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Mai Yamashita + Naoto Kobayashi

 

Mai Yamashita (born in 1976) and Naoto Kobayashi (born in 1974) are a Japanese artist couple who met at high school and started working together officially in 2001. After graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts, they moved to Germany. Since then, they have been living and working in Berlin and Tokyo.

The simple structure and humor in their methodology turns the seemingly impossible dream into reality and their work is a condensation of everyday life. In Candy (2005), for instance, the duo licked a huge ball of candy every day over six months until it had been reduced to normal size. In Infinity (2006), Yamashita + Kobayashi jog day after day over a course in the shape of the sign for infinity (∞), slowly inscribing itself on the grass. Their sincere attitude towards these seemingly purposeless duties contains a touch of humor and at the same time makes viewers reconsider about many rituals without meaning in their daily lives.

 

EDUCATION

Mai Yamashita

2009

  • PhD Tokyo University of the Arts

2005-6

  • The Berlin University of the Arts, Class Stan Douglas, Guest student

2004

  • M.A. Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music

2001

  • B.A. Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music

1976

  • Born in Chiba, Japan

 

Naoto Kobayashi

2005-06

  • The Berlin University of the Arts, Class Stan Douglas, Guest student

2002

  • M.A. Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music

1999

  • B.A. The University of Tsukuba, School of Art and Design

1974

  • Born in Chiba, Japan

PRIZES AND GRANTS

2014

  • Pola Art Foundation, International Exchange, Japan

2013-14

  • Pollock Krasner Art Foundation, New York, USA

2009-12

  • The Japanese Government Overseas Study Programme for Artists, Japan

2011

  • Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation, Stipend, Japan

2010

  • The Nomura Foundation, Japan

2007-08

  • The Japanese Government Overseas Study Programme for Artists, Japan

2007

  • Special Prize of VAD International Video and Digital Arts Festival, Girona, Spain

2006

  • The Asahi Shimbun Foundation, Japan
  • The Nomura Cultural Foundation, Japan
  • Honorable Mention of transmediale.06, Berlin
  • 2nd Prize of Gstaad Film Festival 2006, Gstaad, Switzerland

2004

  • Takahashi Art Prize, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music, Tokyo

1999

  • Ataka Prize, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music, Tokyo

RESIDENCIES

2014

2011

2010

2009

2007

2006

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014

2013

2011

2010

2009

  • Viewing week, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Tokyo
  • The Small Mountain, Takuro Someya Contemporary Art, Chiba, Japan
  • playing with time, NOW IDeA by Utrecht, Tokyo

2008

2007

  • 1000 Waves, Kunsthalle Lingen, Germany
  • infinity, Mai Yamashita+Naoto Kobayashi, ZAIM Annex 304, Yokohama, Japan
  • Yamashita Kobayahshi Repeast Playback@Maruya, Naoshima, Japan

2001

  • dam has broken, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo

GROUP EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS (*)

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

  • 5+1 Junction Box, Vacant, Tokyo
  • Vom Labor zum Projekt, Neuen Museum Weimar, Weimar, Germany
  • UNIVERSO ELECTRÓNICO, El Tanque Espacio cultural, Canary Islands, Spain
  • JAPAN VIDEO WINDOW, Duplex/10m2, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • R_minute, Info Nantes public computer screens, Nantes, France*
  • Destroy Everything You Touch, Espai’d Art de Gandia, Spain
  • Once, there was the sea, Creative Space 9001, Kanagawa, Japan
  • I wish upon a star, Sinjuku Ganka Garou, Tokyo
  • Ping-Pong Critic, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto*
  • Videonale 11 selection, Goethe-Institut Japan in Kyoto, Kyoto*

2008

2007

  • I Am Future Melancholic, Tate Modern, London*
  • I Am Future Melancholic, GoGallery, Milan, Italy
  • Crawford Open 2007, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
  • Compendium 07 by MIACA JAPAN, H-I-T, Göteborg, Sweden*
  • Works by Emerging Video Artists, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN, US
  • Theory of Everything, DongFang The Cinema of the Far East, Napoli*
  • Museumsnacht, Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany
  • Videonale 11 selection, Insa Art Space of the Arts Council Korea, Seoul, Korea*
  • Videonale 11 selection, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain*
  • Videonale 11, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
  • Madrid Abierto 2007, Canal Metro, Madrid
  • Japanese Video Art Screening, Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway
  • Nightcomers, 10th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey*
  • MIACA@LUX, LUX, London*
  • Saison Video 2007 #31, Musée des Beaux-Arts et la Dentelle, Calais, France*
  • Artist as Activist, Plan B, Tokyo*
  • Future Landscape, Cambridge Film Festival, Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge, UK*
  • Evolution 2007, The Linacre Studio, Leeds, UK*
  • Saison Video 2007 #31, Musée des Beaux-Arts et la Dentelle, Calais, France *
  • Vor Ort, Villa am Aabach, Uster, Switzerland

2006

  • ARS 06-Sense of the Real, The Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA, Helsinki
  • LichtRouten Lüdenscheid, Lüdenscheid, Germany
  • Small mischiefs, Pump House Gallery, London
  • Indblik, Herning Kunstmuseum, Denmark*
  • O.V.L by REC, MIACA, ZAIM, Yokohama, Japan
  • Staring into Space, Trafó-House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest *
  • Fair Play 2006, play - gallery for still and motion pictures, Berlin *
  • Trans_vision, V&A Friday Late, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London *
  • Pixapins, PHOTOESPAÑA 2006, Madrid, Spain *
  • Theory of Everything, LocationOne, NY/Workstation Arts Center, Beijing/www.tank.tv / and others*
  • The Peninsula, Singapore History Museum, Singapore *
  • Everyday Life is a Microcosm, Cornell University Department of Art's Experimental Studio, Ithaca, New York
  • Double Trouble, tank.TV
  • ArtSway Open 06, ArtSway, Hampshire, UK
  • Shrewsbury Open 2006-Unnatural Selection, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, UK
  • badmeister kunst und sport teil 2, Hallenbad Wald, Wald, Switzerland
  • kunstkanister, Zeughaus Uster, Uster, Switzerland

2005

  • ERGENCY 2, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK
  • Rosa!:the Exposed Colour Pink, The University Art Museum, Tokyo

2004

  • The World is Mine, Hiromi Yoshii Five, Tokyo
  • Voice of Site –Tokyo-Chicago-NewYork-, Former Sakamoto Elementary School, Tokyo

2003

  • Green Space 2_licht/schatten, Haus am Horn, Weimar, Germany

2002

  • Philip Morris K.K. Art Award 2002 -The First Move, Tokyo International Forum
  • Green Space, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Ibaraki, Japan
  • Nanohana-Satomi-Hakken-Ten[Art Universiade], Chiba, Japan

FESTIVALS

2011

  • Hors Pistes 2011, Centre Pompidou, Paris
  • Performance-Festival 2011, Bremen, Germany

2010

  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland

2008

  • Near Sighted, Far Out: Video Art Festival #003, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, NY
  • VIDEOAKT international videoart show, Glogauair, Berlin

2007

  • Trunk/The Nordic Art Video Festival, Östersund, Sweden
  • Optica: the Gijon International Festival of Video Art, Spain
  • D-NEFF, Victoria-Gastaiz, Spain
  • Transitio_MX, Mexico City
  • VAD International Video and Digital Arts Festival, Girona, Spain
  • KANSK VIDEO FESTIVAL 2007, Moscow
  • EXiS2007, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • d/Art/07, The Australian Centre for Photography etc., Sydney
  • 17th International Videofestival Bochum, Bochum, Germany
  • 23rd Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Germany
  • ZEMOS98 [ninth edition], Sevilla, Spain
  • 20th Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Germany
  • FILE 2007, OI FUTURO CULTURAL CENTER, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • 10th Japan Media Art Festival, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
  • 12th ifva festival, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

2006

  • transmediale.06, Akademie der Künste, Gallery ZERO, Berlin
  • transmediale.06–video selection touring events, tesla, Berlin; [plug-in] Basel, Switzerland etc.
  • The 11th Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Centre Pompidou etc., Paris
  • CODE: BLUE Millennium Dialogue 2006, China Millennium Art Museum, Beijing
  • VAD International Video and Digital Arts Festival, Girona, Spain
  • shnit short film festival, Bern, Switzerland
  • Isfilmu nakts #1, Latvia
  • 12th canariasmediafest 2006, Gran Canaria, Spain
  • Ars Electronica Animation Festival, Linz, Austria
  • EMAF:European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany
  • Media Forum, Moscow International Film Festival, Moscow
  • Media Art Friesland, Friesland, the Netherlands
  • CYNETart_06 humane, Kunsthaus Dresden, Germany
  • Gstaad Film Festival 2006, Gstaad, Switzerland
  • SHOWCASE International Portfolio Review, Kaufleuten, Zürich, as a part of tank.tv's Showreel

2005

  • Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, Germany
  • LOOP :THE PLACE FOR VIDEO ART LOVERS, Barcelona

TV BROADCASTINGS

2010

2009

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2010

  • Many people ask me, Don’t you miss Japan when you live abroad?, screening
  • LIA, Leipzig/Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin/Kunstverein Göttingen