Born in 1975, Began his career in New York in 2000 after graduating from Columbia University with a MSAAD. He currently serves as Director of Rhizomatiks Co., Ltd., He produces works in the commercial art field which are threedimensional and interactive while also being based on the firm grounding in logical thought that he cultivated through architecture. Won numerous international awards from 2009. 2014 Cannes LIONS “Branded Content and Entertainment” jury. Creative Adviser of 2020 Dubai Expo Japan pavilion.Milan Expo Japan pavilion theatrespace director.
Principal, Rhizomatiks co., ltd
Curator, Kanagawa Arts Foundation.
Born in 1968. The curator of Japan Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale in 2015. The curator of Yokohama Triennale 2017. He curated "John Cage Centenary: A Struggle Between Time and Space" "Shiota Chiharu: From In Silence" "Sawa Hiraki: Whirl" "Koganezawa Takehito: Between This and That" and more.
NPO inVisible Founder / Managing Director
Graduated from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Akio HAYASHI is a co-founder and runs an not-for-profit organization, inVisible, that develops art and creative placemaking based projects mainly in Japan with Hiroko KIKUCHI since 2015. He had worked for the NPO BEPPU PROJECT including “Beppu Contemporary Art Festival 'Mixed Bathing World 2012’” as a Secretary-General, revitalizing the local community through arts and tourism whilst using public spaces and commercial venues. Other professional experiences include the Director for Tottori Artist in Residence Festival (Tottori Prefecture/2014,2015), the Program Director of Roppongi Art Night (Tokyo/2014,2015), and others. Currently, he lectures at Joshibi University of Art and Design.
Independent Curator/ producer / artist manager
Ryu Takahashi is an independent curator, producer and artist manager based in New York and Tokyo. He was formerly a publicist at Sony Music, and currently act as a creative consultant for record companies. Also as a co-director at VACANT, a gallery/performance space in Tokyo, he has curated various exhibitions with artists including David Byrne, Devendra Banhart, and David Bowie. He is currently managing artists Arto Lindsay, BIGYUKI, and Patrick Higgins, and serve as a music curator for The Broad Museum in Los Angeles along with frequent collaborator Brandon Stosuy.
Researcher / Dramaturge
Born in 1988, Rurihiko Hara is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a special researcher at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. His areas of expertise are Japanese gardens and Noh and Kyogen theater, and he is particularly focused on researching the descent of archetypal representations of coastlines (beaches) in both of these fields of traditional Japanese arts. Hara has been in charge of dramaturgy for performances including "Life-Well" (2013), a Noh collaboration among composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, Noh master Mansai Nomura, and stage director Shiro Takatani, and Yuko Hirai’s "The Face of Strangers" (2014).
and Caroline Maxwell
Ken Farmer and Caroline Maxwell are a New York-based curatorial team that collaborates with multidisciplinary artists to create site-responsive experiences from large scale happenings to intimate interventions. Their work has been featured in the Venice Architecture Biennale, the New Museum, and underutilized public spaces throughout the world. Recent collaborators range from Yoko Ono to Terrence Koh.