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Atsushi Fukunaga

Country(activity based):
Visual Art


Completed the doctoral program without a doctoral degree of doctoral program in Graduate School of Arts, Hiroshima City University, Japan in 2007.

Recent 5 main activities (personal exhibitions, group exhibitions, concerts) are
- "ikóynu", solo show, Gallery t, Tokyo, Japan, 2017
- "s(k)now", Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio Residence Program 2017, Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio, Sapporo,2017
- "kritischer Moment", Galerie AG für zeitgenössische Kunst, Bad Doberan, Germany, 2016
- "OPEN SPACES", group exhibition, Bocholt, Germany, 2016
- "Linguistic Atlas", solo show, NON Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2016

Other activities (including awards received) are
- 2014 Selected one of jury selections at the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival / Japan
- 2013 Selected artist at Asahi Art Square Open Square Project

About works / performance

Echoic billboard - Kosmos -
, 2016, 183 x 120 x 20 cm, polyester film, poster hanger, vinyl film, mixed media, translation in Korean
Echoic billboard - New Musical Express 01 -, 2016, 183 x 120 x 20 cm, polyester film, poster hanger, vinyl film, mixed media, translation in Singlish, Japanese
The dubbing happenings 13 - The biological sciences around the space -, 2015, 100,5 x 100,5 x 2,5 cm, illustration of magazine, acrylic sheet, one-way mirror sheet, glass, acrylic mirror sheets, frame, translation in German, Japanese
Storyteller 04 - The North Wind and the Sun,2015, 24,5 x 24,5 x 3,5 cm each, mirror glass, magnifying mirrors, frame, translation in French, Taiwanese
The dubbing happenings 06 - The decline of good old days -, 2013, 26 x 32,1 x 3,5 cm, illustration and lettering of magazine, frame, acrylic sheet, glass, translation in Korean, German
The hurly-burly chorus, 2013, dimensions variable, sound installation: multi-speakers, Mac with surround system, MP3players, sensor
Humming Dialogs - Berlin, Tokyo, and Fukushima -, 2017, dimensions variable, sound installation: multi-speakers x8, Mac with surround system, audio interface


I engage with the theme of language and my works involve the participation of others. In many cases, participants are left to their own creations, which become part of my own work’s source. In recent years, I have been employing onomatopoeia, the linguistic expression that imitates sound, as the central theme of works in my practice. The French word onomatopée comes from the ancient Greek word ὀνοµατοποιία, connoting the “creation of words” and I believe that anyone can participate in such a creation process. The purpose of my activities is to bring out the latent potential within participants to create “sounds” with their own language, and in order to get the maximum result, I often leave the process of imitating sounds to the participants.