
Born 1963 in Odate City, Akita, Japan. Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts (Department of Painting). A socially aware artist pushing forth diverse art projects with focus on “art x community x industry.” In the early 1990’s, he set up guerilla art projects – “THE GINBURART” in Ginza and “Sinjuku Shonen Art” in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho district (1993). From 1996 on, the artist caught global attention by transforming corporate identities into artworks, one major example being the McDonald’s golden arches. In 1997, he formed an alternative artist initiative Command N. Activities of this group include the international video installation “Akihabara TV” held multiple years in 1999, 2000, and 2002. His work was displayed in the 49th Venice Biennale (2001) Japan Pavilion “First & Slow” exhibition. From 2004, he founded a number of art projects including “himming” in Himi (Toyama, Japan) and “ZERODATE” in Odate (Akita, Japan). Nakamura then founded 3331 Arts Chiyoda in June 2010 as an independent and sustainable art center. Through Command N and 3331, Nakamura has founded 10 art bases and held 740 art projects, in addition to overseeing close to 3,100 events with the collaboration of 2,000 artists, 180 core staff members, and 1,350 supporting staff/volunteers. He is the Co-general Director of the Tokyo Biennale 2020/2021 followed by the Tokyo Biennale 2023.
Artist. Born 1990 in Kyoto. Using walls and boundaries that separate things as motifs, she creates works starting from her relationship with places. The walls and boundaries that appear in her works often appear as objects to be broken through. In recent years, she has been reexamining the relationship between the things on both sides of the wall by setting up walls inside the room, as in the case of a work in which she kintsugi-decorated the damaged walls and floors of an old private house scheduled for demolition (the house was actually demolished later) and a work in which outside light can be seen leaking inside through the holes in the walls and ceiling.
Copywriter, poet, programmer. Born in 1973. In addition to working as executive creative director at Dentsu Digital Inc. and as a copywriter, he continues to create works that combine poetry and programming. Video works include “Industrial Waste Treatment Plant Rock” and “Poolside Life”. Exhibitions include the poetry exhibitions “little stones in panic forest” at Gallery Sanyodo and “I A and I B” at Impact HUB Tokyo, in which he collaborated with artificial intelligence. He is the author of Happy Birthday 3.11 (Asuka Shinsha) and many other publications.
Graduated from the Department of Information Design, now Kyoto University of Arts, in 2020. Engaged in art direction utilizing his experience in graphic design and development of creative measures and solution tools utilizing AI. He is engaged in the creation of new creative measures by making the most of his unique background as an AI engineer from an art university.
After majoring in computer science, engaged in new business development related to VR and AI. Covered a wide range of areas including production, new business formulation, income and expenditure planning, project management, creative direction, and research and development.
Curator and psychotherapist. She moved to the U.S. after working in the Japanese contemporary art scene in the 1990s, and worked as a social worker and clinical psychotherapist in Los Angeles. In addition to providing psychotherapy, she has conducted art projects at senior facilities, domestic violence shelters, etc. In 2018, she returned to Japan to work on activities related to art and resilience. She is currently a professor at Akita Public University of Art and Design. She is the Co-general producer of Tokyo Biennale 2023 with Masato Nakamura.
Born 1978 in Yamaguchi. Works in Tokyo and Kochi. Gladuated Tokyo Zokei University Painting major in 2002. Gladuated the film school of Tokyo Documentary Course in 2004. Exploring both photography and writing. Sometimes he put text alongside photos. However, his purpose is not to explain the photographs. Words have their own materiality and evoke a different image in the reader the photograph. And neither thephotograph nor the text is reality it self, even though it is a replacement of reality there.
Major solo exhibitions include "Kyorai" (Rojitohito,Tokyo, 2022）, "Community Art" (Kutsuu Community Center and Susaki Machikado gallery, Kochi, 2020), "AWARE" (swichipoint, Tokyo, 2019), "Situation reading with photograph", art center ongoing, Tokyo, 2018）, and "anima」" (3331gallery, Tokyo, 2012）. Major group exhibitions include "Kiku project with M・I /Notsugonku" (private house in Nagahama Notsugo, Kochi, 2023）, "Super Tamatama" (chateau２F, Tokyo, 2022）, "Kiku project with M・I /okulahama outdooe theater" (Faust, Kochi, 2022）, "Kiku project with M・I /One Sister」" (Equivalent, Kochi, 2023）, "Gender and Genderless /letter from Haruka Higa" (Hoshio, Tokyo, 2021）, "10 years since Tohoku Earthquake" (Warakoh Museum, Kochi, 2021）, and "CSP6" (Tokyo Zokei University Art Museum, Tokyo, 2019）
Born 1976 in Fukuoka, Japan. In 2001, Nishimura completed his MFA in Painting at Tokyo University of the Arts. He began a reconstruction project in 2003 of a disused textile plant in Kiryu, Gunma, an area known for its industrial history. For the “Moriyoshi Reconstruction Project” (2003–2004, former Moriyama Yoshihei Textile Plant) and long-running “YAMAJIORIMONO*WORKS” (Yamaji Textile Plant, 2006–), he worked directly with the factory owners in fixing the worn down wooden buildings, forming dialogs with each place while reading the history behind its objects as a way of acting out the creation of space that we live in today.
Artist. Born 1982 in Nara, Japan. He has been developing projects in Japan and abroad focusing on the relationship between the act of dressing and communication . He also works with his own fashion label NISHINARI YOSHIO. Currently an associate professor at the Department of Inter Media Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts.
Nobuho Nagasawa, who received education in Europe, has been active as a transdisciplinary artist worldwide since 1984. Her site-specific works resonate with communities and explore the architectural space and psychological aspects of people. These encompass installations, architectural interventions, and time-based works, and extend to areas such as ecology, sustainability, activism, and public art. In her recent works, art, science, technology, sound, and synaesthesia intersect to create works that generate simultaneous experiences of touch and perception.
Her socially engaged art and public art have been presented in Japan, the United States, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and other regions, earning her numerous awards both domestically and internationally. In Japan, she has exhibited her work at various venues including the Art Tower Mito Setagaya Art Museum, The Museum of Modern Art Saitama, Nagoya City Art Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura. She has also participated in exhibitions at art festivals such as the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Setouchi Art Triennale, Fukushima Biennale, Tokunoshima Art Project, and Nakanojo Biennale, among others.
Her international exhibitions include works at the Prague Castle as part of the first-ever Japanese contemporary art touring exhibition in Eastern Europe. Her work has also been exhibited at the Ludwig Museum in Hungary and Germany. Additionally, she has been invited to participate in Biennials in countries such as Bangladesh, Egypt, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
Nagasawa received awards such as Excellence in Design Award in (Los Angeles, 1997) (New York, 2007, 2016) and Innovation Design Award (2019) among others. Her recent work which received "Women-Designed NYC"(2019) was featured in “Architecture Now: New York, New Publics" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2023. This fall she will take part in the 20th-anniversary exhibition of the Mori Art Museum titled “Our Ecology: Toward a Planetary Living.”
After obtaining a master's degree from the Hochschule der Künste Berlin (Berlin University of the Arts) Nagasawa studied contemporary art, art criticism, and music at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). She served as a professor at Scripps College, Claremont University (1992-1996), and the University of California, Santa Cruz (1996–2001). Since 2001, she has been a professor at Stony Brook University, State University of New York, and served as the director of the graduate program for 10 years. Since 2016, she is also an affiliated professor of Devising Theatre and Performance Art.