Profile of Sachiko Kodama

The Japanese artist Sachiko Kodama was born in 1970. Brought up by parents from Kyushu, as a child she spent a lot of time in Kagoshima Prefecture, located in the southernmost part of Japan. This area is rich in tropical flowers and plants, edged by the sea, and washed with warm rain.
Sachiko loved art and literature from an early age, but also had a strong interest in science. At Shimizu-Higashi High School in Shizuoka, she excelled in mathematics and science, then went on to major in physics at Hokkaido University.

She created her first solid work, "Object to be polished" at the age of 22, before entering the University of Tsukuba's Graduate School of Art and Design, where she studied Plastic Arts and Mixed Media. Here she studied under the guidance of Prof. Shunsuke Mitamura, Morio Shinoda, Tatsuo Kawaguchi and Yoichiro Kawaguchi. She was troubled, though, about the apparent gap between her interest in science and engineering and her feelings for art. She produced works using computers and holography, and wrote essays about the relationship between art and technology.

In 2000, Sachiko began work on an interactive art project that she named "Protrude, Flow" using magnetic fluids. The dynamic movement of liquids is the theme of this project; people can interact with the organic shapes of the liquid using their body movements. This project has been in progress since 2000 while she has been working at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo.
The interactive installation piece "Protrude, Flow," created with Minako Takeno, was first shown at the SIGGRAPH 2001 Art Gallery. Since then, her series of works that investigate the aesthetics of original materials have attracted worldwide attention every time they are announced.

image of woks 1994-2006
Solo Exhibitions:

Sachiko Kodama Solo Exhibition / Gallery Kobayashi (Tokyo)
Sachiko Kodama "Breathing Chaos" / Telic Gallery (Los Angeles)
Sachiko Kodama Solo Exhibition "Morpho Tower" / Gallery Sakamaki (Tokyo)

Group Exhibitions(Selected):

The interaction'01: Dialogue with Expanded Images
/ Softpia Japan Center (Gifu Prefecture)
ACA Media Arts Festival Award-winning Works Exhibition
/ Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Tokyo)
program seed /Kyoto Art Center (Kyoto)

Cibervision'02 / Conde Duque Cultural Centre(Madrid)
MoodRiver / WexnerCenter for the Arts(Columbus)
Japan Media Arts Exhibition 2002 /Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing)
Reimagination image/media/museum Fukui Fine Arts Museum (Fukui Prefecture)
ACA Media Arts Festival Award-winning Works Exhibition
/ Aichi Arts Center (Nagoya), Softpia Japan Center, (Gifu Prefecture)
Global Media 2002 exhibit Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Tokyo)


Ars Electronica 2003: CODE---
/ The Language of Our Time Ars Electronica Center(Linz)
**This year, Sachiko gave birth to a baby.
Navigator -- Digital Art in the Making
/ National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taichung)
Time/Space, Gravity, and Light / Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles)


Digital Art Festival Tokyo 2005 / Panasonic Center(Tokyo)
Meta Visual - 10 Anniversaire du Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Centre des Arts d'Enghien-les-Bains(France)
9th Japan Media Arts Festival: Device Art Exhibition 2006
/ Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Tokyo)
Electrical Fantasista / BankART(Yokohama)
Woman's Perspective in New Media / Bitforms Gallery Seoul(Korea)
Competitions and Awards:

Fukui International Media Art Festival (Fukui Prefecture)
Artec'95 International Exhibition (Nagoya)
Artec'97 International Exhibition (Nagoya)
SIGGRAPH 2001 Art Gallery(Los Angeles)
The 5th Media Arts Festival, Agency for Cultural Affairs
, Grand Prize (Digital Art Interactive Division)
The 16th Digital Content Grand Prix, Digital Content Association of Japan
, Art Award Japan Information-Culture Society, Art Award
DIVA2004 (Tokyo)
VIDEOEX2005 International Experimentalfilm & Video Festival (Zurich)
The Ninth Annual MadCat Women's International Film Festival (San Francisco)
2006 SIGGRAPH 2006 Art Gallery (Boston)
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