Hideo IWASAKI+metaPhorest

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Hideo IWASAKI+metaPhorest

Active since 2007, Hideo Iwasaki + metaPhorest is comprised of Hideo Iwasaki, a professor at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Waseda University and the members of metaPhorest: the platform for BioAesthetics initiated by Iwasaki in 2007. Iwasaki, a researcher of bioscience and bio aesthetics, and a figurative artist, is interested in the representation and relations of diverse “life,” including the scientific and cultural approach (which includes the former) to life, and the way in which life is depicted in art.The participating members of metaPhorest include Hanna Saito who creates works from materials such as glass and organic matter, Mio Izawa who produces work using electronic devices, video and installations; and Shiryu Kirie who studied molecular biology and now BioAesthetics. For KENPOKU ART 2016, the team will pose the question of what makes up a living thing through work that “commemorates” dead artificial cells, and microorganisms that contribute to fermentation. The work will be realized in cooperation with the locals of Hitachi-Ota, a place with a long history of fermented foods.

Artwork

Memorial service for the spirits of microorganisms and artificial cells/lives

Memorial service for the spirits of microorganisms and artificial cells/lives

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