A room that grows buoyant

As buoyancy increases, the force of gravity increases by the same amount. Is it possible, I ask myself, for a work of art to resist this gravity, be auto-nomous, become another, be the body as a sculpture? The balance between resistance against seemingly impossible forces and acceptance of things and matters as they are, gives shape to my work. Through the forms of fragments of furniture and architecture such as a chair, table, lattice or wooden frame, my works provoke physical memories of forms and evoke the viewer’s individual memories. At the same time, while forms consistently remain as fragments, imagined function is suspended, floating around without a destination and blurring the outline of these memories. As you follow the blurred memories beyond the haze, it feels as if you have stepped into a different place, as you become more sensitive to sound, scent, resistance of the air, and colors that you have never been aware of. In this moment, you are likely looking on happenings with a bird’s-eye view more on “your” side, as the amount of buoyancy slightly exceeds that of gravity.
I dislocate mutual rules and assign new relationships to happenings that occur simultaneously in this world, such as history and culture, customs, awareness of flora and fauna, and the physical phenomena between tangible and intangible things. I reverse and mix things—including concepts—that by rights ought to be on the reverse, reflect things in mirrors, or peel away related meanings to let things themselves start a dialogue in different contexts. Different languages are translated, folded and layered with fictions and realities in a moment that leads us to a world in which they are equated. I want “you” to imagine “me” inside you, and I from here, I want “me” to imagine “you.”
1979 Born in Tokyo, Japan

Educations
2003 B.F.A. in Metal Carving, Department of Crafts, Tokyo University of the Arts
2005 M.F.A. in Woodworking, Tokyo University of the Arts
2008 Ph.D. Tokyo University of The Arts
2008–2011 Worked as an assistant lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
2011–2013 Worked as a lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
2009–2013 Worked as a lecturer at Chiba University, Chiba, Japan
2013 Fellowship under the Pola Art Foundation Overseas Study Programme
2013 Visiting scholar at Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany
2013 Participates in the International Studio Programme in Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2015–2016 Fellowship under the Japan Government Overseas Research Programme
Currently Lives and works in Berlin and Tokyo

Thesis
2008 Scenery of “fluctuation”, Tokyo University of the Arts

Grants & Awards
2022 NEUSTART KULTUR / Stiftung Kunstfonds, Germany
2020 Exhibition grant from Nomura Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
2019 Exhibition grant from Nomura Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
2016 Award of the Cultural Center of Belgrade, 56th October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia
2015 Fellowship under the Japanese Government Overseas Research Programme, Agency for Cultural Affairs
2013 Exhibition grant from Nomura Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
2013 First prize, New Artists Exhibition, Kawaguchi City Art Gallery ATLIA
2013 Fellowship under the Pola Art Foundation Overseas Study Programme, Tokyo, Japan
2010 Selected artist, Toyota Art Competition 2010, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art
2005 Cum laude, Salon du Printemps prize, Tokyo University of the Arts

Residencies
2023 National Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA), Seoul, Korea
2022 UNBOUND, Berlinklusion, Berlin, Germany
2014 Danish Art Workshops・SVFK, Copenhagen, Denmark
2014 MALT AIR, Ebeltoft, Denmark
2013 International Studio Programme in Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Solo Exhibitions
2022 The wind blows in, Daiwa foundation Japan House Galley, London, UK
2020 A warm trail, M100, Odense, Denmark
2019 Your Voice, Echoed, Cultural Center of Belgrade Art Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia
2014 On the Floor, Behind the Window, Künstlerhaus Bethanien・Exhibition Spaces, Berlin, Germany
2014 Exhibition of Upcoming Artists 2014, ATLIA, Kawaguchi Art Gallery, Kawaguchi, Japan
2011 Statements from Galleries "Focusing on a new generation in Tokyo 2011:
2011 Replaying the World – The Understanding of Life, gallery 21yo-j, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Touching Uncertainty, SKKY | iTohen, Osaka, Japan
2011 Solo Exhibition, feel art zero 0, Aichi, Japan
2009 between here and there, SAN-AI GALLERY +contemporary art, Tokyo, Japan
2007 MARUZEN Nihonbashi shopwindow, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Scenery of the fluctuation − Transparent complex −, GALLERY HANA, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions
2023 My name is..., National Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA)Changdong, Seoul, Korea
2023 To/From, Kommunale Galerie Berlin, Germany
2023 Kula Ring: Archipelago of Stories, Factory2, Seoul, Korea
2023 The Space Between | Berlinklusion, CLB Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2022 15 MIN OF FAME - Action for BerlinArtWeek, Berlin, Germany
2019 Short short of the something long, (PLACE) by method, CIRCLE, Tokyo
2021 PLAY MUSEUM, Schmuck2, Gutspark, Glashagen Hof, HOCHsitz, Retschow, Germany
2019 Pump up the Volume, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
2019 21st DOMANI - The Art of Tomorrow, The National Art Center, Tokyo
2018 Neighborhood Seen through Art, Community Engagement Program, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2017 The Other Face of the Moon, Asia Culture Center (ACC), Gwangju, South Korea
2016 56th October Salon - The Pleasure of Love, Belgrade City Museum, Belgrade, Serbia
2016 Sie müssen keine Meinung haben, seien Sie einfach nur schön!, SCHAU FENSTER, Berlin, Germany
2016 Contiguous notes - Asako Shiroki & Liv Strand, Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2015 evergreen, AXIS Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2015 E&Y edition HORIZONTAL Fill by Asako Shiroki, DESIGN MUSEUM, London
2015 Pola Museum Annex Exhibition 2015, Pola Museum Annex, Tokyo, Japan
2015 Seeing from Wood, Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center, Taiwan
2014 Friends with Books: Art Book Fair Berlin, Café Moskau, Berlin, Germany
2014 Schwarze Sauberei, tête, Berlin, Germany
2014 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art – Time for Dreams, The Museum of Moscow, Moscow
2014 Sputnik Auction, Commune246, MIDORI.SO, Tokyo, Japan
2014 Statements from Galleries "Focusing on a new generation in Tokyo 2014, gallery 21yo-j, Tokyo, Japan
2013 Berlin Art Week, Open Studios, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2013 10th Anniversary Special exhibitions, SKKY | iTohen, Osaka, Japan
2013 Exhibition of Upcoming Artists, Kawaguchi City Art Gallery ATLIA, Saitama, Japan
2012 Statements from Galleries Focusing on a New Generation in Tokyo 2012, gallery 21yo-j, Tokyo, Japan
2012 Faculty Exhibition, The University Art Museum, The Tokyo University of the Arts, The Chinretsukan Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Immediate Issue, CSID showroom Medamothi, Combremont-Le-Petit, Switzerland
2011 Statements from Galleries Focusing on a New Generation in Tokyo 2011, Gallery Natzuka b.p, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Skin&Map II: “Ways to approach Memory and Time”, Shinjuku Ophthalmologist Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2011 39ART Nezumi kou, RED CUBE Project Room, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Hitotoki, the former villa of Denbe Kamiya, Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan
2010 Asia Art Fairnale, Haslla Art World Museum, Gangneung, South Korea
2010 Tokyo Art Meeting - Transformation - Tokyo Geidai Trans Weeks, Tokyo, Japan
2010 Temporary modern art museum,Former Fukawa Elementary School, Ibaragi, Japan
2010 Small Size Works – Statements from Galleries Focusing on a New Generation in Tokyo 2010, Gallery Natzuka b.p, Tokyo, Japan
2010 A Chair Taking Shape, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan
2010 Toyota Art Competition 2010, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
2009 Nakanojo Biennale 2009, Gunma, Japan
2009 message, Wacoal Art Center − Spiral, Tokyo, Japan
2009 From ○ to □, Geidai Art Plaza, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Day by day - daily・journey・dream, Children Museum, Chiba, Japan
2006 Japan – Korea Academic Exchange, Chung-ang University and Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
2006 DIVISION – Related Paragraph, SAN-AI GALLERY+contemporary art, Tokyo, Japan
2005 From Wood by Hands, Torindo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2005 International Exhibition, Daegu University, Daegu, South Korea

Public talks
2023 Artist Talk, Seeing the world through your eyes, moderated by Bora Hong, National Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA), Seoul, Korea
2022 Artist Talk, MALT AIR, Maltfabrikken, Ebeltoft, Denmark
2018 Artist Talk, Asako Shiroki & Ellen Greig, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, UK
2020 Podcast program "New theory of miscellaneous goods", Kokuyo Center for Field Research
2019 21st DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow, At the end of Heisei period in Roppongi & Gallery Talk, The National Art Center, Tokyo
2018 Thinking about the relationship between art and the city, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2018 At the Western furniture store for your imagination, Kazama Building, Mori Building・Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2014 Artist Talk, Kawaguchi City Art Gallery ATLIA, kawaguchi, Japan
2012 PARTY #2 " good / gender / Galapagos" , CAMP, Gsgp Artcenter Junbishitsu
2009 Making works − Creation, Evaluation, and Market − YOON Heechang × SHIROKI Asako, AIT, Tokyo, Japan
2008 Asking about the sensibility, Gifu Academy of Forest Science and Culture, Gifu, Japan

Workshops
2022 UNBOUND, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2022 UNBOUND, Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin, Germany
2012 Making a chair – The place for changing the world, Nerima art Museum, Tokyo
2007 Strike while the iron is hot, Children Museum, Chiba, Japan

Publications
2023 homework project by REGENERATIVE CIRCLE, Goldwin, Spiber, Tokyo 2022 Interview, Poetry of absence - Asako Shiroki & David Elliott, Website of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, UK
2020 Exhibition booklet "A warm trail", M100, Odense, Denmark
2019 Exhibition booklet "Your Voice, Echoed", Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Serbia
2019 Exhibition Catalog "21st DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow", The National Art Center Tokyo, Tokyo
2018 Allotment Art Magazine Vol3. , ALLOTMENT
2017 Monthly art magazine Wolganmisool Vol.395, Published by Wolganmisool, South Korea
2017 Exhibition Catalog "The Other Face of the Moon", Asia Culture Center (ACC), Gwangju, South Korea
2016 "The 56th October Salon - The Pleasure of Love", The Cultural Center Of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
2016 Craft 02, Published by Modern Craft Council, Japan
2016 ELLE DECOR Japan June, 2016, Japan
2016 SHOTENKENCHIKU January, 2016, Text by Takahiro Tsuchida, Published by SHOTENKENCHIKU, Japan
2015 Online Magazine – FIGARO・jp, Text by Noriko Kawakami,MEDIA HOUSE, Japan
2015 Online Magazine – CASA BRUTUS, Text by Takahiro Tsuchida, Magazine World, Japan
2014 Be Magazine #21, Text by Wolf Jahn, Published by Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2014 KUNSTFORUM #228, Text by David Elliott and Von Heinz-Norbert Jocks, Germany
2014 Exhibition Catalog "A TIME FOR DREAMS", National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) Moscow, Russia
2014 Catalog – ASAKO SHIROKI “On the Floor, Behind the Window”, Published by Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2014 Text by Keisuke Mori, Savannah Gorton, Nora Mayr
2014 Art Magazine – PANEL, Vienna Austria
2013 Interview – Website "SHIFT"
2013 Interview – Website "Young Germany Japan" Managed by German embassy
2013 Catalog – ASAKO SHIROKI "REPLAYING THE WORLD" Published by Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2011 Thinking note “Skin & Map” Text by Sayako Mizuta
2011 Exhibition Catalog “Hitotoki” Chiba City Museum of Art, Text by Shingo Jinno
2011 Conductor’s Temperament by Hikotaro Yazaki (Book cover), Shunjusya Pablishing Company
2010 “Katachi”, shapes by Asako Shiroki – shapes as interface, Text by Yuki Sasaki