Material and Mechanism

October 25 – December 14, 2014 10:00-18:00

Since 2011, the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC) has established annual themes to capture the latest works and activities of its artists in residence (AIR) and other contemporary artists. In 2014, a variety of programs will unfold at the ACAC around this year’s annual theme of “Media/Art/ Society.” The first installment is KOKUFU Osamu solo exhibition "Floating Conservatory", and the second installment is Artist in Residence 2014/ summer “Media/ Art Kitchen—Reality Distortion Field—Aomori”.

In the third installment of this Artist in Residence 2014/ autumn "Material and Mechanism", we would like to approach artists' works and activities from the perspective of "Material and Mechanism". In the public invitation for the Autumn AIR, we would like to think about “media” from a more fundamental perspective: “media” as a “medium” of art. Artists’ inner ideas are externalized through the process of making artwork, their materials and mechanisms becoming the medium of expression. On the other hand, these materials and mechanisms often have their own meanings or may represent the artists’ thinking. Moreover, they can also act as catalysts that serve to further kindle artists’ creativity. Under the title “Material and Mechanism,” the Fall 2014 Artist in Residency (AIR) will contemplate the materials and methodologies of each artist’s residence production and the presentation of their distinct approaches in an environment where production and presentation happen alongside one another.




Born in 1977 in Yamaguchi, Japan. Graduated from the Graduate School of Film and New Media of Tokyo University of Art. The artist primarily experiments with “Animation Tableau”, an original method for creating animation, in order to discover new possibilities in surrealism. The narrative of ALIMO’s work always begins with a lonely scene or isolated words; it is the silence embedded in the loneliness that interests him the most. This solitude is reflected in the trace of existence which arises the space between everyday objects and cultural artefacts that, may be visible or invisible to our eyes yet, bind territory, faith and ownership altogether in his work.

2014 "Animation goes MSU", Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art, Croatia.
2013 "Move on Asia/ Video Art in Asia 2002 to 2012", ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany.
2013 "The 16th Japan Media Arts Festival. Art Division", The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan.

"Open Play, Forgetting Eye", Animation/Stop motion, Drawing color pencil on black, Oil on canvas, stereo/colour/8min39sec, 2012.

"Island of Man", Animation/Stop motion, Oil on canvas, collage, stereo/colour, 6min32sec, 2011.

LIAO Jiekai

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Born in 1984 in Singapore. Graduated from The school of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA). His art practice is predominantly based in lens-based mediums and moving images, shifting between modes of narrative filmmaking and video art. He explores the hidden history of specific site, and evokes it through poetic devices and creates sites of reflections. Recently he works with 16mm film and projectors, exploring the tactility of the celluloid material and live performance potential of film projections. His debut film "Red Dragonflies"(2010) received the Special Jury Prize at the 11th Jeonju International Film Festival. It also screened in competition at the 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival, 12th Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, 13th Shanghai International Film Festival, 6th Santiago International Film Festival and the 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival.

2014 "Superimpositions", Early Lu Gallery/ Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore.
2013 "Bukit Orang Salah", Singapore Biennale 2013, Singapore.
2013 "Brother's Quarters", Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.

"Bukit Orang Salah", Video Installation, 20 mins, 2013.
Commissioned Work, Singapore Biennale 2013, Singapore Art Museum. Collection of the Singapore Art Museum.

"Brother’s Quarters", 16mm Film Installation, dimensions and length variable, 2013.
Winner of Credit Suisse Artist Commissioning Award, President’s Young Talent Exhibition 2013, Singapore Art Museum.


Photo on 2014-04-14 at 4.53 PM #2

Born in 1987 in Russia. Graduated from the University of Toronto (BArch.). His practice is concerned with the mediation of histories and ongoing narratives by state, institutional and corporate bodies, and how transformations in the architecture and landscape of communication, visualization and spatiality function to radically reposition the individual in relation to constructed knowledges and lived experience.

2015 "A Year in Revenue", Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
2014 "HLS-F71", The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada.
2013 "Access/ Disruption", ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin, Germany.

"HLS-F71", Concrete, Laptops, horn speakers, wire, fm transmitter, youtube playlist, custom software, zip ties, and digital printed artist book, 2014.

"Three Monument", Media players, headphones, cobble stones, PVC, plexiglas, monitor, laptop and artist book, 2013.


Aki Nagasaka small (1024x786)

Born in 1980 in Osaka, Japan. Graduated from Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Staedelschule Frankfurt,​ with ​Meisterschueler. Her art practice starts from exploration on a matter she encounters personally. Through the careful artistic research about its cultural and historical context and significance, she connects her understanding with her memory and imagination, and create a narrative world where reality and fantasy coexist in her work.

2014 "Attention Economy", Kunsthalle​ Wien, Austria.
2013 "Signs Taken in Wonder", Kunstverein Hannover, Germany/ MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Austria.
2012 "Zauderberg", MMK Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany.

(c) TAIYA Yuico

"Project T, T for Taut.", installation, 2010-2013.
(c) Kunstverein Hannover, 2013, Raimund ZAKOWSKI

"If on a Winter's Night a Traveler", installation, 2010-2012.
(c) Kunsthalle Exnergasse, 2012, Wolfgang THALER


Organized by Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC), Aomori Public University.
Sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in Fiscal Year 2014.