Monday 15 September 2014 at 17:00 (Event Finished)
Fujihata started out in the 1980s working in the fields of computer graphics and animation. Subsequently, in tandem with the dramatic developments achieved in digital technologies, he began pursuing their possibilities in artistic expression, boldly moving into uncharted territory in the world of art. His works, imbued with the special features unique to the newest technologies in interactive art, virtual reality and networking, raised a variety of issues that had never emerged in earlier media of expression, and in the process Fujihata breathed fresh new life into art. In his every endeavor, his stance, to see through to the core essence, always remains constant, however, as he earnestly probes fundamental questions having to do, for example, with human perception and awareness, and why humans communicate. The works and projects that are born from his unique philosophy and playful ideas are highly acclaimed both in Japan and abroad.
Oshita is the director and chief researcher of the Arts and Culture Policy Center of Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting and a board member of the Japan Association for Cultural Economics. He is also a board member of the Japan Association for Cultural Policy Research, a member of the Culture Policy Committee of the Commission for Cultural Affairs of the Agency for Cultural Affairs and a member of the Tokyo Arts and Culture Council. Oshita has served as a special mediator for the Osaka Municipality of Osaka prefecture, councilor for the Okinawa Cultural Activation Creativity Dissemination Project, an advisor for the Shizuoka Municipal Culinary Culture Creative City project and is an auditor for the Association for Corporate Support for the Arts. He is a member of the 100-person committee for the Cultural Information Management and Use project of the Society of Digital Heritage. He is also the initiator of a forum for consideration of the issue of extension of copyright protection period.
Fukui is a lawyer (qualified for practice in Japan and New York State) and a visiting professor in the arts department of Nihon University. He is a graduate of the school of law of Tokyo University in 1991 and holds a master degree in law from the University of Columbia. Currently, he is representative and legal partner of the Kotto Dori Law Office. He is the author of books including Chosakuken to wa Nanika (What Is a Copyright), Chosakuken no Seki (the Century of Copyrights) (from Shueisha Shinsho), Keiyaku no Kyokasho (Textbook of Contracts) (from Bunshun Shinsho), “Net no Jiyu” vs. Chosakuken (Freedom of the Internet vs. Copyrights) (from Kobunsha Shinsho) and others. He is a member of the committee for deliberations of the National Diet Library and that Agency of Cultural Affairs.
In 1996, he joined the Japanese multimedia performance company Dumb Type and participated in "OR", "memorandum" and "Voyage". He has also been active in independent solo projects since 2000. His recent works, characterized by collaborations with sound/visual artists who uniquely combine and synchronize the elements of light and sound, include "Di Que No Ves (Say You Don't See)" (2003), "D.D.D." (2004), "Good Luck" (2008) and "TABLEMIND" (2011).
Since 2008 Kawaguchi has been working on his solo, site-specific performance series "a perfect life".
Kawaguchi has worked in themes related to Butoh: “The Ailing Dance Mistress– based on the texts of Tatsumi Hijikata“ (2012), and “About Kazuo Ohno – Reliving the Butoh Diva’s Masterpieces” (2013).<
Kawaguvhi has participated in a number of collaboration projects including: “true” (2007) and “Node – The Old Man of the Desert” (2013) with Takayuki Fujimoto and Tsuyoshi Shirai; “Tri-K” (2010) with Dick Wong (Hong Kong) and Koichi Imaizumi.
A former Dairakudakan Butoh dancer, Mukai joined Akaji Maro's legendary Butoh troop, Dairakudakan, in 1994. He is also a creator of numerous Butoh works and was a recipient of the Rookie Award from the Dance Critics Society of Japan in 2005. Mukai became independent from Dairakudakan in 2012.
Born in 1972, Otani is a musician and critic. From 1996 to 2002 he edited and wrote for the music magazine Espresso. Since then he has continued to be active as a writer, co-authoring the book Yuutsu to Kanno wo Oshieta Gakko (The School that Taught Depression and Sensory Delight) with Naruyoshi Kikuchi and wrote solely the books Mazushii Ongaku (Impoverished Music) and Sanbun Sekai no Sanman na Sansaku – 20 Seki no Hihyo wo Yomu (A Discursive Walk through the World of Prose – Reading 20th Century Critique). At the same time he has been active as a musician, performing in numerous groups such as sim and mas. He has recorded solo albums including “Kashi Wasurebi Sho” Yori (From “Excerpts of Forgotten Riverside Days”) and Butai no Tame no Ongaku 2 (Music for the Stage 2) released by HEADZ and Jazz Abstractions released by BlackSmoker. He has written music for the movie Ranbo to Taiki (Violence and Waiting) and also the theme song under the name Sotaiseiriron to Yoshio Otani. He performs in a variety of music sessions including performances for theater and contemporary dance.
Born in Togane City, Chiba Pref. in 1971, Kimura is a researcher in the field of aesthetics and a dance critic. He is an associate professor of the Faculty of Integrated Arts and Social Sciences of Japan Women’s University. While specializing in the field of modern aesthetics, Kimura is also active as a critic of performance arts centered on contemporary dance and butoh. He writes reviews in the area physical expression for artscape website. His representative writings include Mirai no Dance wo Kaihatsu suru – Physical Art Theory Nyumon (Media Research, Inc.). He also serves as director of BONUS, launched this July as a platform for dance creation.