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Megumi Takashima

(Art and performing arts critic) 


Researcher at Kyoto City University of Arts, Archival Research Center. She writes art reviews for "Kyoto Shimbun" and the web magazine "artscape". She is co-author of "不確かな変化の中で 村川卓也 2005-2020" (edited by Ritsuki Hayashi, KANKARA Inc., 2020) and "身体感覚の旅-レジーム・ショピノとパシフィックメルティングポット" (edited by Daisuke Tomita, Osaka University Press, 2017).

Paweł Pachciarek

(Fellow of Tama Art University, Doctor of Literature, independent curator, art critic, and performer)  


He finished his Master’s degree in Japanese Studies at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland (2012). He got Doctor’s degree from Osaka University (2021) for doctoral thesis dealing with the relationship between literature and art of Yayoi Kusama. He is currently a JSPS Foreign Research Fellowship for Young Scientists at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), working with Akira Tatehata, President of Tama Art University, at the same university. He has received numerous research grants, including the Japan Foundation Fellowship for Japanese Studies (2013-2014), the Japanese Government Scholarship (MEXT) (2017-2021), and the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (2021-present). His research focuses on contemporary issues in comparative literature, aesthetics, and art history, including socially engaged art practice and issues in the field of social criticism such as feminism, queer studies, and socially reinterpret history. He has curated contemporary art in Japan and abroad, particularly in Europe. His main publications include "中欧・東欧の文化事典," (Maruzen Publishing, 2021) (shared writing), and "Kusama Yayoi czyli obsesja kropek (Kusama Yayoi - Dots Obsession)," Tako, 2015.

Katsunori Mizuno 

(Artist, videographer) 


Using video materials collected by capturing events seen in the landscape, he attempts to create a single scene by constructing and amplifying images. He creates works that connect fragments of time like snapshots, works inspired by landscape paintings, and works with site-specific elements. In 2008, he finished his master’s degree at Kyoto City University of Arts. Major exhibitions include "POSITION 2021-2022" (Nagoya City Art Museum, Aichi, 2021), "Katsunori Mizuno Exhibition SCENERY" (Higashi-Osaka Civic Art Center, Osaka, 2021), "Light and Shade" (GALLERY CAPTION, Gifu, 2020), "KAAT Atrium Movie Project: Katsunori Mizuno” (“KAAT” Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Kanagawa, 2019), "15 Years" (ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka, 2018), "Monet’s Legacy” (Nagoya City Art Museum, Aichi / Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, 2018).

*Site-specific: artworks created to exist in a specific place

Daisuke Yamashiro 

(Artist, videographer, CEO of Twelve Inc., full-time lecturer at Kyoto University of Art) 


Artist and videographer. Born in Ibaraki City. Applying the concept of time in film to space and projects, he develops a "time" that can only be experienced on site as a work. Since 2006, he has formed the artist collective, "Nadegata Instant Party" and has exhibited his works throughout Japan. As an educator at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM], he has devised and conducted original workshops and produced numerous educational programs. He is a full-time lecturer at Kyoto University of Arts. CEO of Arts Production “Twelve Inc.” Selected as Jury Selections at 23rd JAPAN MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL.

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