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ARTIST STATEMENT
CHIKA is a Japanese-born, New York-based Multidisciplinary Artist. Her creative work revolves around the fusion of Japanese homophones and cutting-edge technology in digital art. Through this fusion, she crafts visual sculptures and creates site-specific interactive light installations, inviting the public to engage and discover shared moments of revelation.

Incorporating Chinese characters that carry diverse meanings but share the same pronunciation in Japanese, CHIKA delves into the subtle nuances of these homophones. She uncovers hidden meanings, navigates structural rules, conceptualizes installations, and employs technology to guide the audience in perceiving these concealed layers of significance.

In the ongoing projects, SEI, EN, MI, and GO, CHIKA delves into the intricate relationship between minimalistic structures and human connection, constructing immersive environments that allow the audience to interact with and embody these concepts. She aims to bridge two worlds using interactive technology: the intangible and the tangible, or the conceptual and the physical installation.

The inspiration behind CHIKA's pieces originates from her experiences navigating the contrasting worlds of East and West. In this dual existence, CHIKA keenly observes the disparities and harmonies between the ethereal and the concrete, the invisible and the visible. This exploration spans diverse realms, encompassing the convergence of cutting-edge technology and minimalism, delving into the depths of Japanese philosophy such as Zen, Taoism, and Symbolism, and exploring the domains of visual content, light design, and experimental sound. Growing up amidst the juxtaposition of ancient history and high-tech society, she draws from these stark contrasts to sculpt her artistic vision.

BIO
CHIKA earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts and her MPS from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. As an educator, she holds teaching positions at institutions such as ITP and IMA at NYU, The New School, Hunter College, and Queens College, where she continues to inspire and shape the next generation of creative minds through art and technology. She has also founded the Projection and LED Mapping Workshop called Mappathon™. Through this workshop, she imparts her expertise in mapping techniques and technology, guiding students from conceptualization to the realization of installations and nurturing emerging artists in their development.

Since 2017, she has been on the Paseo Festival Advisory Council and a Designer-in-Residence at the New York Hall of Science from 2020 to 2023. She was a Paseo Artist Resident with the National Endowment for the Arts in 2022, a Visible Future Lab Resident at the School of Visual Arts in 2019, a New Media Resident at Mana Contemporary in 2018, a Harvestworks Workspace Resident, an Elsewhere Artist Resident in 2017, a Bronx Museum AIM Program Resident, a Laboratory Resident, a BRIC Media Arts Fellow, and a Triangle Workshop Resident in 2016. Additionally, she was a Made in NY Media Center by IFP Resident in 2015, an Eyebeam Spring/Summer Resident in 2013, an IAC Teaching and Research Fellow, an ITP Research Resident in 2012, and an Experimental TV Center Resident in 2009.

Her work has been exhibited in the United States and at numerous international venues and festivals. Some notable sites include the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Arts and Design, the New York Hall of Science, the Bronx Museum, Eyebeam, Harvestworks, the Hammer Museum (San Francisco), the San Francisco Art Institute, the Centre d'Art Contemporain (Geneva), the Museo Regional de Guadalajara (Mexico), Matador Madrid (Madrid), the International Biennial of Contemporary Art ULA-2 (Venezuela), the Mapping Festival (Geneva), Mutek (Montreal), the Dumbo Arts Festival, the World of Light (Los Angeles), and Arcadia Earth, among others. Through her exhibitions and innovative approach to art, she continues to captivate and inspire viewers worldwide, pushing the boundaries of creativity and leaving an indelible mark on the artistic landscape.



EDUCATION

MPS   New York University, ITP   NY, USA
BFA    School of Visual Arts, Photography    NY, USA





FELLOWSHIPS
2016    BRIC Media Arts Fellowship    NY USA
2012    IAC Teaching and Research Fellowship    NY USA
             ITP, New York University Fellowship    NY USA

GRANT & FUND
2022   National Endowment Grants    DC USA
2021    FCA Emergency Grants    NY USA
             City Artist Corps Grants    NY USA
2015    New Mexico Art Fund    NM USA
2014    The Manhattan Community Arts Fund    NY USA
2013    FCA Emergency Grants    NY USA
             NYSCA Presentation Funds    NY USA

AWARDS
1994    Rhodes Family Award, School of Visual Arts    NY USA

RESEARCH
2016    Metropolitan Museum Media Lab    NY USA

RESIDENCIES
2020-23    NYSCI Designers-in-Residency    NY USA
2022    Paseo Project    NM USA
2019    VFL Residency    NY USA
2018    Mana Contemporary    NJ USA
2017    Hervestworks Workspace Residency   NY USA
             Elsewhere Artist Residency    NY USA
2016    The Bronx Museum AIM Program Residency    NY USA
              Laboratory Residency    WA USA
              Triangle Workshop Residency    NY USA
2015    Made in NY Media Center by IFP Residency    NY USA
2013    Eyebeam Spring Summer Residency    NY USA
2009   Experimental TV Center Residency    NY USA
ARTIST TALK
2022    The Woman of the World Artist    NY USA
              Kutztown University    Kutztown PA
              IDM NYU    NY USA
              ITP/IMA Grad Launch    NY USA
2021     NowHere Galley    NY USA
              Projection Mapping Association of Japan    TKO. JP
              New York Hall of Science    NY USA
              Governors Island,     NY USA
2020    Potion Design    NY USA
2019     Parsons School of Design    NY USA
2017     Universidad del Desarrollo    Santiago Chile
              Hervestworks    NY USA
              Projection Mapping Association of Japan    TKO JP
              Ramapo Collage    NJ USA
2016    Carrot Creative    NY USA
              Campus Party    Guadalajara MX
              Spokane WAM    WA USA
              FIMA    Morelia MX
2015    Projection Mapping Association of Japan    TKO JP
             Pecha Kucha Taos    NM USA
2014    Zuyd University    NY USA
             Huge    NY USA
             Japan Foundation    NY USA
2013    ITP, NYU NY, USA NYU Gallatin School    NY USA
             NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering    NY USA
             Mappi Festival, Museo de la ciudad, Quito, EC
2012    The Very First Year: Pecha kucha, Eyebeam     NY USA
2010    ESI Design    NY USA
              Apple Store    TKO JP
              Wiki-Sprint Mapping Festival    Geneva
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