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Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi

Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi

area: Visual Art

Anne and Anne sculpture, 2012 © Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi

Anne and Anne sculpture, 2012 © Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi

A Spoon Made From The Land, 2009 © Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi

Dogsled, 2008 © Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi

infinity, 2006 © Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi

Key Facts

nationality

Japan

area

Visual Art

residence

Chiba City

recommending institution

ASIFA Austria

time period

March 2014 - April 2014

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011

The Four Souvenirs and The Book, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Adventure, Courage, Love and Friendship, Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany infinity, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Texas, USA

2010
GOING MAINSTREAM, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Screen Spirit_Continued_#11, Städtische Galerie Bremen, Bremen, Germany

2009
"The Small Mountain", Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Chiba, Japan

2008
"INUZORI", Rasche Ripken Berlin, Germany
"When I wish upon a star + Infinity", STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven, Belgium

2007
"1000 Waves", Kunsthalle Lingen, Germany

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS (*)

2013

"Now Japan", Kunsthal KAdE Amersfoot, the Netherlands 
"Victory Obsessed", Zamek Culture Centre, Poznan
"Why not live for Art?", Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo

2012
"Cities and Things That Matter", Lombard Freid Projects, NY
"Eleventh Hour", Futura Centre For Contemporary Art, Prague
"Super 8", Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco*
"Mediated Visions", Galerie Wedding, Berlin

2011
"Yokohama Triennale 2011", Japan
"Super 8", Christopher Grimes Gallery, LA*
"Invisibleness is visibleness", MOCA Taipei, Taipei
"Body Talks?", SYMPOSIA, Tokyo*

2010
"Aichi Triennale 2010", Aichi, Japan
"Things That Only An Artist Can Do", MARCO - Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Vigo, Spain
"Love Sick", Stills Gallery, Sydney, Australia
"Convocatoria Internacional de Jóvenes Artistas ", Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain

2009
"5+1 Junction Box", Vacant, Tokyo
"Destroy Everything You Touch", Espai’d Art de Gandia, Spain
"Once, there was the sea", Creative Space 9001, Kanagawa, Japan

2008
"Re-imagining Asia", Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
"BACKLIGHT 08", 8th International Photographic Triennial, Photographic Centre Nykyaika, Tampere, Finland
"IASmedia Screening 2008- Contemporary Art Video Screening program by IASmedia", Insa Art Space, Korea*

2007
"I Am Future Melancholic", Tate Modern, London*
"Videonale 11", Kunstmuseum Bonn
"Madrid Abierto 2007", Canal Metro, Madrid
"Nightcomers", 10th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey*
"Saison Video 2007 #31", Musée des Beaux-Arts et la Dentelle, Calais, France*

2006
"ARS 06-Sense of the Real", The Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA, Helsinki
"LichtRouten Lüdenscheid", Lüdenscheid, Germany
"Small mischiefs, Pump House Gallery, London
"Trans_vision", V&A Friday Late, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London *

2005
"EMERGENCY 2", Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK

2004
"The World is Mine", Hiromi Yoshii Five, Tokyo

2002
"Philip Morris K.K. Art Award 2002 -The First Move", Tokyo International Forum

PRIZES AND GRANTS
2014
Pola Art Foundation, International Exchange, Japan
2013-14
Pollock Krasner Art Foundation, New York, USA
2009-12
The Japanese Government Overseas Study Programme for Artists, Japan
2011
Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation, Stipend, Japan
2010&06
The Nomura Foundation, Stipend, Japan
2006&07
Special Prize of VAD International Video and Digital Arts Festival, Girona, Spain
2006
The Asahi Shimbun Foundation, Stipend, Japan
Honorable Mention of transmediale.06, Berlin
    
RESIDENCIES
2011 - ISCP- International Studio & Curatorial Program, NY, USA
2010 - Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
2010 - LIA- Leipzig International Art Programme, Leipzig, Germany
2009 - Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Worpswede, Germany
2007 - Schleswig-Holsteinisches Künstlerhaus, Eckernförde, Germany
2006 - Künstler Atelier AKKU Uster, Uster, Switzerland

Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi

Projectinfo

Throughout our career we have experimented with incorporating metamorphosis, destruction, deterioration, and wear into the process of creating our works.
The project we would be working on during the residency at quartier21 would be an extension of that. For this project, we would be collaborating with our dog, Anne, who lives with us.
We would carve a group of small primitive wooden sculptures, then present them to Anne as toys, and finally exhibit the pieces after they have undergone a transformation from her playing with them, nibbling and breaking them. Also a video taken of Anne playing with the sculptures would be projected beside it.
This project reflects the concept of Mujo or impermanence innate within us Japanese and characteristic of a country that sees so many natural disasters, expressed in the saying that "All things are in a state of flux".

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