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Shujiro Murayama

Shujiro Murayama

Residence Period: 2018.11.01-2018.12.17

Shujiro Murayama

Japanese: 村山 修二郎
Exchange site: Australia, BigCi

Residence plan for BigCi (Blue Mountains)
The magnificent nature of the Blue Mountains National Park is different in density and size from the mountains, forests, rivers, and oceans that are within a close distance from me in Japan. By comparing the fieldwork conducted based on difference in scale, climate, and cultural traits, I wish to understand the qualities in each other's nature, and listen for the particular beat of the Australian plants. Furthermore, I plan to research history surrounding the ocean, city, and museums, to discover art communication between plants that can only be found here.

Artist profile

1) March 2014, Completed the second term of Doctor in Mural Painting at Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts
2) April 2018 to the present, Akita Public Arts College, Department of Art, Associate Professor
3) October 2017, Exhibition "From Kiseki with plant tour and plant painting " 3331 Gallery (3331 Arts Chiyoda), Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Researches and studies local vegetation, holds "plant tour" projects that redefine plants as part of art, creates artworks that focus on the primordial source of energy within plants, holds public/local activities and workshops, and is involved in various projects across Japan. In recent years, he has taken plant material (flowers/leaves/fruits) into his bare hands and directly smudged it onto paper and walls, known as the method of "plant painting" (a term invented by the artist), in order to create expressions that go beyond painting.

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Program title: Move Arts Japan 2018 Artist in Residence Program
Support: Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2018
Collaboration: 3331 Arts Chiyoda, AIR 3331, ZERODATE Art Project, Artist in Residence Yamanashi [AIRY], Art Space Yosuga, AYUMI GALLERY/ CAVE AIR, Asialink Arts (University of Melbourne), BigCi, PAIR (Artist in Residence Pier-2)
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【About MAJ - A project in collaboration with AIR 3331】
The Move Arts Japan portal site proposes a "journey model" of the AIR experience, wherein one artist can take part in several sequential residencies throughout Japan. Using the constantly updated map of residencies across Japan as its main resource, MAJ has planned this year's residence program with the collaboration of 3 overseas organizations. The program is viewed as a trans-performative journey with a starting point in Tokyo, from which artists themselves select several locations of travel for developing their research. The results travel back to Tokyo to be presented as an exhibition and talk at 3331 Arts Chiyoda.