Ryusuke Kido［Project Assistant Professor］
Born 1984 in Tokyo. After graduating from Tama Art University, Department of Sculpture, Kido received his MFA in Sculpture from Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts. While still a student, he began showing his work in galleries. In 2010, he was selected for the Tokyo Wonder Wall (TWW) and the piece was exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. In the following year, he participated in an exhibition of TWW winners titled TWS-EMERGING 2011 Form of Sin at Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo. From around this time, Kido began participating in various artist-in-residence programs internationally, traveling to Germany, Greece, Finland, Romania, Thailand, and Turkey. In 2012, he submitted his work to the Bloomberg Pavilion Project hosted by Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. The piece, appearing to erode the space designed by architect Akihisa Hirata, was highly praised and received a major award. His solo exhibition Inner Light was held at the same space, and was followed by solo exhibitions at LIXIL gallery in 2014 and at Gallery Coexist-Tokyo in 2015. Kido currently works as a project assistant at Global Art Practice, while continuing his own practice.
Hayato Fujioka［Project Assistant Professor］
Born in 1990 in Ehime, Japan. Hayato Fujioka completed MA Culture, Criticism and Curation from Central Saint Martins in 2016. He widely works in the field of art and culture as a researcher, curator, writer and filmmaker. He is directing a documentary film 72 Sliding Doors, which was screened at Nuovi Orientamenti in Ravenna, Italy in 2015. His curated projects include the archival exhibition of MI-LAB Artist Residency In Search of Mokuhanga Light: Globalizing Japanese Woodblock Printmaking (Cyprus and Hawaii, 2017), site-specific exhibition at the Morgue of Chelsea College of Art Tokyo Analogies | Richard Nicholson (London, 2017), a participatory exhibition Acts of Searching Closely (London, 2016), Rikuzentakata | Naoya Hatakeyama, Natsumi Seo + Haruka Komori (London, 2016) and Passing Through London | Umberto Giovannini (Milan, 2011). He is also researching about the reception of European contemporary art in Japan in the 1980s in relation to the work of Kanransha Gallery.
Kione Kochi［Project Research Assistant］
Born in 1993 in Tokyo, Kochi graduated from Bennington College in 2015 with a focus in Visual Arts and Garment Construction. In addition to her concentration in the arts, she studied literature, Second Language and Culture Acquisition, and critical theory. Recent activities include collaboration with Chicago-based artist group, Temporary Services, illustrating posters and publications for the show A Proximity of Consciousness: Art and Social Action (Sullivan Galleries, Chicago), and Japanese translation of the book ELIOOO written by architect and designer, Antonio Scarponi of Conceptual Devices (Zürich, Switzerland). In 2015, she received a Knowledge Exchange grant from Pro Helvetia (Swiss Arts Council) to invite Scarponi to Japan. In the same year, she worked as an interpreter (Japanese/English simultaneous and consecutive) for his talks at the seventh Tarokichigura Design Conference and Sapporo City University. Kochi currently works as a translator and writer with Art Translators Collective.
Yoshinori Takakura［Project Research Assistant］
Born 1981 in Tokyo. In 2011, Takakura received his doctorate in Oil Painting from Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Department of Oil Painting Technique and Material. He was selected for Overseas Study Program for Artists provided by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and worked in Lebanon. After returning to Japan in 2013, he began working as an adjunct instructor at Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Oil Painting. In 2016, he joined Global Art Practice as a project assistant. Recent exhibitions include Emerging artist vol.001 at Toride GAP gallery, Toride (2016) and Will touch the world at List Sotheby’s International Realty, Tokyo (2015).
Hiroko Nakajima［Project Research Assistant］
Born in Tokyo, Japan, 1980. Received BA in Commerce at Hitotsubashi University in 2004. Nakajima first began her professional career in the finance industry, but moved to Sweden where she received her BA in Contemporary Jewellery at Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Sweden in 2012. In 2016, she completed her MA in Fine Art (Sculpture) at Slade School of Fine Art, UK. Since 2014, she has been running an art workshop K●U. Recent exhibitions include Odds at Assembly Point, London (2017), PILLOW SWALLOW HOLLOW YELLOW at ArtWall, Athens (2017), monoCHROMA at The Crypt Gallery, London (2016). Recipient of Chelsea Arts Club Trust Award (2015).
Tsukasa Doi［Adjunct Education and Research Assistant］
Born in Tokyo. Doi finished MFA in Inter Media Art from Tokyo University of the Arts.
After working at a film design office, patent office, etc., working in Global Art Practice as an Adjunct Education and Research Assistant since 2017.
Claire Fujita［Adjunct Education and Research Assistant］
Born 1991, Beijing, China. Enrolled in Intermedia Arts department of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, stayed on for master’s (completed in 2018). Generally centered on materials and kinetic artworks. Main exhibitions are “Time Machine Engine”(Tokyo, 2015), “GEIDAI UNDERGROUND” (Tokyo, 2016), “Playing in the Woods” (Nagano, 2016), “Another Lens” (Tokyo, 2017), “Weeds on the other side” (Gunma, 2017). Awards, Tokyo University of the Arts Purchasing prize (2017), Metro Cultural Foundation Prize (2016).
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Yusuke Nishimura［Project Associate Professor］