Born 1966 in Fukui prefecture. Freelance editor and writer, formerly worked as an editor for the monthly magazine Kokoku Hihyo (Madra Publishing). Next to authoring the book David Bowie and Japan When I Met You 1947-2016 (DU Books), he was involved as an editor in a number of publications including 40 ymo by Kenji Miura (Kadokawa). At present he regularly writes for JBpress autograph (“Ongaku enso” https://autograph.ismedia.jp) and GQ Japan (“Kyoju dosei” https://www.gqjapan.jp).
Hiroki Yamamoto, born in Chiba in 1986, is Lecturer at Kanazawa College of Art in Japan. Yamamoto graduated in Social Science at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo in 2010 and completed his MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts (UAL), London in 2013. In 2018, he received a PhD from the University of the Arts London. From 2013 until 2018, he worked at Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) as a postgraduate research fellow. After working at Asia Culture Center (ACC) in Gwangju, South Korea as a research fellow and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the School of Design as a postdoctoral fellow, he was Assistant Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts until 2020. His publications include The History of Contemporary Art: Euro-America, Japan, and Transnational (Chuo Koron Sha, 2019), Media and Culture in Transnational Asia: Convergences and Divergences (Rutgers University Press, 2020), and Thinking about Racism (Kyowakoku, 2021).
Curator/ CEO NYAW inc./ Co-president of Tokyo Art Acceleration.
After working as a curator at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa and Contemporary Art Centre, Art Tower Mito, he became the director of ANB Tokyo and established NYAW Inc. Major exhibitions include ‘Hello World-for the Post-Human Age’ and ‘Resistance of Fog|Fujiko Nakaya’ (Art Tower Mito) and ‘The world began without the human race and it will end without it.’ (National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts). In addition to planning and consulting on culture/art-related projects such as the art festival ‘Meet Your Art Festival “NEW SOIL”‘ organised by avex, Music Loves Art in Summer Sonic and the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ Cultural Economy Strategy Promotion Project, he also supervises art programmes and features in magazines and on TV. He is also a writer, lecturer, jury member, etc. He was a 2015 overseas trainee for curators from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and a part-time lecturer at Waseda University and Tokyo Polytechnic University.
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Music critic, writes about music and the culture surrounding it for publications including iD-Japan, Eureka, OTOTOY, Mikiki, ele-king, The Sign Magazine, and Jazz The New Chapter. His younger brother is New Japan Pro-Wrestling wrestler Tetsuhiro Yagi.
Nobutaka Yamaoka made his feature-length directorial debut with “Pickled Punk” in 1993. He has continued working in an experimental style ever since, and his films have screened at numerous festivals including the Berlin Film Festival. He is also involved in the field of science, exploring topics such as the effects of vision on the psyche and the development of various devices. A retrospective of his features was presented at the 2013 Independent Filmmakers Showcase in Los Angeles. His first documentary, “Children who won’t die, Arakawa,” premiered in 2010. “Hooked on the Jomon” and new release “Sentimental” both won Lumiere Japan Excellence Awards. Yamaoka’s latest work is the two-part “Arts for no future!”
Author, Director. Considered as an opinion leader for Japanese young women. Pieces written by her are regular columns in monthly magazines. Her unique point of view across wide popular culture from clubs, movies, music, food, city and fashion has a huge following in japan. Her production work includes theatrical concerts of ex-pizzicato five lead singer Maki Nomiya since 2007. She is also famous for her sushi performance ”Bijin Sushi” (good looking girl sushi) since 2004. Her motto is to go and see and experience the scene with her own eyes & body. She has a broad network of close associates including Ryuichi Sakamoto, has started a monthly column with her on his website ‘commons’ Shunji Iwai (Film Director) for Whom she was responsible for communication & publishing production, Tizuko Ueno (professor at Tokyo University), Towa Tei (musician) Keita Maruyama (Fashon Designer), Yutaka Sone (artist) Marti Guixe (Designer), gelltin (artist), Jeff Mills (DJ), Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Game Producer) to name new a few. She is currently lecture at Nippon Daigaku School Of Art and Literature. Managing director of HOU71. http://yuyamareiko.typepad.jp/
Nose Yoko was born in Okayama Prefecture and currently works primarily in Aichi Prefecture. She is a curator at Toyota Municipal Museum of Art since 1997. Exhibitions she has curated to date include Feature Exhibition: Kodai Nakahara (2001); Yutaka Sone: Double River Island(2002); Florescendo: Brasil-Japão O seu lugar (2008); Twist and Shout: Contemporary Art from Japan (Bangkok Art and Culture Center, 2009. Organized by the Japan Foundation), Junya Ishigami: Another Scale of Architecture (2010); Antigravity (2013); Hiroshi Sugito: Particles and Release (2016); Building Romance (2018); Aichi Triennale 2019(Nagoya, Toyota); and Ho Tzu Nyen Night March of Hundred Monsters (2021-2022).
Editor, born 1980 in Hokkaido. Worked as an editor for Shotenkenchiku and Pen, before starting to work freelance in 2017. Has been in charge of editing and writing articles mainly on architecture, design, art, for magazines including Pen, Casa BRUTUS, ELLE DÉCOR JAPON, Harper’s BAZAAR, and madame FIGARO japon. Is also involved in the planning of exhibitions, the creation of exhibition catalogues, and the production/organization of corporate exhibitions and catalogues.