Norimichi Hirakawa (Artist) [Japan]
Born in 1982, Norimichi Hirakawa’s interest lies in the most primitive of technologies, calculation. His work is focused on installations that use either mathematical processing itself as conducted through computer programming or the results of that processing. In 2016, he began creating the series datum at a residency at The Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU), and datum was shown at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art and at a pre-event of the Sapporo International Art Festival. In 2017, he began creating the latest work in that series through a residency at the ALMA telescope, located at Chile’s highest point of approximately 5000 meters. He has also participated in creating the work of Japanese artists, such as Ryoji Ikeda and Seiko Mikami, and is the artistic director for ARTSAT: Art and Satellite Project.
Ryuichi Sakamoto (Artist, Musician) [Japan/USA]
Born in 1952, Sakamoto made his solo debut in 1978 with the album, Thousand Knives and joined Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) in the same year. He has earned global acclaim as an Academy and Grammy Award winning composer. In addition to installations such as his collaborative work with Shiro Takatani, LIFE – fluid, invisible, inaudible… he has taken a great interest in societal issues. In 2017, he released an original album, async. Ryuichi Sakamato with Shiro Takatani “Installation Music 2 IS YOUR TIME” will be held at the NTT Inter Communication Center (ICC) until March 11, 2018.
Shiro Takatani (Artist) [Japan]
Born in 1963. As a member of the artist group Dumb Type, Takatani has been involved in the creation of all of the group’s performance and visual installation works since 1984. His main solo activities include visual direction for the Ryuichi Sakamoto opera LIFE (1999), participating into the Cape Farewell expeditions to the Arctic (2007), the stage performances Camera Lucida (2008), CHROMA (2012) and ST/LL (2015), and the solo exhibition Camera Lucida at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (2013). Takatani also has collaborated extensively with Fujiko Nakaya, Kichizaemon XV Raku, Moriaki Watanabe, Seigen Ono and Mansai Nomura.
Bani Haykal (Artist) [Singapore]
Born in 1985. Bani Haykal is an artist and musician whose work encompasses several disciplines including installation and performance. His interest lies at the intersection of political economy, music and speculative fiction. Working with a broad range of instruments, his projects revolve around modes of interfacing and interaction. He has presented works at the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre in Aomori (2014), Silverlens in Singapore (2014) and Point Ephemere in Paris (2015). He has also participated in festivals, including “Media/Art Kitchen (2013)”, “Liquid Architecture (2014)” and “RRREC FEST (2014).” He was named one of the President’s Young Talents selected by the Singapore Art Museum in 2015.
Tad Ermitaño (Artist) [Philippines]
Tad Ermitaño studied Zoology at the Hiroshima University, and finished a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of the Philippines. He trained in film and video at the Mowelfund Film Institute and co-founded the pioneering experimental sound/media collective “The Children of Cathode Ray”. He is considered a leading figure in Philippine media art and his films and media installations have been exhibited in various spaces and festivals. Among these include the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, the Singapore International Film Festival, ISEA 2008, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, the Singapore Art Museum (SAM), the National Gallery of Indonesia, the National Visual Arts Gallery of Malaysia, and the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture.
couch (Artist) [Japan]
The artist duo comprised of Hiroki Miyazaki and Reiko Miyazaki. Their work examines the primary and heuristic techniques of craftsmanship. They seek avenues for individuals to influence giant phenomena, such as politics, economics, and history, through art. Exhibitions and residency programs in which they have participated in recent years include, the residency program of “Scopiton Festival 2017 (Stereolux, Nantes, France)”, “Bienenale Némo 2017-18 (Arcadi, Île-de-France)”, and “SeMA Nanji Residency (Seoul, Korea).” In 2017, they won the Institut français du Japon’s Digital Choc Award.
Morton Subotnick (Musician) [USA]
A pioneer in the development of electronic music, Morton Subotnick transforms synthesizers and computers into instruments. His 1967 masterpiece, Silver Apples of the Moon, has been acknowledged as the first modular sound composition in contemporary music history. Created to be played on a home stereo system, this work has become a modern classic and was recently entered into the National Register of Recorded Works at the Library of Congress, an honor bestowed on only 300 recordings in the entire history of recorded music. He is currently engaged in pioneering work to offer creative musical tools to young children and is the author of a series of CD-ROMs for children. His CDs are used in classrooms all over the world.
Alec Empire (Music producer / Atari Teenage Riot) [Germany]
Alec Empire made his name on the music scene in the 1990s with Atari Teenage Riot. The band’s best-known album, Burn Berlin Burn, went gold in the US while simultaneously being blacklisted by German authorities as a “potential threat to society.” As well as being presented with more gold records in the US, Empire has collected numerous awards across various genres of electronic music and his anti-establishment stance has earned him a reputation all over the world. In what may prove one of the most exciting collaborations in electronic music in years, he will at this event join Morton Subotnick in playing Silver Apples of the Moon, an album that inspired Empire when he was still in his teens.
Lillevan (Animation, video and media artist) [Germany]
An animation, video and media artist, Lillevan is known as one of the founding members of the music group Rechenzentrum (1997–2008). His works and performances have been well received at world-famous media art festivals. Besides his own activities, Lillevan has performed and collaborated with many artists from an array of genres, ranging from opera to installation and minimal electronic experimentalism to dance and classical music. Having worked as Morton Subotnick’s stage partner in recent years, at this event he will show the Silver Apples of the Moon 50th anniversary special release video.
tomad (Organizer, DJ, Head of Maltine Records) [Japan]
Launching the online record label Maltine Records in 2005 when he was just 15 years old, tomad has 150 releases to his name. Maltine Records has been featured widely in the press, and has established a leading presence in the new dance and pop music scene in Tokyo. The label has recently held events in China and New York, and released songs by many overseas artists. To mark its 10th anniversary in 2015, the label published Maltine Book, which documents its activities over the decade. Today, tomad continues to work widely, collaborating with apparel brands and music idols as well as contributing to music remixes.
KimoKal (Musical duo) [Indonesia]
KimoKal is the recording name of the duo Kimo Rizky and Kallula Harsynta Esterlita, who have been major artists on the Double Deel Music label based in Jakarta since 2014. Transcending all notions of genre, they selectively extract inspiration from Indonesia’s local music scene, drawing on psychedelic, nu-wave, dub, electronic, nu-disco, ballads, and pop to create a new style of collage electronic music that boldly steps out of the spirit of Indonesia’s musical tradition. Kimo’s influences are the heights of the 1960s and ‘70s era, whilst Kallula’s music and vocal background is rooted in pop and ballads with a side of shoegaze. Their self-possessed melodies and nonchalant lyrics have been described as “vivid electronic pop.”
Meishi Smile (Musician, Head of Zoom Lens) [USA]
Based in Los Angeles, Meishi Smile is an American music artist of mixed Chinese and Japanese heritage. Under the name Meishi Smile, they have released electronic music since 2010. Influenced by both Japanese pop music and experimental music, their wide-ranging sound encompasses everything from at times abrasive noise music to emotional pop. As the head of Zoom Lens, a record label with many experimental American and Asian artists on its roster, they travel the global uncovering new talent. They are also involved with events supporting Japanese pop culture and music. They made their debut in Japan with their second album, ...Belong, in 2015.
tofubeats (Track maker, DJ) [Japan]
Born in 1990, tofubeats is based in Kobe and has been working with online platforms since his student days. In 2013, he released a self-produced album, lost decade, which contained the smash hit Suisei feat. Onomatope Daijin, and subsequently made his professional debut in the same year with Don’t Stop The Music. He has created tracks featuring guest performers, such as Chisato Moritaka, Takashi Fujii, and DreamAmi, and, subsequently, released two further albums: First Album (2014) and POSITIVE (2015). In 2017, he released the new tracks SHOPPINGMALL and BABY in succession and also released the album FANTASY CLUB. As a remixer, he has worked with SMAP, Ken Hirai, and Crystal Kay, and he has also worked as a sound producer for Yuzu. His wide-ranging activities in the music industry extend to creating background music, TV commercial music, and the like for clients as well as writing magazine columns.
Similarobjects (Sound artist and DJ / Head of Buwan Buwan Collective) [Philippines]
Blending spirituality, esotericism, technology, video games and art, Similarobjects’s work is greatly inspired by polystylism, or the use of different techniques from multiple genres. He is one of the founding members of the Buwan Buwan Collective, an electronic artist community, production and record label focused on cultivating the Philippine beat scene and its intersections. Similarobjects teaches the AB-Music Production Program at De La Salle—College of Saint Benilde and has also founded his own Electronic Music School called Cosmic Sonic Arts, where he fosters a spiritual, meditative and introspective approach to creating music.
Jacques (Musician) [France]
Jacque + Jacque = Jacques is an equation that well expresses the protean personality of this artist. The co-founder of the collective Pain Surprises and of an independent music label, he is also the organizer of Parisian squats that host concerts where he unveils electronic music composed of sounds from nature and everyday objects. Attempting to produce different sessions each time, he invites his audience to bring personal objects with which to make a lively clamor, from which he improvises by recording and playing back these sounds. Each concert is thus both unique and experimental. He also sometimes invites his audience to wear headphones in order to focus on his music and encourages them participate in his live performances.
Ryan Hemsworth（Music Producer, DJ）[Canada]
With a production range spanning the spectrum of hip hop, R&B, dance,and even indie rock, Canadian artist Ryan Hemsworth has landed himself, in the eye of today’s musical storm, navigating smoothly across genres and making it all fit in his inclusive imaginative world. Over the last five years, He has established himself as a versatile figure in music. More recently he has been centering his skills in the world of hip-hop - a truly global effort working with artists that hail from Atlanta, Toronto, Nigeria, London, the Bay Area, and everywhere in between. He has collaborated with many Japanese artists as well and is heavily inspired by the modern music scene of Japan.
Young Juvenile Youth (Electronic Music unit) [Japan]
Since 2012, Yuki’s vocals, a matte and glossy mixture, accompany the beauty of JEMAPUR’s aggressive and precise track mixing, creating their unconventional pop music. Their debut singles, Anti Everything and More For Me, More For You were released in 2013. In 2015, they were selected for the iTunes New Artist Spotlight from among the world’s newcomer artists. The mini-album they released that same year, Animation held the top spot on iTunes Electronic Music chart for seven weeks running. Their music video created by the videographer, Kosai Sekine, drew a great deal of attention from overseas media outlets. In 2017, their first full album mirror was released.
huez (Spacial Design unit, VJ unit) [Japan]
Based on the concept of transforming frames, huez began their activities in 2011. They work in special lighting, such as lasers and LEDs, as well as VJing, video, and stage decoration. Their members’ specialties cover a diverse range of genre including art directors, system engineers, choreographers, and designers. They perform at exhibitions and live events of various scales by directing music videos and promotional videos. The spaces are manipulated through the use of special lighting and their own uniquely developed programs.
Kiyoshi Suganuma (Educator at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]) [Japan]
Born in 1982. After completing his degree at the Kyoto University of Art & Design, Kiyoshi Suganuma entered the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Science (IAMAS). As well as conducting research into media facades, which incorporate video and interactivity into building exteriors, he has also worked at an architectural firm, where he was involved in designing office interiors and exhibition sites. In 2009, he started his career at the YCAM, where he has been organizing entire education programs and planning research/development projects aimed at making practical use of regional resources, including planning workshops and facilitation and creating the Korogaru Koen Park project. He is interested in ways of initiating bottom-up communities.
Daichi Yamaoka (Educator at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]) [Japan]
Born in 1987, Yamaoka attended the Teachers College Education Department at Yamaguchi University, where he earned a First Class Teacher Certificate for elementary school and Second Class Teacher Certificate (technology) for junior high school. He started work at the YCAM in April 2014. While also serving as a workshop facilitator, his main activity at the YCAM is organizing the Korogaru Koen Park project. He also has a hand in all of the Center’s education and public programs. In addition, he is involved in the management of alternative space Maemachi Art Center (MAC) in Yamaguchi City, where he develops programs aimed at bringing workshops to a wider audience through video.
BioClub (Open bio lab and community platform) [Japan]
BioClub is a platform for practicing and discussing the potential implications of biotechnology. It was launched in 2016 by Georg Tremmel, Shiho Fukuhara and Loftwork Inc. As well as holding regular events such as talks and workshops, it provides visitors with opportunities to interact with biology and biotechnology. It has also established an experimentation and research bio lab that meets the biosafety standards level of P1, allowing it to engage in genetic recombination projects. It arranges workshops inviting specialists from a wide range of fields as well as exhibits genetic recombination artworks by bio artists.
Andreas Siagian (Artist, Engineer / Lifepatch) [Indonesia]
Andreas Siagian is an artist-engineer living and working in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It was during his college years in civil engineering Atma Jaya Yogyakarta that he independently studied computer science, which sparked his interest in interdisciplinary practices. A dedicated autodidact, his practice soon evolved over time to encompass audiovisual creative programming, DIY electronics, sound sculpture, installations and instrument building. Desiring to affect real impact, he often engages in activities on the creative communities, alternative education, DIY/DIWO culture and interdisciplinary collaboration since 2004. These engagements include working with community-based initiatives to create a wide variety of installations, workshops, and to organise events and festivals in Indonesia. His collaborative activities with local creative communities led him to be the co-founders of Lifepatch, a citizen initiative in the arts, science and technology and in Hackteria network, he was the co-director of HackteriaLab 2014 in Yogyakarta.
Georg Tremmel (Artist / BCL) [Austria, Japan]
Georg Tremmel has a background in Biology, Informatics, and Media Art, and has been working on the intersections of art and biology since 2001, intertwining biological, cultural, ethical, and societal codes, and creating objects, installations, and situations for contestable discussions. With Shiho Fukuhara, he founded BCL, an Artistic Research Framework for critically exploring Art & Biotech that aims to explore the relations, congruences, and differences of biological and cultural codes through artistic interventions, social hacking, and basic research. Tremmel is also a researcher in the Laboratory for DNA Information Analysis at the University of Tokyo and a Visiting Researcher at the metaPhorest Art/Science Group at Waseda University. Lives in Tokyo, Japan.
Chiaki Ishizuka (Artist/Loftwork) [Japan]
Chiaki Ishizuka is a graduate of the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS) at Tama Art University in Tokyo. As a director of BioClub, she runs a space for open debate and experimentation that explores possibilities in the bio field. As an artist, she has continued to create and show work that is focused on the interaction and border between life and humans. The main exhibitions she has exhibited at include “human/nature – between the natural and the artificial” (Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Fukuoka, 2015); “EEC / ECO EXPANDED CITY” (Poland, 2016); and “IAMAS20 CALCULATED IMAGINATION” (Laforet Museum Harajuku, Tokyo, 2017).
Ionat Zurr (Artist, Researcher / SymbioticA,University of Western Australia) [Australia]
Born in London, UK and lives in Perth, Australia.Ionat Zurr developed the biological arts initiative, the Tissue Culture and Art Project since 1996 together with Oron Catts. She is considered a leader in the growing field of Biological Art, both as a practitioner and a theoretician. Her research was instrumental to the development of SymbioticA in 2000, an artistic research centre housed within the School of Human Sciences , The University of Western Australia. Her main interests concerned with our shifting perceptions of life and the evolving relationships we have with the different gradients of life through the use of biotechnology. Zurr runs the academic program in SymbioticA and is a faculty in the School of Design at the University of Western Australia. She is also a Visiting Professor, Aalto University, Biofilia, School of Art, Design and Architecture 2015-2020.
Günter Seyfried (Artist / pavillon_35, New Design University (St. Pölten), University of Applied Arts Vienna)[Austria]
Lives and works in Vienna, Austria. He has a background in medicine and psychology, which he studied at the University of Vienna, and has strong links to the fine arts, digital art, and media art, having graduated from the Department of Digital Art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He is teaching at the Department of Manual and Material Culture of the New Design University in St. Pölten, Austria, and also at the Department of Media Theory at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Seyfried combines science and art education and develops projects as an independent artist, participating in national and international exhibitions and publication projects. He is a founding member of Pavillon 35—Gesellschaft für wissenschaftsbasierte Kunst [Pavillion 35—Society for Science-based Art].
Tomoki Yamauchi is carrying out research about the way of thinking and practicing contemporary European gardens and landscape architecture through the analysis of Gilles Clément's theories. His main projects include, Deer and Children Garden (Otsu, 2013–14), Eight Herbs Garden (Kyoto, 2012–16), and Micro Landscape in Movement (Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions, 2016). Yamauchi translated Clément's Le jardin en mouvement into Japanese as Ugoiteiru niwa (Misuzu Shobo, 2015).
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Joe Davis (Artist, Philosopher) [USA]
Joe Davis is an artist working in the fields of molecular biology, bioinformatics, space art and sculpture, and also explores the area of biotechnology. In 1988, Joe created Microvenus, the world’s first genetically engineered artwork. His Bacterial Radio Project won the Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica in 2012. Other important works include Mouse Ear and RuBisCo Stars. He has worked for the MIT Center for Visual Studies and in the laboratory of Alexander Rich, who also worked at MIT. He currently holds the unique position of Artist Scientist at the George Church Lab at Harvard Medical School.
Other artists information will be announced at a later date.