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This work has been inspired by my homesickness for all Japanese things, after living out of Japan for so long.
In “Japanese room” collection, I have included all the emotions I got from sitting in my parent's Japanese room- the cold touch of the straw floor (Tatami), Ikebana, hanging scrolls, the beautiful flowers planted in the garden in front of this room. I used to celebrate many traditional events wearing Kimono in this room.

Hanging scrolls are a very important part of Japanese culture- I have chosen this medium as a vehicle to convey an echo of the traditional Japanese decoration with a language more familiar to Western audiences. Pokkuri is a tall geta. Geta is Japanese footwear like flip-flops. To this end, I have used a print on shiny canvas, creating an effect akin to oil painting and an illusion of volume in the part of geta combined with antique OBI , belt for Kimono.
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Work ID:  CON-165088
Name: Fumi Furuta
Title: Pokkuri from Japanese Room collection
Size: 144 x 61 cm
Media: A print on shiny canvas combined with antique kimomno belt
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Name: Sala Watanabe 
Title: ONE DAY
Size: 250x400x200
Media: Mixed Media with Glass, Wood, 
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コンセプチュアルな作品として、「日本社会」をテーマにいたしました。日本では、周囲に合わせ、決して和を乱さないことが求められます。これは、同系色で並べられた正方形によって表現されております。しかしながら、いくら協調性が求められているとはいえ、そこにどうしても合わない人は珍しくないでしょう。そういった方々は我慢を強いられます。もしくはそれを表に出してしまったために、空気が読めない、和を乱す存在として社会から排除されてしまうのです。これを、同系色の正方形の中に違う系統の色の正方形が混じっていることで表現いたしました。その正方形たちは、同系色の間には入れず、浮いた存在となっています。そしてその中で、周囲と違うことの生きづらさを痛感しているのです。
Work ID:  CON-165091
Name: Ai Takahashi
Title: There Will Be Some Place for You
Size: 40 x 40 cm
Media: Canvases
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My work often deals with pain and tries to provide a visual image and shape to an ineffable experience which one day might impacts us all. 
This search also helped me to give form to my feelings about political issues such as war or my concern about environmental issues like climate change, acid rain and global warming.
My recent work deals with the effects of climate change and the possible ultimate destiny of Earth. I paint visionary landscapes of the time when apocalyptic events have happened, when our planet is due for a re-birth
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Work ID:  CON-165095
Name: Gerlinde Behr-Johansen
Title: Wake up – The last ones standing
Size: Base: 65x50cm, Sculpture: 37x37x30 cm
Media: Flash glass
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I explore the relationships between spirt and matter.
I constantly question both the physical body that inhcits the third dimension, and the spirit that is aware of space. These interests led me to explore the interrelatedness of time, light, and space.​
Work ID:  CON-165098
Name: AYA KIJI
Title: reflection 2
Size: 66  x 51 x 16 cm
Media: Mixed media
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作品名:「物質の解放」
コンセプト:ギャラリーの空間に物質が滴下し、時間を定着させる。
物質が絵画として自立する過程を可視化する。
展示方法:天井から一点で作品を吊り下げ(約3Kg)、床にS50号サイズのカンヴァスを置く。
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Work ID:  CON-165104
Name: Chikako Hosoma
Title: 物質の解放
Size: 200~300 x 120 x 120 cm
Media: Installation
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It’ s hard to connect Tokyo and Buenos Aires, because they’ re such two different cultures.
After 10 years of living in Japan and 1 year in Argentina, the beauty of Argentina is liberating my restrain from Japan.
If you think Tokyo is a city of black and white and deeply isolationist, Buenos Aires is more likely to be dark blue and dark red, with a messy, realistic sense of life.

So I decided to mix the photo of Tokyo and Buenos Aires together, they’ re so different, but somehow, I feel that they’ re telling the same story. It’ s a series not just about Japan and Argentina, is about how the two culture struggled, fighted and came to a harmony inside me. I used to be an otherworldly bird, flying in the skies of Tokyo, now I’ m an ant scurrying around in Argentina.
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Work ID:  CON-165108
Name: Ko Mumu
Title: Tokyo's Bird, Buenos Aires's ant
Size: 48.77 x 27.43 cm
Media: Digital Photo
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This is the centrifuge training machine for 1/3 scale dolls. The purpose of this machine produced is facilitating to change our viewpoints.
In space-flight mission, astronauts have to withstand various gravities. For example, they are launch, spin, acceleration and all that.This machine can conduct a centrifuge training for your doll. Additionally, you can observe and record look of your doll in the middle of training by GoPro that is set at below.​
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Work ID:  CON-165112
Name: Hiroyuki Shibusawa
Title: The Centrifuge Training Machine For Dolls
Size: 63 x 60 x 40 cm
Media: Motor, microcontroller, LEDs, plastic, wood, etc
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発明当初の電話の要素はほとんどなくなって、もはや現代の電話を電話と呼んでもいいのかどうかも分からないけれども、
便利になればなるほど私たちの依存度は増していき、終いには『電話』の中に居場所さえ求め始めていたり。


そこで形成される会話とかコミュニティー社会も結局は『電話』の中で起こってるバーチャルなものにすぎないのに
それがバーチャルだろうがリアルだろうがあまり関係なくて、
便利で居心地がよければきっとそれでいい。
人は窮屈ながらにも居場所ほしさに、そこの居心地のよさに
『電話』の外の世界を知らずに日々生活してる。
そんな気がする。
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Work ID:  CON-165115
Name: AYA KIJI
Title: reflection
Size: 66  x 51 x 16 cm
Media: Mixed media
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This work is created based on the japanese old fairy tale of how a crane(bird) is saved and in return weaves a wonderful cloth as thanks for such kindness (鶴の恩返し)
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Work ID:  CON-165116
Name: AYA KIJI
Title: reflection
Size: 66  x 51 x 16 cm
Media: Mixed media
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This work is, at its essence, autobiographical. I consist of many different experiences, all of which are battling to have a part of my personality. My preference for things has changed dramatically and sporadically throughout my life. One thing may take prominence for a while, but soon another thing will take over. all experiences have, at one point the potential to be the one. I exist as a container, logically controlling the traffic of the things by considering relation between me and society. To a certain extent, I am a robot which has been programmed by empirical education. In the end, my personality is made up of all of these experiences.

To explain such a confused mind, I featured and re-made a painting “The Triumph Of The Immaculate” drawn by Paolo De Matteis(1662 - 1728). I found that the narrative of the painting had similar concerns to my own introspections. ​
Work ID:  CON-165121
Name: Shigetoshi Furutani
Title: The Trifle Of The Immaturity
Size: 400 x 225 cm for projecting by a projector
on wall or HD quality monitor (42 inch)       
Media: Loop Animation
Video: https://vimeo.com/174267809

Recently I’m feeling that the available storage of memory in my brain is full and that I am having trouble memorising new things. Therefore I need to export some of these memories to secure more space for new experiences to solidify, in a similar manner to the way you export data from your laptop to external hard drives. This piece is the first attempt of this idea. First, I made a mind map of important memories in my life along a timeline, then categorised them by which country they originated from. What this revealed was that most things I experienced in my teenage years were from Japan, leading me to create a space in which biographical archiving could occur.

The work archives the manners and customs of Japanese teenage motorcycle gangs called “Bousouzoku” which were most prevalent during the 70’s and 80’s. The animation presents various iconic Bousouzoku images and themes. Particularly, the word “夜露死苦” (more commonly “よろしく”) pronounced “yoroshiku” meaning “hello”, “Nice to meet you” or “best regards”. “夜露死苦” (seen on the left and right hand side of the piece) was created by gathering characters with dark or a negative connotations, such as “夜” meaning “night”, “” meaning “scantily”, “死” meaning “death” and “” meaning “hard”. “yoroshiku” was often used by the gangs at the end of sentences, for example “I never lose a fight! yoroshiku!”.

Despite their appearence, “Bousouzoku” were the primary social problem of the era, they spawned several cultural trends such as “Tokkoufuku”, a special outfit with messages embroidered on it, or ‘Call’ a rhythm made by skilfully operating the throttle and clutch. And perhaps most notably, the accentuated exterior of the motor bikes themselves, commonly customised with larger bodies and kitsch colours. “Bousouzoku” were unprecedented in their originality.​
Work ID:  CON-165122
Name: Shigetoshi Furutani
Title: Champ Lord
Size: 400 x 225 cm for projecting by a projector
on wall or HD quality monitor (42 inch)      
Media: Loop Animation
Video: https://vimeo.com/174267809

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