Main Gallery Area Artist
Hisako Inoue + Mika Shirasu
Main Gallery Area
※The exhibition is 3F 313
1974 Born in Yokohama
1999 Graduated the Master program of Fine Arts at Joshibi University of Art and Design
2001 “Marble project vol.2, Marble Lovers - on home ground -”, Solo exhibition, Kawaguchi Contemporary Art Studio (Saitama,Japan)
2002 “NEW MEDIA NEW FACE'02”, Group exhibition, NTT Inter Communication Center[ICC] (Tokyo,Japan)
2008 “Beyond my vision”, Group exhibition, Gallery Azamino (Yokohama,Japan)
2017 “Play with Taro”, Group exhibition, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art (Kawasaki,Japan)
2017-2018 “The library of Smell”, Collaboration with Mika Shirasu and Takuro Shibayama, Museum Villa Stuck (Munich,Germany)
Hisako Inoue (*1974) creates interactive art spaces in art museums and galleries with her scent and sound installations. Since 1996, she has worked on the sound part of her installations in collaboration with Takurô Sibayama. The artist’s work is exhibited in the permanent collections of the Joshibi Art Museum in Kangaway and the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts in Tokyo.Since 2007 workshops have become a focal point of Hisako Inoue’s work. They are based on the concept of “smell and memories,” and conceived to meet the diverse requirements of a specific program, location, culture, history, behavior or even the influences from seasonal or general weather conditions.Recent workshops have included the 2016 Kun-kun Walk at Yokosuka Art Museum (Handicapped Persons Program) and the Ander Art Festival 2016 in Munich (Sniffing station). The artist’s intention, a kind of experiment, is to encourage participants to share their opinions and feelings, in relation to the workshop’s concept, and to deal with the combined “artwork and collective memories.” Since 2012, Hisako Inoue has collaborated with many specialists ranging from environmental researchers, biologists, olfaction experts, such as Mika Shirasu, deaf and blind people. Her aim is to create a new style of communication and take this program to many countries all over the world.She has been awarded a number of scholarships, the most recent being as an International Artist in Residence at the Villa Waldberta in Munich (2016), and she has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions. In 2017 the artist’s work was shown at the group exhibition “Play with Taro Okamoto” at the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art in Kawasaki. 2017-2018 “The Llibrary of Smell” Exhibition (collaboration with Mika Shirasu and Takuro Shibayama) at Museum Villa Stuck in Munich.
Born in Tokyo
2009 Ph.D. course in the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo
After obtaining a degree in biochemistry from The University of Tokyo, Mika Shirasu continued her studies at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo. In 2009, she received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement for her Ph. D work. Currently a Project Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Mika Shirasu recently received the Research Award for Young Scientists of the Japanese Association for the Study of Taste and Smell. This work is funded by JST, ERATO(JPMJER1202), JST-Mirai Program(JPMJMI17DC).