This is a residential exchange program for artists, jointly developed by the Hong Kong artist-run space soundpocket and Tokyo’s Art Center Ongoing. Soundpocket, a non-profit organization established in 2008 and run by artists in Hong Kong, focuses on the promotion, experimentation, and diffusion of sound art. Up until now, residency places have gone to internationally-active artists from countries like France, the UK and Singapore, but the fifth artist to be invited is Takuro Kotaka from Japan. He will take up his month-long residency in Hong Kong from April 11 until May 11, 2016. While in Hong Kong he will create a new film/video work on the theme of Tokyo and Hong Kong, and present it at a local event.
Born in 1984, lives and works in Tokyo Japan. He has stayed in many countries throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, creating works based on themes such as rumors and forgotten symbols that cut deep into societal systems and negative history. Until 2012 he ran “Kotaka Shop”, a second-hand shop in Tokyo frequented by activists, musicians, writers, and lawyers. In recent years, he has participated in the formation a genre-crossing network, creating the brand “Niko Niko Sanmyaku”, a fusion of art truck culture and fashion, and working with “The National Museum of Art, Okutama”, an art group which operates in an old lumber mill deep in the mountains and calls itself a “National” landmark.
C&G Artpartment, Hong Kong, Floating Projects, Hong Kong