“Creativity from HOME” : Experimental Remote Residency for Creative Thinkers

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“Creativity from HOME”  家からはじまる芸術創造

 : Experimental Remote Residency for Creative Thinkers

    Operated by Co-iki

世界各国のクリエイターによる実験的リモートレジデンシー / co・iki

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This experimental residency will be implemented by the participating creators from different parts of the globe from July to September during this time of Pandemic.
この実験的リモートレジデンシー(遠隔滞在)企画は、パンデミック時代における共創的クリエイティブレジデンシーをいかに可能にするか、世界各国のクリエイターとともに実験しながら2020年7月~9月(予定)の3か月間で進めていきます。

Background Story 

Co-iki has been working as a platform for creative individuals from various fields of art and creative sectors, providing an actual residency space (co-living space) for creators working on research projects, works-in-progress, and community events, giving professionally guided support for real life experiences in Tokyo, Japan.

Due to the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe that now is the time to think about “pre-residency” or “remote-residency”, whatever you would like to call it, it’s the time to delve into “Creativity from HOME”.

Co-iki activates a 30-year-old, typical Japanese house as a residency space, and so far we have had creators staying with us from many different backgrounds such as anthropology, multi-media, music composition, painting, film&video, and contemporary dance, etc. In addition to this, we have held many different kinds of events from cooking to collaborative dance&music events and sometimes opening the space as a shelter for people during times of emergency.

Through the process of running our residency program in this house, we have co-creatively built a homely community for creatives of various backgrounds and nationalities placing importance on “Co-living”, “Co-working” and “Co-creating”.

Can we nurture this creative community even from a long distance?

What’s the relation between “Mobility” and “Creativity”?

This call is for our mutual experiment, co-creative practice under the current COVID-19 situation.

Please join us in the process!  

co・iki    *as of June  2020

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Open Call for ”Creativity from HOME”  *Now Closed 

https://www.facebook.com/events/144568080327065/

The Co-iki Team really appreciates all of the applications received from more than 25 countries around the world!

Thank you !!

Please follow the upcoming news on:  
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Participating Creators

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Teresa Leung / Hong Kong     

テレサ・リョオン / 香港  

Project:  Barter:  Outside our windows

During the pandemic, I stay home more often though there’s no formal lockdown in Hong Kong (People can still go out despite some restrictions). Working from home, I’ve more chances to look from my windows, observing passers-by such as people or animals like dogs.

I’ve taken some photos from my windows during the pandemic while also noticing things about the view outside my windows which I didn’t notice before.

This barter project involves the exchange of photos taken from home at the windows during the pandemic whether or not participants experience lockdown in their villages, towns, or cities. While people keep distance from each other now, this project allows us to interact remotely and exchange what we see from our homes and perhaps images of what you see and at the same time some personal meanings.

Call for Participants:
https://co-iki.tumblr.com/post/623679287807131648/outsideourwindows

[ How to take part ]
https://www.teresart.net/outside-our-windows

☟Teresa’s Interview on blog
https://co-iki.tumblr.com/post/626685160678621184/teresacorrespondence

What’s “HOME” for you ?

Home is where I physically live and that physical space also associates with some of my memories.

At the same time, home can be extended to the surroundings of that physical space just mentioned and what I can see, hear, and feel from there.

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I’d call myself a flaneur. During the pandemic, I spend much less time walking around but that won’t stop me from observing my surrounding, which has made me aware of details that I wasn’t aware of before.Observing and connecting with the outside are what sustains my art practice, which is about responding to urban situations or situations in any sites/locations and creating shared-experiences by involving people as collaborators.

https://www.teresart.net/bio-eng
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Francis Annagu / Nigeria

フランシス・アンナグ  / ナイジェリア  

Project:  (Un)forgotten Flora”

(Un)forgotten Flora delves into the politics of plants and explores systems of meaning that have been impressed upon nature, flora, and seeds throughout eras of imperialism and globalization.

It pushes us to reconsider common perceptions and representations about nature ‘having always been there,’ being ‘neutral’ or ‘passive,’ when instead plants embody the larger history and are integral actors in it. This project investigates historical gaps and the economic and diplomatic implications of nature’s uses and Tokyo’s flora exchange flow patterns.

Looking at history through the perspective of nature, the artist in (Un)forgotten Flora shares counter official narratives around flora, drowning us in an abundance of ‘strange flowers.’ Despite the plants’ beauty, our unease reminds us that beyond relations of power, nature’s circulation routes take us back to our relationship with the land and have an impact on our origins, collective and individual memories, and survival.

Call for Participants:
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What’s “HOME” for you ?

HOME is a cultural space for mending relationships. It’s life’s oldest school for creating and teaching art in a new form, appreciated through cooking, communication, gardening and chores. HOME shapes collaborative work and trains the mind for powerfully mental activities and opens up the grounds for coexistence and empathy.

HOME is the driving point from our distinctly shared identities. HOME is a place to tell amusing tales, a good story, or make memorable memories with one another. We are all beautiful potteries of our HOMES into which our uniqueness fosters socialization and multi-cultural values.

Where HOME is to garden, art is to consciousness.

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Francis Annagu is a Nigerian artist, documentary photographer, essayist, poet/author and researcher whose works have been featured in Wotisart, Contrarian, London Grip, Photographic Museum of Humanity, Crannog, Save Africa Anthology,  Solstice Magazine and numerous others.

He has researched the visual works of international artists such as Graeme Williams, Chris Onah, Karl Ohiri, and Charlotte Yonga for the Impact Journey – a documentary photography and film platform based in Amsterdam. His works were exhibited on Social Documentary Network and at the Arts Theatre Kaduna State University.

His visual project “Stone Brothers” was selected for best project for the catalogue by Florence Contemporary Gallery, and most recently including a single photograph “Laloi boat” selected for Special Recognition by Viewbug. He’s the founder of The Art Project & Lab – ArProLab to promote African art, culture and research.

https://medium.com/@francis_annagu/about-francis-annagu-de2de647c0fd

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Olia Fedorova / Ukraine

オリア・フェドロヴァ / ウクライナ  

Project: “Welcome (to my) home”

«Welcome (to my) home» is a photo-project connecting Co-iki space with the artist’s home apartment.

Photographs of different spots of her house in Kharkiv, Ukraine are set in the corresponding places in Co-iki – and backwards, the photos from Co-iki are placed in her house. So that the visitors of both spaces can simultaneously be guests of two homes, which are 8000 km and 6 hours remote from each other.

It is intended to be a virtual bridge between Japan and Ukraine, erasing the borders and shortening the distances – not only physical, geographical, cultural and political ones, but also those put on by the global pandemic.

Call for Participants:
https://co-iki.tumblr.com/post/627044269935542272/welcometomyhome
*Please check the uploaded photos from here
https://oliafedorova.com/welcometomyhome

☟Olia’s Interview on blog
https://co-iki.tumblr.com/post/627582866307661824/oliacorrespondence

What’s “HOME” for you ?

For me home is not about possession, property or a specific physical place – it is rather a feeling which any person brings with themselves wherever they go. The inner home is  warmness, love and sense of safety that we always carry with us, like a turtle carries its shell, and share with the outside world. I can’t feel myself not at home anywhere, because home is where I am

*If you are interested, you can also check out one of my projects on this topic, which is named “I don’t know where I am, but it is my home” –

 http://oliafedorova.tilda.ws/i-dont-know-where-i-am

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Multidisciplinary conceptual artist, working with photography, video, installation and text. Born in 1994. Based in Kharkiv, Ukraine.Exhibited and participated in residencies and shows in Ukraine, Poland, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom. My practice is focused on the exploration and interaction with the environments as semantic spaces, on revealing voids in them – the spots of uncertainty and slippery of language, of misunderstanding and miscommunication, in search of a common ground where the dialogue becomes possible.

http://oliafedorova.tilda.ws/cv

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Shen Jiaqi / Singapore

シェン・ジャキ / シンガポール  

Project:  “Melody of the Homemaker”

This work is an investigation into the title of the ‘Homemaker’ in our current evolving society.

Through the schedule of three individual ‘Homemakers’, who are of different ages, gender, and occupation, the work will highlight the changing expectations our society have towards the role, and the habits different generations and type of homemakers have.

I have chosen the site of the kitchen to further bring out the contrasting habits and actions of the three individuals.   The medium of sound will be used, and the recording of the three individuals within the kitchen will be played at different times of the day, corresponding with the times which they carry out their activities in the kitchen.

There will also be displays of photographs of what each individual has prepared, as well as a short quote from each of them saying what it means for them to be a ‘homemaker’.

Call for Participants:
https://co-iki.tumblr.com/post/624584975205941248/homemakers

☟Jiaqi’s Interview on blog
https://co-iki.tumblr.com/post/626671910118375425/jiaqicorrespondence

What’s “HOME” for you ?

Home for me is a space that we should feel safe physically and emotionally.

It is not determined by the size or the luxuriousness of the environment,  and also not by the number of people living in the same house. A home is created through the actions of every member in the house, and these accumulative actions help to mold the home into what it is.

For many of us, we are fortunate to be able to have a safe space to call home, and we must be thankful for the efforts of every contributing individual, and we ourselves should also be mindful of our part to maintain harmony at home. However for many individuals that do not have a safe space to call home, the search for that space can take a long time, and it may exist in different individuals and locations, across a period of time.  

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Shen Jiaqi is an artist living and working in Singapore. Graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and an art educator for the past 8 years, her work revolves around the various unique social issues she experiences and personally encounters.

Her inspirations stem from systematic restrains, societal norms, and cultural expectations. Aesthetically inspired by scenes from everyday life and the urban environment, she seeks to start dialogues and elevate awareness about our shared but unsaid experiences as a society.

https://sjqart.com/ / Instagram: s_jq

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Muhammad Rizqi Muttaqin / Indonesia

ムハンマド・リキ・ムタキン / インドネシア  

Project: Virtual Photography”

Under the current pandemic situation, unique collaborative artwork which can be done online, although rarely noticed, may be one of the best choices we have. The possibility is that artists can now work together in different places and time zones.

The question is whether these patterns can survive after the pandemic ends, and become new working methods. “Virtual Photography” is becoming a trend in today’s pandemic situation because many conventional photo sessions have been delayed and photographers are now trying to find a way to continue their work.“

Virtual Photography” is a newly emerged technique which now has been sought after by many photographers due to the current Pandemic impact on economics, time and space. Remote photographing opens up a new field in the world of photography, for which its development of methods and techniques is important. This is why the artist is here to experiment, this is a Virtual Photography Experiment.

What’s “HOME” for you ?

Home is when you feel safe and  sovereign.

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Rizqi Muttaqin is an Indonesia based artist. The area of experimentation of his work encompasses light and color media. 

Many of his works are influenced by the experiences of color and light in his daily life.Besides, photography and moving images are often used as the medium of his work.Rizqi Muttaqin have also worked on some art performance pieces to express his inner unrest and it has become a ripening part in his art practice .

https://www.behance.net/muhrizki

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Tomoya Kikuchi (Wetplate-Kikuchi)  / Japan   

菊地 知也 / 日本  

Project: “House Obscura Project” 

This project uses the “camera obscura” principle to turn an entire room into a camera.

In addition, the landscape and the inhabitants are photographed on a large scale using the classic technique of “wet-plate photography”. The word “camera obscura”  is the origin of the camera. In this project, the camera obscura is recreated in a room using a lens to capture the outside view. The images will be projected on a huge screen.Furthermore, by utilizing the “wet plate photography” technique from the end of the Edo period, which made it possible to create films of any scale, the images projected in the room can be preserved as photographs.

This is a combination of photographic techniques and house-based workshops.

It would be an opportunity to expand the possibilities of art using the house, and to understand the fundamentals of photography in principle. I hope it will be a re-transmission of value.

What’s “HOME” for you ?

Home is what connects human and the living.

I’m very interested in how home had witnessed the interior of the house and the exterior in town at the same time, just like human had witnessed home.

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My work focuses on complex art that mixes the classical and the contemporary.

My themes are archive and memory, past, present and future.

By focusing on technique and materials, I make the tradition of the art of reminiscence an everyday practice.

Understanding and reviving the traditions of the past is in a sense an act of meditation.I will also focus on artisanal awareness and the quest for perfection.Contesting the distinction between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, I see art as a craft performed according to clear formal rules, always referring to social reality.

I would like to create new values for the recovery of aesthetics and the rediscovery of values, valuing the emotional beauty and attractiveness of my work so that people will recognize its appeal.

https://www.wetplatekikuchi.com

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Copen  / Japan

コペン / 日本  

Project: “Virtual Shared House – one family under seven roofs -”

The meaning of a shared house is changing. It is not only an affordable place to live, but a place to make a community.

With the loneliness of people living in urban areas and the loss of local communities becoming an issue, we will explore new possibilities of  “living” that can connect people in a comfortable distance, by running a virtual shared house using online communication tools, which is becoming more familiar in the post-Covid19 world.

This project is to connect seven properties and living a communal life online for a month with seven housemates from all over the world.

We will open an “Online Lounge” every day from 9pm to 10pm. A community manager is in a “living room” every day, and other residents are free to come and go. On weekday mornings, we will practice yoga, cook breakfast or eat together. On weekends, we hold some themed parties.

☟Copen’s Interview on blog
https://co-iki.tumblr.com/post/630932227595829248/vsh

What’s “HOME” for you ?

Where I am what I am.

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Copen is an artist unit of NagiCha and Yu.

They use Japanese traditional sweet Shiratama for their artworks and organize edible art workshops in local communities around the world, such as Cambodia, Finland, and Portugal.

They also work as editors for IDEAS FOR GOOD, an online magazine focusing on creative ideas tackling social issues. Their motto is the pen is more fun than the sword.

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naok fujioto  / Japan

藤本ナオ子 / 日本  

Project: “Gardenation” 

This project is an art event with virtual and real performances set in a house. 

Based on the keywords of women and family (home and garden), we consider the way of life during the corona disaster.

In this project, I would like to make the opportunity to think about “Home and Garden” in ‘stay home’ with the citizens. For this reason, I invite performance artists and visual artists from Japan and other countries to hold a program (exhibition) that will be released online. Today, as social distancing has become the mainstream for the prevention of coronavirus infection, it has become extremely difficult to construct realistic communication, which is the essence of art.

So, I would like to make an experimental opportunity to rethink our communication through an interactive relationship with ‘Observer and Performer’ that emerges through the two directions of online and reality or virtual and physical.

What’s “HOME” for you ?

家庭(庭)|garden(Safe space 安全な場所)

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Curator, artist, researcher 

Director of “Geek Love Project” (supported by Arts council Tokyo 2018-2019)

Member of “Small Talk Project”(Curration Collective)   

“naok fujiomoto” was born in Tokyo and studied fine art at Royal College of Art(Master of Fine Art/sculpture).

Schedule

Each project of the participating creators will be implemented  between July and September during “Creativity from HOME”.

The creators will develop their project collaborating with Co-iki, the project participants and supporters as well as broadening their vision together with other participating creators.

Co-iki will organize both public and private events , gatherings and talks online during the residency period.

People who have donated for this experimental residency will be able to join any private event as supporter.

Please join in the process!

Rough Schedule

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*The shown times are all Japanese Standard Time.

*As for the private lounge events & gatherings, people are invited to join by donation .Please check out the details from below.

https://www.ko-fi.com/post/Call-for-Donations-and-Financial-Aid-for-Creativi-L4L61WH7N

July , 2020

[ Public Event ]

July 24th(fri) 18:00-21:30@Online *Details from below.

Talk Session by Creators of “Creativity from HOME”
Creative Practice from “HOME” under COVID-19 Pandemic
from Ukraine,Nigeria,Hong Kong,Singapore,Indonesia and Japan

Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/events/3458576464155103/

Reservation :  https://creativety-from-home.peatix.com/

[ Private Event ]

*Only via Invitation. Please see the details below to join as a supporter.

https://www.ko-fi.com/post/Call-for-Donations-and-Financial-Aid-for-Creativi-L4L61WH7N

Meet the Japanese Artist@Virtual Co-living Lounge 

Vol.1  :   Meet Daisuke Kagawa,  July 18th(sat) 20:00 start@Virtual Co-living Lounge 

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/200699754665079/

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Daisuke Kagawa

https://www.kagawadaisuke.com/

Born 1981 in Fukuoka.

He started designing skateboards in Paris, France, and then continued to create artworks on a 2-year longitude hike through Japan. Today, he passionately devotes himself to art in various locations both in Japan and abroad.

At present, he resides in Nikko City, Tochigi prefecture, where he renovated an old house and established the “Kagawa Daisuke Museum / Yoshimiya” alongside.

His life centers on “creativity” which is not caught up in the trappings of form.

August , 2020

[ Public Event ]

Coming soon if there’s any…

[ Private Event ]
*Only via Invitation. Please see the details below to join as a supporter.

https://www.ko-fi.com/post/Call-for-Donations-and-Financial-Aid-for-Creativi-L4L61WH7N

Creators Gathering

August 8th (sat) 19:00-

August 9th (sun) 19:00-

*more dates coming up soon.

Meet the Japanese Artist@Virtual Co-living Lounge  

Vol.2  :   Meet Tenshing Kazama,  August 3rd(mon) 20:00 start@Virtual Co-living Lounge 

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/734180964078785

Tenshing Kazama

http://www.tengshing-k.com/

I am a Japanese Zen monk and contemporary artist. Born in 1979.
My reason for paralleling monk and artist is to discover the common challenges and values of art and religion and to re-present the interplay between them.
The focus of my theme is “A methodology for gathering and enhancing the faith contained in religious institution.” and “The foundation of faith internalized in customs and culture.” and the physicality that is deeply related to both of these contents.
In order to derive the uniqueness of art in Asia, his installations and art projects highlight the “history of nations and peoples” and the “spirituality behind the expression”.

1979 Born in Hokkaido, Japan
2008 B.F.A. Painting, Musashino Art University, Japan
2009 Training, Temple Eiheiji , Japan
2011 Residency of ” Cité Internationale des Arts ”, Paris, France
2018 Residency of ” Sa Sa Art Project”, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Awards
2019 “The 22th of art grand prize of TARO” Semi-Grand Prize
2017 “S-AIR Award” Winning a Prize
2016  “The 5th Sapporo 500m Gallery Award” Grand Prize
2016  “JR Tower ARTBOX 2016” Grand Prix
2016  “LUMINE meets ART AWARD 2015”  Winning a Prize
2015  “Tokyo Midtown Award 2015” Award for Excellence
2011 “Paris award of Musashino Art Univ.”  Winning a Prize

Meet Japanese Folklore@Virtual Co-living Lounge  

Vol.3  :   Meet Japanese Folklore,  August 12th(wed) 20:00 start@Virtual Co-living Lounge 

– Learning through the eyes of the representative photographer of Japan –
*Cooperated by HAGA Library
August 12th(wed) 20:00-22:00(JST) @Virtual Co-living Lounge
*Entrance by donation ,via Remo(see below)

☞Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2571398863123995/
☞Support&Join via Ko-fi Page:
https://ko-fi.com/post/Meet-Japanese-Folklore-Virtual-Co-living-Lounge-V-Z8Z7215SS

☞ One-off Ticket available on Peatix:
https://virtual-coliving-lounge3.peatix.com/




Meet Japanese Cuisine@Virtual Co-living Lounge  

Vol.4  :   Meet Japanese Cuisine,  August 14th(fri) 16:00 start@Virtual Co-living Lounge 

–  Cooking “TAMAGOYAKI” together with Japanese Gramdma –
Japanese Grandma: Ayako Hamaoka
August 14th(fri) 16:00-18:00(JST) @Virtual Co-living Lounge
*Entrance by donation ,via Zoom

☞Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/824505358084723/
☞Support&Join via Ko-fi Page:
https://ko-fi.com/post/Meet-Japanese-Cuisine-Virtual-Co-living-Lounge-vol-B0B7215TT

☞ One-off Ticket available on Peatix:
https://virtual-coliving-lounge4.peatix.com/

Talk Deep from HOME@Virtual Co-living Lounge  

Vol.5  :   Talk Deep from HOME,  August 20th(thu) 20:00 start@Virtual Co-living Lounge 

– Come Closer, I’ll tell you what I forgot –
Guest Creator: An-Laurence Higgins(Canada)
August 20th(thu) 20:00-22:00(JST) @Virtual Co-living Lounge
*Entrance by donation ,via Zoom

☞Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/728327774617373/
☞Support&Join via Ko-fi Page :
https://ko-fi.com/post/Talk-Deep-from-HOME-Virtual-Co-living-Lounge-vol-5-W7W8215UE

☞ One-off Ticket available on Peatix:
https://virtual-coliving-lounge5.peatix.com/

An-Laurence Higgins

An-Laurence is a Montreal-based musician and artist working in multimedia and contemporary/experimental music. Her practice is rooted in collaboration, and she is mostly interested in the relational aspect of art and the creative process. In the last two years, she mixed autoethnography and multimedia creation to find meaning in her experience as a adoptee from China, creating the interactive audio-visual installation Confidences en trois temps in 2018 (Festival MUP 2019, Gallerie Gham & Dafe 2019), and the short docufiction Where Are You From? (2019).
As a musician/guitarist, An-Laurence is active in Canada as a soloist, improviser and chamber musician. A daring performer, she never hesitates to take on challenging pieces including performance art, multimedia and movements. One of her latest project was the feminist and multimedia concert Émergences (f.pl.) (2019 Montreal & Toronto) for which she was the producer, artistic director and co-performer.
https://www.anlaurencehiggins.com/
Insta : @an_laurence_

Meet the Japanese Artist@Virtual Co-living Lounge  

Vol.6  :   Meet Midori Mitamura,  August 24th(mon) 20:00 start@Virtual Co-living Lounge 

August 24th(mon) 20:00-21:00(JST) @Virtual Co-living Lounge
*Entrance by donation ,via Zoom

☞Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/762472364569223/
☞Support&Join via Ko-fi Page:
https://ko-fi.com/post/Meet-the-Japanese-Artist-Virtual-Co-living-Lounge-P5P8215X1

☞ One-off Ticket available on Peatix:
https://virtual-coliving-lounge6.peatix.com/

Midori Mitamura

Nationality: Japan
Birth: 1964 Aichi, Japan

“Dramas which people can venture into”

My installations are structured by diverse presentations using various materials such as photos, images, music, language, and found objects that lost those original functions. Also, they represent “dramas which people can venture into” and reflect their inner stories into my artworks. My critical point of views try to reveal various issues among our societies, human lives and histories in my installations and they depict incomprehensible intertwining of personal consciousness that freely travels back and forth between the boundaries of reality and fiction. Drawn by emotions extracted from people living in foreign countries, people who lived in the past, and the people around me, I mirror the absence of erstwhile memories that are drifting around. Trails of awkward endearing emotions that are close to everyone’s lives beyond any cultural differences and borders just appear there.
*More details from below.
https://www.midorimitamura.com/midorimitamuracv.htm

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