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               Wataru Koyama / Artist

               My work is based on the theme of the nature of the human body and mind as they emerge in the space between the                relationship between society and the individual, and centers on video works that include interviews, narratives, and                words.

               The basis of my work is my experience of spending three years as a "social recluse," which is a serious social problem                in Japan, and I did not receive a full secondary education, which is compulsory in Japan. During that period, I felt as if                I was a "ghost" floating in the air, unable to connect with society and unable to fit in.
               Even after I got out of my "social recluse" period, I was still unable to understand what people were thinking, so I                actively engaged with others and tried to think in a way that I did not understand.
               For me, these experiences encouraged observation and imagination about the state of the body and mind, and led                me to think about the relationship between society and the individual, and about the process of dialogue.

               My post-graduation experience working in a mental health facility has also deepened my interest in                psychopathology and the history of mental illness, which I have continued to explore in my recent work.

Because of this background, I have a consistent interest in the human mind, particularly through my interest in the human being itself. I also believe that mental illness is difficult to understand because it is an invisible disease, and therefore it is a strong challenge to imagine it. I am neither a healer, nor a party to the disease, nor a family member of the patient. However, because I am an artist, I am always searching for ways to connect to society as a mediator and to explore the very foundations of humanity.

 

CV​

WATARU KOYAMA

 1992 Born in Tokyo

 2016 BFA, Tokyo Zokei University 

 

Solo Exhibitions

 2021 "The Heart is Beating"  (Decameron, Tokyo)

 2019 "Untouchable"  (Kitasenjyu BUoY, Tokyo)

 2013 “You can see things, You can’t see things”   (haunted place of Hachioji, Tokyo) 

Exhibitions

 2022 "WVlog:personal"(Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo)

 2022 "Sumikko CRASH☆"(MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo)

 2021 "ALTERNATIVE KYOTO"  (Yagi etc, Kyoto) 

 2020 "1GB"  (SPIRAL, Tokyo)

 2020 "EDITION BOX -VIDEO WORKS as MATERIAL-"  (HIGURE 17-15 cas, Tokyo)

 2019 "Display of works #2 -VIDEO EDITION BOX-"  (Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo) 

 2018 "Display of works #1 (SUPER OPEN STUDIO 2018)"  (Studio Aihara, Tokyo)

 2018 "Escape"  (Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo)

 2017 “Ongoing Festival  Art Fair Ongoing”  (Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo)

 2016 “SUPER OPEN STUDIO 2016”  (Studio Aihara, Tokyo)

 2016 “ZOKEI Exhibition”  (Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo)

 2015 “Studio Exhibition 2015 summer "  (Studio Satoshi Ohno, Yamanashi)

 

Performance 

 2019 "Circus, festival"  (blan Class, Kanagawa)

 2019 "Phantasma"  (blan Class, Kanagawa)

 2018 "Regional consideration to travel - Summer version inspired by Akita"  (Gojome Town, Akita)

 2018 "Spectacular inter-forest school"  Theater Commons Lab,  (SHIBAURA HOUSE, Tokyo)

 

Screening

 2019 "RAM PRACTICE -Thoughts on Post Documentary"  (Shibuya EURO LIVE, Tokyo)

 

Exhibitions Planning

 2020 "EDITION BOX -VIDEO WORKS as MATERIAL-"  (HIGURE 17-15 cas, Tokyo)

 2019 "Display of works #2 -VIDEO EDITION BOX-"  (Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo) 

 2018 "Display of works #1 (SUPER OPEN STUDIO 2018)"  (Studio Aihara, Tokyo)

 

Artist in residence

 2020 "Kyoto: Re-Search in Nantan"  (Nantan City, Kyoto)

 

Fellowship

 2021-2023 "Mitsubishi Corporation ART GATE Program  2021 - 2022 / Category: Breakthrough"

Participation

 2018 "geidai RAM2"  2018 Trainee,  (Tokyo etc) 

 2018 "Regional consideration to travel - Summer version inspired by Akita"  (Akita etc)

 2018 "Spectacular inter-forest school"  Theater Commons Lab,  (SHIBAURA HOUSE, Tokyo)

小山 渉

 1992 東京都生まれ

 2016 東京造形大学 造形学部 美術学科 絵画専攻卒業

 

 個展

 2021 "心臓が動いている The Heart is Beating"  デカメロン | 東京 

 2019 "Untouchable"  北千住BUoY|東京

 2013 "みえるひとにはみえる、みえないひとにはみえない"  八王子某廃墟|東京

 

 グループ展

 2022 "WVlog:personal"  Art Center Ongoing|東京

 2022 "すみっこCRASH☆"  無人島プロダクション | 東京

 2021 "ALTERNATIVE KYOTO”(−もうひとつの京都− 想像力という〈資本〉/ 南丹エリア「南譚 介在する因子」)  JR八木駅各所 | 京都

 2020 "1GB"  スパイラル | 東京

 2020 "EDITION BOX -VIDEO WORKS as MATERIAL-"  HIGURE 17-15 cas | 東京

 2019 "作品を「飾る」#2 -VIDEO EDITION BOX -"  Art Center Ongoing|東京

 2018 "作品を「飾る」#1 (SUPER OPEN STUDIO 2018)"  相原スタジオ|東京

 2018 "Escape"  Art Center Ongoing|東京

 2017 "Ongoing Festival  Art Fair Ongoing"  Art Center Ongoing|東京

 2016 "SUPER OPEN STUDIO 2016"  相原スタジオ|東京

 2016 "ZOKEI展 (卒業制作展)"  東京造形大学|東京

 2015 "Studio Exhibition 2015 summer"  大野智史スタジオ|山梨

 

 パフォーマンス 

 2019 "さっくさく|サーカス、フェス" (SakSak)  blan Class | 神奈川

 2019 "Phantasma / みえてくるもの" (SakSak #14)  blan Class | 神奈川

 2018 "旅する地域考 -秋田で着想する夏編"  五城目町 | 秋田

 2018 "スペクタクルの林間学校" (シアターコモンズ・ラボ / 冬季集中ラボ)  SHIBAURA HOUSE|東京 

  

 上映

 2019 "RAM PRACTICE -ポストドキュメンタリーをめぐって"  渋谷ユーロライブ | 東京

  

 展示企画

 2020 "EDITION BOX -VIDEO WORKS as MATERIAL-"  HIGURE 17-15 cas | 東京

 2019 "作品を「飾る」#2 -VIDEO EDITION BOX -"  Art Center Ongoing|東京

 2018 "作品を「飾る」#1 (SUPER OPEN STUDIO 2018)"  相原スタジオ|東京

 

 アーティストインレジデンス

 2020 "京都:Re-Search 2020 in 南丹"  京都府南丹市 | 京都

 

 採択

 2021-2023 "三菱商事アート・ゲート・プログラム2021-2022 / 部門:ブレイクスルー"

 参加

 2018 "geidai RAM2" (2018年度研修生)  東京など

 2018 "旅する地域考 -秋田で着想する夏編"  秋田各地

 2018 "スペクタクルの林間学校" (シアターコモンズ・ラボ / 冬季集中ラボ)  SHIBAURA HOUSE|東京