Ayako Hiizumi / Curator, Hongo Shin Memorial Museum of Sculpture, Sapporo
Michiyoshi ISOZAKI / Artist
Through his art, ISOZAKI Michiyoshi brings out frank curiosities in people from all walks of life. ISOZAKI`s work offers a space where each onlooker can find his or her new viewpoint. Born in 1968 in Mito-City, Japan, he received his MFA in Sculpture from Tama Art University. Between 2001-2002, he was an Asian Cultural Council fellow, spent one year at MoMA PS-1 International Studio Program. Isozaki currently lives and works in Hokkaido, Japan. Major projects: “Parachute and MAKIO”: Strangers exchange letters with each other. “DOME Project”: Participants collectively create a gigantic balloon. “Zokin Zo Project”: Participants make life-size animals with used clothes. and “Life of Mop”.
Nozomu OGAWA / Director, Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo
Born in 1976, Tokyo. Director of Art Center Ongoing. Graduated from Musashino Art University in 2001, then achieved a master’s degree of Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo. He has held a large exhibition every year from 2002 to 2006, building a unique network of artists who have publicly applied for the exhibition. Base on this network, he launched Art Center Ongoing, an art complex, at Kichijoji in 2008. He also serves as Chief Director of TERATOTERA, an art project, being actively involved in the programs deployed mainly in the area between JR Koenji station and Kokubunji station.
Mami ODAI / Director, Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio
Born in Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, in 1966. Worked in the secretariat of the Tokachi International Contemporary Art Exhibition: Demeter from 2001 to 2002. Joined the nonprofit organization S-AIR in 2003, where she has directed the Artist in Residence (AIR) program, conducted community revitalization art projects, organized the Artist in School program, and produced Sapporo 2, an art project that contemplates the snow and snow removal in Sapporo. Researcher at Trans Artists, NL and Director of ARCUS Project IBARAKI and Move arts Japan with Command N, then late years, worked as Chief Project Manager of Sapporo International Art Festival (SIAF) 2014.