Biography

Aki Nagasaka’s art practice starts from an encounter with a person, object or event in her daily life. By doing in-depth research on the matter that is personally meaningful to her, she tries to find the connections it has to society and history and define the position and meaning it holds in a larger context. At the same time, she takes particular, or sometimes even reckless action, as if she nullifies the knowledge she gained from the research. After going through this contradictory process, she starts to make work, incorporating the elements of fiction and play. She ultimately aims to reach the universality all humans share and the laws of nature through her art practice and she tries to achieve it through actively and flexibly engaging with a unique situation, a particular person, experiences and the thoughts they have accumulated in their life.

Nagasaka’s work uses a wide range of media including sculpture, photograph, video, sound, performance and text.

Chance, communication and misunderstanding, synergy andempathy are important elements in her art making and Nagasaka vigorously works in collaboration with other artists, craftsmen and professionals in other fields.

 

長坂有希の制作活動は、彼女が日常生活のなかで遭遇する人、物、出来事が起点となっている。長坂は、個人的な事柄を深く掘り下げてリサーチすることで、社会や歴史との繫がりをさぐり、大きな流れの中でその事柄の位置や意義を見つけようとする。同時に長坂は、一度見つけだした位置や意義を自ら壊すかのような、独自で、無謀にさえ思える行動をとる。この相反するプロセスを経たあとで、虚構や遊びの要素を取り入れながら、作品を作っていく。これは、特有の時空間で起こっているユニークな状況や、個人が集積してきた経験や思想と主体性と柔軟さを持って向き合うことで、人間のなかに共通してあるものや、自然の摂理と繋がろうとする長坂なりのアプローチである。

長坂は、彫刻、写真、映像、音、パフォーマンス、テキストなど多岐にわたる媒体を通して作品表現をしている。

偶然性、コミュニケーションとそのなかで生じる誤解、協働・共感・共有は、長坂の制作活動において重要な要素であり、多分野の専門家、芸術家、職人などと精力的にコラボレーションを行っている。

Currently
Lives and Works in Osaka, Japan
1980
Born in Osaka, Japan
2005
University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Fine Art
2006
CCA Kitakyushu, Research Program
2012
Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Staedelschule Frankfurt, Meisterschueler
2013
Japanese Cultural Ministry, Abroad Research Fellowship in London, UK

Exhibition

2005
Lounge! - Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, U.S.A
2005
Sprouts - Austin Museum of Art, Austin. U.S.A
2005
Senior Studio Show - Creative Research Laboratory, Austin, U.S.A
2005
once more with feeling - CCA Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu, Japan
2006
Unseen Scene - Art Space Tetra, Hakata, Japan
2006
Open Studio - CCA Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu, Japan
2007
Yellow Labyrinth - Women & their Work, Austin, U.S.A
2008
This is a circle...or? - Clockwork Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2008
Dark Show - Wallis Gallery & Formcontent, London, UK
2008
*project, potentially no one sees it, Part 1 - Bad Honnef, Germany
2008
Sink the boat before it sails - BASIS, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2009
Stupid Generation - Kunst Project, Berlin, Germany
2009
…and the Dark Show returns as a ghost. - Paradise Raw, London, UK
2009
*project, potentially no one sees it, Part 2 - Schloss Zinzow, Zinzow, Germany
2009
MENU - Savoy Cafe, London, UK
2010
*project, potentially no one sees it, Part3 - Bad Homburg, Germany
2010
Deconstruct + Reconstruction - Visual Art Center, Austin, U.S.A
2011
Baby, I lost my handshoes… - Kurant Gallery, Tromso, Norway
2011
When in Rome - Malta Contemporary Art, Valletta, Malta
2011
KINEMASTIK International Short Film Festival - Valletta, Malta
2011
*project, potentially no one sees it, Part 4 - IMMEDIATE TERRITORY, Oxford, UK
2011
Übermorgenkünstler II - Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany
2012
Baby, I lost my handshoes… - Forum da Maia, Maia, Portugal
2012
Zauderberg - MMK Museums für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
2012
Baby, I lost my handshoes… - Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria
2013
Signs Taken in Wonder - MAK Austrian Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria
2013
Signs Taken in Wonder - Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany
2014
Attention Economy - Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
2014
Between Art and Science - Naples, Italy and Burkina Faso
2014
Poltroneria: A Exhibition toward a Film - Museo Apparente, Naples, Italy
2014
Material and Mechanism - ACAC Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori, Japan
2015
Poltroneria: Eating Out - Roberta, Frankfurt, Germany
2016
Domani Plus : Worm Hole Travel - Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan
2017
Enokojima Art Days 2017 : Other Ways - Flag Studio, Mark Studio and Enoco, Osaka, Japan
2017
Quatro Elementos, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Porto, Portugal
2018
INSIDE TÖPFERN, Ratskeller - Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin, Germany
2018
To the Kamuy-Wakka, To the Spring of Eukaryotes, CAI02 Contemporary Art Institute, Sapporo, Japan

Residency

2009
SIM - Icelandic Visual Art Association, Residency
2014
ACAC Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Artist in Residence
2016
Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, Residency
2018
Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, Residency
2018
Tokyo Arts and Space Residency, International Creator Residency Program

Grant

2005
University of Texas at Austin, Undergraduate Research Scholarship
2009
Asahi-Newspaper Cultural Foundation, Art Grant
2009
Japan Foundation, Cultural Exchange Grant
2010-2011
Nomura Foundation, Art Grant
2011
DAAD, Prize for The Outstanding Achievement for A Foreign Student
2012
Japanese Cultural Ministry, Abroad Research Fellowship
2015
Contemporary Art Foundation, Production Grant
2017
Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka, Creative Work Grant

Publication

2006
CCA Research Program, Catalogue
2007
Yellow Labyrinth, Exhibition Booklet
2008-10
*project, potentially no one sees it Part 1, 2, 3, Project Booklets
2011
IMMEDIATE TERRITORY, Exhibition Catalogue
2011
Übermorgenkünstler II, Exhibition Booklet
2012
Zauderberg, Art Book accompanying the exhibition
2012
Monaco Magazine Issue 5&6, Art Magazine by Katie Guggenheim
2013
Signs Taken in Wonder, Exhibition Catalogue
2014
If on a winter's night a traveler, Self-punlished Project Booklet
2014
Project T, T for Taut., Self-punlished Project Booklet
2015
Rivista Apparente 8: POLTRONERIA (Fragments towards a film script), Art Book by Bianca Baldi and Ani Schulze
2015
Material and Mechanism, Exhibition Catalogue
2017
Other Ways, Exhibition Catalogue
2017
Quatro Elementos, Exhibition Catalogue

Workshop / Lecture

2014
Artist Talk, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
2014
Workshop for students in the art class , Aomori Chuo High School, Aomori, Japan
2016
Storytelling Performance, 01_Angus, Flag Studio, Osaka, Japan
2016
Artist Talk, To Listen to the Travel, Mark Studio, Osaka, Japan
2017
Workshop for young artists, Feldstärke International 2017 as a part of Culture City of East Asia 2017, Changsha, China
2018
Artist Talk, Art & Breakfast, Tenjinyama Art Studio, Sapporo, Japan
2018
Artist Talk with Elisa Caldana, Artto World Vol.1: To Unknown Land, Artto, Tokyo, Japan
2018
Artist Talk with Elisa Caldana, Henrik Naumann and Yoshitaka Mouri (Professor at Tokyo University of Arts), Heisei Era Crisis: Aesthetics before and after 1989, Tokyo Arts and Space, Tokyo, Japan
2018
Artist Talk with Junji Yamamoto (Associate Professor at the Hokkaido University Museum) and Satoshi Hata (Director at CAI Contemporary Art Institute), CAI Contemporary Art Institute, Sapporo, Japan
2018
Artist Talk, The journey started from a lion and continued towards a lighthouse, The Northern Alp Museum, Shiretoko-Shari, Japan
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