Fumiaki MURAKAMI (Selected from open call)
Born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1978; lives and works in Ibaraki Prefecture.
Starting off as a high school teacher, he became a Fellow of the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany, then assumed his current post at the University of Tsukuba as assistant professor of Plastic Arts and Mixed Media, in the Faculty of Art and Design. The theme of his artistic creations is the relationship between technology and art. In 2002, he held the solo exhibition “Reverse” at the Dusseldorf Kunstakademie. He has participated in the Campus Exhibition at Ars Electronica (2011) in Austria, and in the Tsukuba Media Art Festival (2015) at the Tsukuba Museum of Art. He received an Excellence Prize at the 9th Japan Media Arts Festival, in the Art Division. For KENPOKU ART 2016, Murakami is installing telescope-shaped objects at Hitachi Station, and at the former Miwa Junior High School in Hitachiomiya. The installation creates an experience in which reality and fantasy mingle, also incorporating the traditions and folklore of each area.