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Michael Sailstorfer

Michael Sailstorfer (Germany) 51

Born in 1979 in Bayern, Germany. Lives and works in Munich.

Sculptor and three-dimensional artist. In Sailstorfer’s three-dimensional art, he breathes new life into familiar items that feature in everyday life by placing them into a totally different context. In one example, he assembles a city street air outlet and then holds a performance recreating the famous scene from Marilyn Monroe’s film. He submitted work to the Sydney Biennale and “Manifesta 5” (San Sebastian) in 2004.

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Hiraki Sawa

Hiraki Sawa (Japan) 52

URLBorn in 1977 in Ishikawa, Japan. Lives and works in London.

Sawa – who studied sculpture at the School of Visual Arts, University of East London and completed a MA in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art – uses computer graphics editing software to create humorous Science Fiction-like films. In Dwelling, a miniature version of a large passenger plane glides over the floor and bed inside an ordinary-looking room of an apartment and takes off into the air. This is followed by a series of planes, and eventually the entire room is filled with flying planes. This hallucinatory scene conveys an appropriate degree of relaxation and a pop sensibility that suggests new possibilities for video art.
Major exhibitions include the Lyon Biennale (2003) and “Have We Met?” (The Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo, 2005).

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Tino Sehgal (UK / Germany) 53

Born in 1976 in London, UK. Lives and works in Berlin.

Born to an Indian father and German mother, Tino Sehgal, who embarked on his artistic career in 2002, is a relative newcomer on the art scene. Major exhibitions to date include “Utopia Station” at the 2003 Venice Biennale and solo exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London in 2005. His work was also represented in the German Pavilion at the 2005 Venice Biennale.
In a venue such as an exhibition room the visitor normally expects to see something material. Sehgal’s work, however, consists of temporary elements such as choreographed speech and body movement. Sehgal’s work at the German Pavilion in this year’s Venice Biennale is comprised of two parts. In one security guards carry out the work, and in the other, the men and women who walk into the exhibition room are questioned about the market economy, the dominant topic of contemporary society.

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Shintai Hyougen circle

Shintai Hyougen circle (Japan) 54

URLFormed in 2002 in Hiroshima, Japan.

With Yutaka Joraku in a pivotal role, Shintai Hyogen circle fluidly changes ensemble members in respopnse to the conditions of the performance site. Beginning with one-off performances at Hiroshima City University parties, Shintai Hyougen circle was formed by Yutaka Joraku in 2002 after a process of trial and error in search of a pure avenue of physical expression. Has since participated in numerous dance competitions. Joraku always collaborates with other dancers in their performances that feature almost-humorous movements and gestures by physically throwing themselves at each other or through group gymnastic-like physical entanglement. It is Shintai Hyougen circle’s lack of facial expression – their performances which, though physical, do not convey any sense of physicality – that makes this collective so original. Has recently participated in “Contemporary Dance in Shinsekai” (Osaka), “Toyota Choreography Award 2004 – NEXTAGE (Next Stage, Next Age)” (Tokyo) and “Azumabashi Dance Crossing” (Tokyo).

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URLFormed in Tokyo in 2002.

Utilizing sine waves - sound without any distortion and representing a single frequency - the four core members of The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA carry out performances in which members of the general public participate. These four members also hold live performances as The SINE WAVE QUARTETTE. The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA initially began with live performances together with invited participants such as club DJ’s. Over time, however, the orchestra began featuring personal computers that people in the audience brought with them or equipment and devices that the orchestra’s members developed, so that the format that was eventually adopted was that anyone could freely participate in the ‘orchestra’. There is only one condition in The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA’s performances - each participant must somehow ‘use’ a single sine wave. Its works are therefore totally dependent on people and in this sense The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA can be likened to a community. In this orchestra’s performances, a sonic space with a painterly quality is created as a result of the fluctuation generated by the interference between multiple sine waves and the change in sounds that are dependant on changes in environmental sounds and resonance.

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SOI Project

SOI Project (Thailand) 56

URLA project designed specifically for Yokohama 2005.

“SOI” means “alley” in Thai, and the focus of this project is to convey how the artists that gather on the corner of a soi in inner Bangkok straddle different genres in their art. “SOI” is comprised of young Thai artists that include the principal member, filmmaker Wit Pimkanchanapong (born in 1976 in Thailand, Bangkok. Lives and works in Bangkok) as well as animation artist and musician Wisut Ponnimit (born in 1976 in Thailand. Lives and works in Kobe), Pinaree Sanpitak (born in 1961 in Bangkok, Thailand. Lives and works in Bangkok), Udom Taepanich (born in 1968 in Thailand. Lives and Works in Bangkok) and three-dimensional artist Angkrit Ajchariyasophon (born in 1976 in Thailand. Lives and works in Chang Rai). Work by each artist will be on exhibit, while a music event will also be featured. The SOI Project will be a visualization of Bangkok’s contemporary art scene in which artists while influenced by Western culture, connect through music and art to develop a unique venue of expression.

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Beat Streuli

Beat Streuli (Switzerland) 57

URLBorn in 1957 in Altdorf, Switzerland. Lives and works in Dusseldorf.

Specializes in photographs in which Streuli captures, through a telescopic lens, the faces of people in urban spaces who are unaware that they are being photographed, as well as installations in which an LCD projector is used to project Streuli’s portraits onto a large screen. Through these works utilizing different media to portray the everyday lives of people, Streuli succeeds in presenting the many different aspects of urban life. Solo exhibitions include the exhibitions held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 1999 and the Palais de Tokyo in 2002, while his work has also been shown in major international exhibitions.

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