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2015
installation view, Antinori Art Project, Bargino, Itally

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada


2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "When Sky Was Sea", Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver, Canada

2014
installation view, "Flying Me", Kunsthalle Bern, Bern

2014
installation view, "Flying Me", Kunsthalle Bern, Bern

2014
installation view, "Flying Me", Kunsthalle Bern, Bern

2014
installation view, "Flying Me", Kunsthalle Bern, Bern

2012
installation view, "Man should try to avoid contact with alien life forms", CIAP Ile de Vassivère

Fish & Chips
2006/2008
videoinstallazione: neon + film 8mm e miniDV trasferito su DVD
neon: 98 x 228 x 7.5 cm video: 6 min. 45 sec. looped music: Kassin
installation view, "Man should try to avoid contact with alien life forms", CIAP Ile de Vassivère, 2012

Faites Sourire les animaux
2011
installation view, "Man should try to avoid contact with alien life forms", CIAP Ile de Vassivère, 2012

Quelque chose qui flotte / Quelque chose qui coule
2011
legno, resina, acqua, pompe ideauliche, frutta e verdura
9 m x 3 m x 67 cm h
installation view, "Man should try to avoid contact with alien life forms", CIAP Ile de Vassivère, 2012

2012
installation view, "Man should try to avoid contact with alien life forms", CIAP Ile de Vassivère

Il vaut mieux éviter tout contact avec les formes de vie extra-terrestres
2011
scritta in neon e supporto in alluminio
18 m x 33 cm
installation view, "Man should try to avoid contact with alien life forms", CIAP Ile de Vassivère, 2012

Faire quelque chose que tu nʼavais pas prévu
2011
performance + videoinstallazione
installation view, "Man should try to avoid contact with alien life forms", CIAP Ile de Vassivère, 2012

Mon Professor La Tortue
2011
installation view, "Man should try to avoid contact with alien life forms", CIAP Ile de Vassivère, 2012

Onion / Orion
2008
installazione: cipolle + tavola in plexiglass
installation view, "Man should try to avoid contact with alien life forms", CIAP Ile de Vassivère, 2012

Photograph Wearing Rain Boots
2011
installation view, "On the water, CAPC, Bordeaux, 2012

Catching, Cooking, Eating Lamproie
2011
installation view, "On the water, CAPC, Bordeaux, 2012

Asking the Repentistas - Peneira & Sonhador - to remix my octopus works
2006
video installazione - 2 schermi: miniDV trasferiti su DVD colore, sonoro 16’43” collaboration with Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil
installation view, NEANDERTHALIAN NIGHTS (The world is not at home), ZERO..., Milan, 2010

installation view, NEANDERTHALIAN NIGHTS (The world is not at home), ZERO..., Milan, 2010

Apple
2010
C-print
53,5 x 80 cm
installation view, NEANDERTHALIAN NIGHTS (The world is not at home), ZERO..., Milan, 2010

Tangerine
2010
C-print
53,5 x 80 cm
installation view, NEANDERTHALIAN NIGHTS (The world is not at home), ZERO..., Milan, 2010

Elephant Planet
2008
installazione: stampa su tela sul retro di un manifesto preesistente sullʼedificio accanto al museo
installation view, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2008

Something to Float/Something to Sink
2008
installazione: acquari + struttura in ferro + sistema di scorrimento + verdura + testo
h:160 cm, w:90 cm, d:45 cm x 2
installation view, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2008

How do you accept something you don't understand
2006/2008
Videoinstallazione: testo + video
installation view, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2008

1969 Born in Kobe, Japan
lives and works in Okinawa

 

 

education

 

1990 Graduated from Osaka College of Art

1992 Graduated from San Francisco Art Institute

1997 ARCUS Project, Artist-in-residence program, Japan

1998 Ateliers d'artistes de la Ville de Marseille, France

1999 Capacete Project, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2002 Banff Center, Canada

2004 Invited to Berlin by DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, Germany

2005–2006  Guest Professor at Braunschweig School of Art, Germany

selected solo shows

 

2018
Bow to Bow, Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK 

 

2017

Bow to Bow, Barbara Wein, Berlin, Germany

Reborn Art Festival Touhoku Oshika, Miyagi, Japan

Shimabuku, The National Museum of Art, Osaka

 

2016

FOOD-Ecologies of the Everyday: 13th Triennal of Small-Scale Sculpture, Fellback, Germany

Development, Okayama Art Summut 2016, curated by Liam Gillick, Okayama, Japan 

The Snow Monkeys of Texas, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles, USA

Cuban Samba, Nogueras Blanchard, Madrid, Spain

 

2015

Exchange a Mobile Phone for a Stone Tool, Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK

Hong Gah Museum, Thailand

 

2014

When Sky Was Sea, Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Canada

Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland 

Air de Paris, Paris, France

 

2013

Something that Floats / Something that Sinks, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK 

Noto, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

Souvenir from Noto, Open Work, Stockholm, Sweden


2012

ZERO…: abc Berlin, Berlin, Germany  

Leaves Swim, Nogueras Blachard, Barcelona, Spain

 

2011

Overbeck-Preis für Bildende Kunst der GEMEINNUTZIGEN 2011, Overbeck-Gesellschaft-Kunstverein Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany

Faire des chose que tu n'avais pas prévu, Centre International d'Art et du Paysage, île de Vassivière, France

On the water, CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France 

My teacher tortoise, Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK


2010

Kaki and Tomato, Air de Paris, Paris


2009
Kaki and Tomato, Air de Paris, Paris, France

 

2008 

New Works, Watari-Um, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Shimabuku's Fish & Chips, Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona, Spain

The Street, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

Sea, Sky, Language and so on, DAAD galerie, Berlin, Germany

 

2007 

The Story So Far 2, Shugoarts, Tokyo, Japan

Shimabuku's Fish & Chips, Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK

Shimabuku's Fish & Chips, DAAD galerie, Berlin, Germany

 

2005

Catching octopus with self-made ceramic pots, Air de Paris, Paris, France 

From high in the sky to the bottom of the sea, Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona, Spain 

 

2004

Yoyo on the Moon (Film and Video Screening with Kidlat Tahimic) , Maejima Art Center/Yume-R,

Okinawa, Japan

Born as a box, Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK

 

2003

Watching the River Flow, Shugoarts, Tokyo, Japan

Swansea Jack Memorial Dog Swimming Competition, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales 


2002

Frog's Sky, Galerie der Stadt Schwaz,Tirol
Then,I decided to give a tour of Tokyo to the octopus from Akashi, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

Et puis j’ai décidé de faire une visite guidée de Tokyo à la pieuvre d’Akashi , Le Studio, Galerie Yvon, France

Lambert, Paris, France


2001

The Octopus Returns, Kobe Art Village Center / Suma Rikyu Park, Japan

Passing through the rubber band, Air de Paris, Paris, France

 

1999

I’m traveling with 165-metre mermaid, Dazibao, Montreal, Canada

Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere, Air de Paris, Paris, France

 

1998

In Search of Deer, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan

 

1996

Shimabukuro / Shimafukurou, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan 

 

1994

America, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary, Japan

 

1993

KONNICHIWA, Nagoya City Art Museum, Japan



selected group shows

2018
In Tune With the World, Foundation Luis Vuitton, Paris, France
Looking at animals, Turner Contemporary, Kent, UK
Take Off, Maison Rouge, Paris, France

The Echigo, Tsunami Art Triennial, Japan

 

2017
Reborn Art Festival Touhoku Oshika, Miyagi, Japan
Futures, Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre, Lituania

57th Venice Biennale Viva Arte Viva curated by Christine Marcel, Venice, Italy

Offshore: artists explore the sea, Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum

AQUA: Contemporary Artists and Water Issues, Geneva, Switzerland

While I was also listening to David, Eleanor, Mariana, Delia, Genk, Jean, Mark, Pierre, Shima, Simon, Zin and Virginie, La Criée Centre for Contemporary Art, Rennes, France

A Landscape, Wilkinson, London, UK

 

2016

The Animal Mirror, ISCP, New York, USA

Ecce Homo, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

Echo of untouched matter, Lothringer 13, Munich, Germany
FOOD–Ecologies of the Everyday, Triennale Kleinplastik Fellbach

 

2015

Havana Biennial, La Havana, Cuba

The Way Thing Go, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA

 

2014

A History, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

The Water Statues, Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy

The Great Acceleration: Art in the Anthropocene, Taipei Biennial 2014, curated by Nicholas Bourriaud, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
City and Nature, Sapporo International Art Festival 2014, Sapporo, Japan

Manners of Matter, Saltzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria
Underwater Worlds, Museum Kunst der Westküste, Föhr, Germany

2013

Aquatopia, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, UK 

Aquatopia, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK 

Le Pont, Musée d’art contemporain, Marseille, France

Re:emerge, Sharjah Biennal 11, Sharjah, UAE 

how to write 1, Wien Lukatsch, Berlin, Germany 

 

2012

Mount Fuji does not exist, Plateau / Frac Ile-de-France, Paris, France

 

2011

Impossible Community, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia 

Villa Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Our Magic Hour, Yokohama Triennale 2011: International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan

Somewhere Else, Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona, Spain

Convivio, Micro-Onde, Vélizy-Villacoubaly, France

Kaza Ana / Air Hole: Another Conceptualism from Asia, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan


2010 

Neanderthalian Nights (the world is not at home), ZERO…, Milan, Italy 

Arts and Cities, Aichi Triennale 2010, Aichi, Japan

Still Vast Reserves, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia
Extra Ordinary, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK

Eating the Universe. Food in Art, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria
Negotiation- Today's Documents 2010, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

 

2009

The Grand Illusion, National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, Taipei, Taiwan

Mash Up, ARTSPACE, Auckland, New Zealand

Hundred Stories about Love, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

Festival International du Documentaire, galerie des Beaux-Arts, Marseille, France

Eating the Universe - Vom Essen in der Kunst, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Galerie im Taxispalais Innsbruck; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany

Link – Flexible Deviation, Kobe Biennale 2009, Kobe, Japan

Void of Memory, Platform, SAMUSO, Seoul, South Korea


2008 

Laughing in a foreign language, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

Survival Action – Focusing on New Acquisitions, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), Tokyo, Japan

Experimenta FOLKLORE, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany

Between Art and Life, Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneva, Switzerland

The Street, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

Florescendo: Brasil – Japao O seu lugar, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota, Japan

All Our Everydays, Gallery VER, Bangkok, Thailand

 

2007
Beautiful New World: Contemporary Visual Culture from Japan, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, China
Tracks of Okinawan Culture 1872-2007, Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan

Tomorrow, Artsonje Center + Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

Beautiful New World: Contemporary Visual Culture from Japan, Long March Project, Beijing, China

Oriente e trópico, Instituto Cultural Usiminas, Ipatinga, Brazil

How to live together, MAC: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Oriente e trópico, Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

The Door into Summer: The Age of Micropop, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan


2006

From East and West, Shugoarts, Tokyo, Japan

Le Invasione Barbariche, galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy 

I love art 8, Watari-Um,the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan 

ANSTOSS BERLIN, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany

Berlin-Tokyo Tokyo-Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany

International 06, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK

How to live together?, 27th Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil 

Empieza el juego, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain


2005

Counter Photography, Aberstwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales

Circa Berlin, NIKOLAJ-CCAC, Copenhagen, Denmark


2004

Mixmax, Artsonje Center, Seoul, South Korea

Contemporary Art by 4 critics, Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan

A fripon, fripon et demi, Collection Lambert, Avignon, France

Why not live for art?, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Expat-art Centre / EAC, Musée d’art contemporain, Lyon, France (curated by Mathieu Coupeland)

Movimento/Movimenti, Villa Zerbi, Reggio Calabria, Italy

Video Dictionary, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain

Utopia Station, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany


2003

Biennale of Ceramics in Contemporary Art 2nd edition, Riviera Ligure, Italy

U-Topos, Tirana Biennale 2,Tirana, Albania

SPREAD IN PRATO 2, Prato, Italy

Utopia Station, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy 

25 Hrs, International Video Art Show, Barcelona, Spain

Time After Time, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA


2002

C’est pas du cinéma, Le Fresnoy, Studio National, Tourcoing, France

Art in the home, Edinburgh, Scotland

La Part de l’Autre, Carré d’Art, Nîmes, France 

Residence: Banf Center, Canada

Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea

Radiodumb, ZERO…, Milano, Italy

Upstream, Art tour in Amsterdam and Hoorn, The Netherlands 

25 Hrs, International Video Art Show, Barcelona, Spain

Spread in Prato 2, Prato, Italy

Time After Time, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA

Utopia Station, Biennale de Venice, Venice, Italy

The Happy Face of Globalization, Biennale of Ceramics in Contemporary Art, Savona, Italy 

10th Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, Genève, Switzerland

U-Topos, Tirana Biennale 2, Tirana, Albania


2001

Shimabuku Nomura Art Foundation, Encounter, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

The Begining of Things, 6th Kitakyushu Biennale, Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Kita Kyusyu, Japan

Ikiro-be alive, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands

Traveller’s Tale (web Project), Institute of International Visual Arts, London, UK

Mega-Wave, International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan

Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

Moon Rabbit (web project), Dia center for the arts, New York, USA

Rendez-Vous n°3, collection Yvon Lambert, Avignon, France

 

2000

I’m traveling with 165-metre mermaid, Elysian Fields, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

In Search of Deer, Counter-Photography, Moscow Arts Center, Moscow (touring exhibition), Russia

Cucumber Journey, As It Is, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

With Birds at Dawn, Transformer, Raum Aktueller Kunst Martin janda, Vienna, Austria

Do it digital (web site project), Kassel, Germany

Gift of Hope, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan 

Transformer, Raum aktueller Kunst Martin Janda, Vienna, Austria

As it is, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

Elysian Fields, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France


1999

And/Or, Air de Paris at Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria

Road on the Sea, Space, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

I’m traveling with 165-metre mermaid Ivresse, Ateliers d’Artistes de la Ville de Marseille, Marseille, France

Octopus waiting for someone with a dog and a bear, Extra et Ordinaire, Printemps de Cahors,

Cahors, France

With Birds at Dawn, Empty Garden, Watari-Um, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Extra et Ordinaire, Printemps de Cahors, Cahors, France

Ivresse, Ateliers d'Artistes de la Ville de Marseille, Marseille, France

 

1998

I’m traveling with 165-metre mermaid, Everyday, 11th Biennale of Sydney, Australia 

On the Beach in Zurich, La Table , Air de Paris, Paris, France

Donaiyanen!, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, France 

Memorealism, Museum City Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan

 

1996

Southern Hemisphere, The 31st Today’s Artist : Displacement, Yokohama Citizen’s Gallery, Yokohama, Japan

Memory of Future, Public Art of Iwakura City, Aichi, Japan

Dominique, Survival Tool, Sakura City Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan 

Traveling Café, The Stream from the South, Kaseda, Kagoshima, Japan

Traveling Café, Place for Survival, Kurumi Kindergarten, Shizuoka, Japan

 

1995

My Dear Faces, Rolywholyover A Circus by John Cage, Art Tower Mito, Mito, Japan 

Adolescence, From Duhamp to Duchamp, Kita Kanto Museum of Fine Arts, Gunma, Japan



selected projects

 

2006

Séminaire L’anecdote-la voix, l’image, la chute (performance avec Rirkrit Tiravanija), Centre

d’Art Contemporain, Genève 

 

2005

When Sky Was Sea, one-day event the 15.09.05, Ikon gallery 

 

2001

Moon Rabbit, web project, Dia Center for the Arts, New York 

 

1999

Continuing research for ‘Mountains and valleys never meet, but people do’, Netherlands-kyushu 

 

1996

Shimabukuro-Shimafukurou (Hitchhike travel across Japan from the south to the north to see the

big owl named SHIMAFUKUROU)

 

1995

Music Power to Kobe , (live through phone, co-produced with Makoto Nomura), Heslington

Chruch, York, England / Kobe

 

1994

Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere, Suma, Kobe

Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere, Hiroshima Apoc FM radio, Hiroshima

1993

Gorilla, Kanazawa Sunny Land, Kanazawa

 

1992

Souvenir, Iwatayama Monkey Park, Kyoto

 

1991

Octopus Rd. Project (Walking from Koshienhama to Maizuru, carrying an octopus),

Nishinomiya,Hyogo / Maizuru, Kyoto




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