Courage in Transience

July 27 (Sat) – September 8 (Sun), 2019, 10:00-18:00, admission free

Look out of any window and you will see cities and natural landscapes in a constant state of flux. Oftentimes there is nothing to do but stop and stare as these landscapes change before us, subject to the relentless flow of time. But rather than lament the transient nature of things, we must recognize that change can often bring new and often exciting dynamics.

The word hakanai is a key concept of the Summer 2019 AIR Program and means “fleeting” or “fragile” in Japanese, written with the Chinese characters for “not” and “bold”—in other words, a can-do attitude negated. For the fragility and transience that we so often admire may also be seen as a sign of surrender depending on the context. But transience and surrender are really two sides of the same coin, seemingly representing the importance of both human inertia and sensibility. As habitual as humans are, there is nothing more daring than for someone to break habit and fully give themselves over to their true sensibilities.

The Summer 2019 AIR Program invites resident artists to seek out the courage within transience. Those who dare to join them might just find themselves open to the possibilities that exist within the ephemeral nature of all that surrounds us.


MIHARA Soichiro

1980 Born in Tokyo, Japan.
B.A., Tama Art University
M.A., The Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences [IAMAS]


Solo Exhibition

2016 “the world filled with blanks”, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan.
2015 “blank project#3 cosmos”, DEPO2015, Pilzen, The Czech Republic.
2013 “the world filled with blanks”, Kunstraum bethanien, Berlin, GERMANY
“空白之界 / the world filled with blanks”Kuan-Du museum of fine art, Taipei, TAIWAN


Selected Group Exhibition

2018   “New Japan. Observer Effect”, Solyanka State Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
“From blanks to Sensitivity”, Zuiun-an, Kyoto, Japan.
Netaudio Festival 3 - Sharing Over Netizen Explosion”, Yogya National Museum, Indonesia.
2017  “PRIX ARS Cyberarts 2017”, OK Center for Contemporary Art Austria, Linz, Austria.
Tsushima Art Fantasia 2017”, Tsushima, Japan.
2016 “19th DOMANI art of tomorrow“, National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan.
Kenpoku Art 2016”, Hitachi Ota, Japan.
“Media City Seoul”, Seoul City Museum, Seoul, South Korea.
2015 “Elements of Art and Science”, Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria.
Ars Electronica Festival”, POST CITY, Linz, Austria.
2014 “Sapporo International Art Festival 2014”[SIAF2014], Sapporo, Japan.


2018 “From blanks to Sensitivity”, Zuiun-an, Kyoto, Japan.

”Syokugaku Nyumon”, with Masashi Nakatani, Yasuaki Kakehi, Kouta Minamizawa, Tokyo, Asahi Press Inc., 2016

《鈴》 GM管、ガラス、モータ、マイクロチップ 2013
GM tube, glass, motor, microchip
《   を超える為の余白》 エアーポンプ、電源制御回路、水、シャボン液、グリセリン、エタノール 2013
"the blank to overcome"
air pump, electricity control circuit, water, soap, glycerin, ethanol.
空白のプロジェクト#3 《コスモス》 2013- ミクストメディア・インスタレーション、サイズ可変  撮影:大島拓也 blank project#3
"cosmos"mixed media installation, dimension variable
Photo:Takuya Oshima

Gianfranco FOSCHINO

Gianfranco Foschino 2011
1983 born in Santiago, Chile.
2008 degree in cinema studies UNIACC University of Santiago, Chile.
2005 studied Image & Sound Design at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Selected Solo Exhibition

2016 “Locus”, Visual Art Museum, Santiago, Chile.
2015 “Hidden Stories”, Standtgalerie, Saarbrucken, Germany.
Eclipse, here & now”, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA.

Selected Group Exhibitions / Biennial

2019 "Foreshadows", Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo, Tokyo, Japan.
2018 “Warum Kunst ?”, Ulm Museum & Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Ulm, Germany.
2016 “Impermanencia / 13th Cuenca Biennial”, Pumpapungo Museum, Cuenca, Ecuador.
2014 “Monolith Controversies / 14th International Architecture Exhibition”,Chilean pavilion, Arsenale, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy.
“Unsettled Landscapes / 9th Santa Fé Biennial”, SITE Santa Fé, Santa Fé, NM. USA.
“Ilusion Optica“, Modern Art Museum, Mexico City, Mexico.
2013 “Southern Panoramas / 18th Videobrasil SESC Pompéia”, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2011 “Between Forever And Never / 54th La Biennale di Venezia”, Latin American Pavilion - Arsenale, Venice, Italy.
“Videosphere: A New Generation” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA.

ビデオスカルプチャー HDプロジェクション、12分(ループ)、コンクリート、クリスタル、リアプロジェクションフィルム、木、515 x 275 x 50 cm 2016 "OJOS DE AGUA"
Video Sculpture
HD Projection, 12 min, Color, Silent, Loop, Concrete, Crystal, Rear projection film, Wood, 515 x 275 x 50 cm

《精霊(ESPIRITU SANTO) #1》 暗室にプロジェクション、HD、6分(ループ)、カラー、サイレント 2013ESPIRITU SANTO #1 & #2
Projection on wall inside a dark room, HD, 5 min & 6 min, Color, Silent, Loop

《火の土地(FIRELAND) #1》 ビデオインスタレーション、HD、10分(ループ)、カラー、サイレント 2015 "FIRELAND #1"
Video installation, HD, 10 min, Color, Silent, Loop

Carlos NUNES

1969 born in São Paulo, Brazil.
studied Arts at the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation in Sao Paulo.


Solo Exhibitions

2019 “485 euros”, Ciclon, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
2017 Phototax”, Raquel Arnaud Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2016  “And If Things Lie to Us?”, Ponce + Robles Gallery, Madrid, Spain.
“Days of Objects In Cloudy Light”, Quase Galeria, Porto, Portugal.
2013 “Modus operandi”, Raquel Arnaud Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2011 “Yellow”, Espaço Laika, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2010 “Triumph of Colors, Love and Music, about the Wicked Blues”, English Culture Prize Festival, Center of British Culture, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2009 “Until the End...”, Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 “Action and Reaction”, Casa do Brasil, Madrid, Spain.
2017 “Code”, Osnova Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
2016 “The Cloudy Light in the Museum”, Soares dos Reis museum, Porto, Portugal.
2015 “Ichiba Shoe”, North Plaza Gallery, Saitama, Japan.



《走光性》 ビデオ、9分49秒 撮影: Alexandre Ermel "fototaxia"
video, 9’49
Photos: Alexandre Ermel

《ろうそく(vela)》 壁にスライド写真 2016 撮影: Ding Musa "vela(candle)"
slide photo projected on the wall
Photos: Ding Musa

Organized by Aomori Contemporary Art Centre [ACAC], Aomori Public University.
Supported by Ateliê Fidalga, AIRS.
Sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in Fiscal Year 2019.