Wednesday 13 May 2009 - Saturday 16 May 2009
Fogfalls #47670 'Tales Of Ugetsa' & Foggy Forest
Documentation of two environmental artworks by seminal Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, winner of the Special Achievement Prize at this year's Japan Media Arts Festival. Fujiko has created a variety of works from the 1960s to the present day, exploring the interface between nature and technological society. Her major works include the fog sculpture series and Information Sculpture such as Utopia Q&A 1981. This year she is winner of the Special Achievement Prize at this year's Japan Media Arts Festival.
Fujiko Nakaya was born in 1933 in Sapporo, Japan, and holds degree's from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA. As a member of Experiments in Art and Technology (E. A. T.), Nakaya created the world's first fog sculpture at the Pepsi Pavilion, Expo '70, Osaka, Japan. She has worked with artificial fog extensively since, creating fog installations, performances, fog stage sets, and environmental park designs. She works also with video as a medium and has organized video and television festivals biannually in Tokyo. She was involved with Video Gallery SCAN, which she opened in Harajuku in 1980. As Japan's only video art gallery, it introduced works of Japanese and foreign artists, and from 1981, it sponsored an open entry competition for new works, launching the careers of many video artists.
Major installations include: Fog Sculpture #94768 "Earth Talk" at the 2nd Biennial of Sydney, Sydney, 1976; "Opal Loop/Cloud#72503" in collaboration with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, New York City, 1980; Fog Sculpture "Kawaji " in collaboration with Bill Viola at the Festival of Light, Sound and Fog, Tochigi, 1980; Fog Sculpture #94925 "Foggy Wake in a Desert: An Ecosphere," Sculpture Garden, Australian National Gallery, Canberra ( permanent collection; ) Fog Sculpture "SKYLINE," Jardin de l'eau, Parc de la Villette, Paris, 1988; "FOGGY FOREST," in collaboration with Kitagawara+ILCD, Yuji Morioka and Shiro Takatani (permanent installation), Children's Park, Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa, 1992; "Greenland Glacial Moraine Garden," Museum of Snow and Ice, Kaga City, 1994 (permanent collection), Fog Sculpture #08025 "F.O.G.," Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain (permanent collection ) ; Fog Sculpture #28634 "Dialogue," for Technology for Living: Experiments in Art and Technology, Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Sweden, 2004 ; "Fog Chamber-RIGA #26422," The Natural History Museum of Latvia, 2005.