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Miguel Calderón

Miguel Calderón (Mexico) 07

Born in 1971 in Mexico. Lives and works in Mexico City.

Once known for Artist who also operating the non-profit art space “La Panaderia”, but now devotes all his time to his own works. Since studying filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute, Calderón continues to create work that breaks away from art’s traditional methodology. The chaos of Mexico City – where his identity was shaped – and the pop culture of his generation form the basis of his work. Participant in the 26th São Paolo Biennale in 2004.

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Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller (Canada) 08

Janet Cardiff – Born in Brussels, Ontario in 1957. Lives and works in Grindrod, BC, Canada, and Berlin.

After graduating from Queen’s University in Kingston, Cardiff gained a Masters of Visual Arts at the University of Alberta, and at about the same time met partner and collaborator George Bures Miller. Beginning her creative career in 1983, she has participated in many major international group exhibitions, including the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art in 1996, the XXIV Biennale de Sao Paulo in 1998, the Istanbul Biennial and the Carnegie International in 1989, and she has also held many solo exhibitions or exhibitions together with George Bures Miller, including the Powerplant Gallery in Toronto in 1994, the Canadian entry in the 2001 Venice Biennale, and the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London in 2003.

Cardiff’s audio and video Walks involve the whole body – watching, listening, and physically exercising the body through walking. Another of her best-known pieces is Forty-Part Motet, which has forty speakers each playing just one voice from a choir, arranged so that the listener can hear the different voices separately or in different combinations as he or she moves around the room, gaining a sense of the heterogeneous nature of the space.

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Chen Xiaoyun

Chen Xiaoyun (China) 09

Born in 1971 in Hubei Province, China. Lives and works in Hangzhou Province.

Graduated from the Department of Traditional Chinese Painting, China Academy of Art in 1992. Chen’s focus in recent years has been moving images and will be exhibiting the work Yoru ni kakuchou suru kaku shunkan [each moment that expands at night] at Yokohama 2005. Chen explores the psychology of people who pursue, and in the end renounce, the meaningless of mystical experiences that they find themselves experiencing in their everyday lives.
Recent significant exhibitions include the exhibition “Move on Asia” (SBS (Seoul Broadcasting Studio), Seoul, 2005), Shanghai Biennale (2004) and “SCARIFY” (China Modern Independent Image Exhibition, Beijing) (2004).

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Chen Zhen


Chen Zhen (China) 10

Born in 1955 in Shanghai. Died in 2000.

After graduating from the Shanghai Fine Arts and Craft School, Chen entered the L’Ecole Nationale Superieur des Beaux-Arts in 1986 and embarked on his career in Europe. Chen began producing large numbers of unique installations from the late 80’s while teaching at a private art school in Paris that he established together with Daniel Buren and Sarkis. Chen’s work is characterized by site-specific installations that reflect both his highly-honed sensibility in relation to the materials used and the situation and historical context of the site.
Major works include Prayer Wheel - ‘Money Makes the Mare Go’ (1997), Jue Chang - Fifty Strokes to Each (1998), Inner Body Landscape (2000), Autelde Lumiere (2000), Zen Garden (2000), Black Broom (2000) and Crystal Ball (1999).

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COUMA (Japan) 11

URLArtist’s collective formed in 2004 in Kyoto, Japan.

Formed by six artists who continue to pursue individual careers, the members of COUMA – Takehiro Iikawa, Teppei Kaneuji, Yuki Kimura, Manpei Tsurubayashi, Ai Nakagawa and Hyougo Hofuku – met through table tennis. COUMA reduces, into its works, the world that emerges when the heights of table tennis are reached. “Table Tennis Players”, held at ARTZONE in Kyoto in February 2005, reflects COUMA’s unique style. A table-tennis table was placed in the center of the venue and the six members stayed at the venue for as long as possible, playing table tennis while completing the work. This year COUMA has so far participated in “Shinkaichi Art Street” (Kobe Art Village Center, 2005) and “ReOLYMPIC” (Osaka Harbor Red Brick Warehouse and other venues in Osaka, 2005).

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Didier Courbot

Didier Courbot (France) 12

Born in 1967 in Hazebrouck, France. Lives and works in Paris.

Courbot’s photographs and delicate installations evoke the personal stories lie hidden in public spaces. Since 1999 has been working on the Needs, a series of photographs capturing the ordinary acts of intervention in the city, such as planting flowers or repairing benches. At the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2003, Courbot carried out a project by placing free postcards almost unnoticeably inside the venue to stimulate visitors’ memories of their own travels. A major factor behind his anonymous appearances in public spaces is arguably his experience as a landscape architect. The public square which Courbot had been working on for four years was completed in Annecy, France in 2004. In Japan, Courbot has had solo exhibitions at the Shiseido Gallery (1997) and SCAI THE BATHHOUSE (2003).

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©uratorman Inc. (Thailand) 13

Idea & Project Development by Helen Michaelsen & Navin Rawanchaikul. Project produced by Navin Production Co., Ltd.

Navin Rawanchikul, born in 1971 Chiang Mai, Thailand. Currently lives and works in Chiang Mai and Fukuoka.
Established Navin Production Co., Ltd in 1994. Rawanchikul’s work questions the relationship between art and the community by utilizing familiar media such as comic books, billboards and newspapers. At Yokohama 2005, Rawanchikul will be collaborating with Thai-born German Helen Michaelsen (curator and art critic), with whom the artist has collaborated a number of times in the past under the name ©uratorman Inc. The two plan to create a participation-based game venue inspired by the world of art.
Major exhibitions include “Cities on the Move” (Vienna, 1997) and “SUPER (M) ART” (About Gallery, Bangkok, 2003) while he has also participated in numerous international exhibitions such as the Asia-Pacific Triennal of Contemporary Art (1996), the Kwangju Biennale (1997), the Sydney Biennale (1998) and the São Paolo Biennale (2004). In Japan, Rawanchikul was a participant in “Southeast Asia 1997 - For the Art to Come” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and others) and in Yokohama Triennale 2001.

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