Hiroshi SUZUKI + Masato OHKI (Selected from open call)
After studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, Suzuki has assumed an associate professorship at the Kanazawa College of Art. Ohki carries out research in the technology of remote sensing from outer space and its application in art and education, at the Earth Observation Research Center, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. In 2010, Ohki won the Young Researcher Award from IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. Their numerous endeavors since 2010 include the “Constellations of the Earth” project that involves creating geoglyphs of constellations using earth observation satellites, and “Kodomo Uchu Geijutsu Kyoshitu” (“class about space art for children”), a pre-event for the Tanegashima Space Art Festival. For KEMPOKU ART 2016, they will be carrying out the “Constellations of the Earth: Ibaraki-Kenpoku-za” project that involves creating a “Kenpoku” constellation formed by “stars” plotted in different locations: before the festival’s opening, radio wave reflectors will be installed in six cities and towns in the Kenpoku region, and will be captured as an image by a satellite. The graphic of the constellation will be exhibited during the festival, along with the reflectors used in the project and documentation of the process, at the Miwa Junior High School in Hitachiomiya.