Elaine Buckholtz, Visual Artist
Elaine Buckholtz lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Her recent work utilizes video and light in relation to sculptural forms, digital prints, and preexisting sites in architecture and nature under the cover of darkness. Buckholtz has a background in visual and lighting design for the stage, and a significant aspect of her visual art has involved direct experiences and immersive environments for the viewer to engage in – the materials of her work have included light, vision, and perception in relation to objects as large as cathedrals and as small as a pair of glasses. In Japan she will be researching light art, architectural lighting and media facades, and related technological innovations.
Jami Nakamura Lin, Writer
March 29 – August 2, 2017
Kimi Maeda, Theater Artist
Kimi Maeda is a Japanese-American theater artist based in Columbia, South Carolina who makes intimate, cross-disciplinary visual performances. Since 2001, Maeda has designed sets and costumes in numerous productions in the US and Europe. Of these, her solo performance ephemera is a collection of sand drawing and shadow puppet pieces that engages memory, home, and trans-cultural identity. In Japan, Maeda will spend her time in Hamada City in Shimane Prefecture, studying the masks, puppets, costumes, music, and rehearsal process of Iwami kagura, a traditional Japanese Shinto dance originating in Shimane. She will also collect audio and video interviews with local kagura artists in Hamada.
Quynh Vantu, Architect
December 2017- June 2018
Quynh Vantu is a licensed architect and artist based in Virginia. Her art practice considers a movement-based engagement with architecture, exploring our physical relationships and interactions with built environments and spatial surroundings. Drawing from her upbringing in the American South, Vantu’s work stems from influences of porch culture and “southern hospitality,” enacting social virtues and exchanges in the architectural interventions she creates. In Japan she will use the threshold as a methodological tool, to explore how this element is the most active space within architecture – and in effect becomes the physical manifestation of movement, a social condition that offers engagement with one another, and an implement to perform cultural ideals.
Vanessa Voskuil, Choreographer
April to July, 2017
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