Erika Kobayashi (writer and comics artist) Erika Kobayashi (1978–) is a writer, comics artist and artist currently based in Tokyo. From 2008 to 2009 she was invited to New York as an Asian Cultural Council Fellow. Kobayashi has authored the novel “Madame Curie to choshoku wo” (Breakfast with Madame Curie, 2014), which was nominated for Japan’s most prestigious literary awards, the Mishima Yukio Prize and the Akutagawa Prize in 2014. Other works by Kobayashi include the manga/graphic novel “Hikari no kodomo 1,2LUMINOUS” (Children of Light: Luminous, 2013, 2016), which traces the history of the atom and of radiation.
Worked as Curator, Art Critic and Yoga Instructor and now working for some government institutions as an interpreter and a translator. My favorite motto is “The higher the hurdle, easy to pass through”.
Curator. Lives in Tokyo. Recent curated exhibitions and projects includes amongst others: Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda（statements, Tokyo, 2017）, Troedsson Villa Mountain School 2016（statements, Tokyo, 2016, Original concept by Tam Ochiai & Anne Eastman）, Futoshi Miyagi: American Boyfriend（2013～）. In addition, he has curated and published artists’ books and zines as independent publisher includes: Yasuto Masumoto, Ryoko Aoki, Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda, Nobutaka Aozaki and Shimon Minamikawa.
(Musician/Violinist) Yuji Katsui, an electric violinist, plays with a number of music groups such as “ROVO”, ”KOMA”, “TWIN TAIL”, “DRAMATICS”, “Yuji Katsui × U-zhaan”, and continues to explore the possibilities of expression with the electric violin.
Born in 1963, Kunisaki is a director at Rittor Music Inc. He has also been editor-in-chief of Sound & Recording Magazine, a specialist magazine for sound creators, for 20 years, and has written a diverse range of articles, including field reports by interviewing musicians and engineers, as well as pieces on how to use musical equipment. Since 2010, he has organized Premium Studio Live, a live recording event, and operates a label for sharing these event recordings in a high-res format. Kunisaki has also been an active producer in recent years, and created a VR-compatible music video for the all-female synth quartet Hello, Wendy!
Benrido, Overseas Division Director
Taka Kawachi has extensive international experience, having graduated from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco, to then working in New York City as a book editor and curator for 15 years. Returning to Japan in 2011, and Kawachi published his first book Art no Iriguchi (Entrance to the Arts, on American Art) followed by his second publication on European Art released in 2016. His publications illustrate his experiences of art and photography and offers readers an opportunity to engage with the history and subjects of both regions from his unique point of view. He is currenlty the Director of the Overseas Division of Kyoto’s Benrido, working to disseminate the classic and rare photographic process of Collotype.
Music writer, radio DJ and university lecturer. Studied composing and musicology at Tokyo College of Music, and is currently involved particularly with classical music, contemporary music, jazz, and film music. He writes for a wide range of publications, including Intoxicate, Latina, Record Geijutsu, Bravo, and Kyoiku Ongaku, and has contributed to Jazz The New Chapter 5, given lectures at the New Japan Philharmonic’s regular Ruby concerts, written music commentary for major orchestras in Tokyo, and has a weekly 4-hour live show on the Ottava internet radio station.
Photo: Taira Tairadate
Graduated from Keio University, specialized in French literature. Critic of art and music, painter, graphic designer & art consultant. One of the members of ULYSSES. He is the author of “In Case Of Suzanne Lafont ” (1999), and supervised “T.Rex File” (2005), “Friction The Book” (2007), “Acid Folk” (2008) and many other books. He was currently assisting to re-publish Andy Warhol / Gerard Malanga’s “Screen Tests / A Diary” and writing a long study on “Screen Tests”.
Researcher in the field of dance. Her main area of investigation is contemporary dance since the 2000s. Continuously engages also in research focusing on the organization and application of dance archives. Studied in France on a scholarship from the French government in 2015-2016, and received her master’s degree (science of art) from the Université Paris VIII. Has been involved in the productionof numerous dance performances and festivals, including Mikiko Kawamura’s performance of ”La fleur éclôten enfer” in Paris. Member of the jury in “Dance-Ga-Mitai! Newcomer Series Vol.16.” Is presently enrolled in a doctoral course at Waseda University, Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (DC1).