Midori Matsui, a Tokyo-based art critic, has extensively published on contemporary Japanese art in many books and exhibition catalogues including Super Rat: Chim↑Pom(Tokyo, Parco. Co. Ltd, 2012); Ice Cream (London: Phaidon, 2007), Little Boy: the Art of Japan’s Exploding Subculture (Japan Society and Yale University Press, 2005). Her books include: Art in the New World (Tokyo: Asahi Press, 2002); The Door into Summer: The Age of Micropop(, for Art Center Mito, Japan, and Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art in 2009.
Tamatsuka Mitsuru was born in Tokyo, Japan. Following his work as Producer for “Dentōgeinō no wakaki shishitachi” (The Young Lions of Traditional Arts), he directed the short film “Firewater” in New York, and worked as movement coach for the hanamichi runway in the Bessie award-winning contemporary dancer’s work, “A Page Out of Order: M,” and continued to act as a conduit for numerous and various international artistic collaborations. Through the collaborative production team Sagi Tama, launched in 2013, as well as his own company Tama Pro, launched in 2016, Tamatsuka continues to develop his practice of combining performance and film.
Born in Japan. After studying in San Francisco, she moved to Thailand, where she founded the band FUTON with Thai and British friends. The band established itself in the independent music scene and enjoyed popularity especially among students in Bangkok. They toured around Vietnam, Shanghai, Malaysia, Singapore, the UK, France and Germany, and in Tokyo, performed with the likes of Naruyoshi Kikuchi, Maki Nomiya, Buffalo Daughter and Cornelius. Avex released a domestic version of their album. Momoko Motion presently lives in Tokyo, where she does mainly solo live performances as a singer-songwriter. Her single “Fake Food/Suppai Budo” was released in 2017. www.momokomotion.com
Born 1971 in Ibaraki. Architect. Graduated from department of Architectural Engineering of the School of Engineering, Osaka University. Principal of Hino Architects since 2002. Works include a viewing room for Gallery Koyanagi, F.I.L., and exhibition space design for the Yokohama Triennale 2014. Publications include Hakunetsu Kogi – Kore kara no Nihon ni toshi keikaku ga hitsuyo desu ka (co-author, Gakugei Shuppansha, 2014), Arata Isozaki Interviews (co-author, LIXIL Publishing, 2014), and Real Urbanism (co-author, Architectura & Natura, 2018). Directed and supervised the ”Struggling Cities” traveling exhibition.
Writer and music critic, born 1989. After completing Atsushi Sasaki’s critic training program Gips, he commenced his activities as a writer in 2013, and has since contributed to publications including ele-king, JazzTokyo, Jazz The New Chapterand Eureka. Essays include “New wave of improvised music – a disk guide for first encounters or initial thoughts” and “Towards the inevitable ’non-being of sound’ – The concrete and real music of Asian Meeting Festival.” Since May 2018, he has been hosting the “Explorations in post-improvisation” event series at M’s in Kokubunji.
Curator, associated professor at the Tokyo University of The Arts. Received her BA in Literature from Keio University, and her MA in Museum Studies from Leicester University. Has been involved in the organization of exhibitions and educational programs as a curator for the MitakaCity Arts Foundation(1994-2002) and Mori Art Museum (2003-2018). Exhibitions she curated include ”Odani Motohiko: Phantom Limb,” “Go-Betweens: The World Seen through Children,” “Dinh Q. Lé: Memory for Tomorrow,” and “Roppongi Crossing 2016: My Body, Your Voice.”