HAIZUKA O to U ........
by YAMABUKI Yoshihiko 

ODA Takashi  [ Born in 1972, Hyogo, Japan ]
An architect that has been engaged in the realization of the annual summer event "Chikyu", since his initial participation in the Project in 1995.   Since 1998, he has been cooperating with the designing of the characters for the locally supported "Daimonji-Yaki" event.   ODA supports various "artistic activities" performed in the vast Haizuka area at the groundwork level.

OENOKI Jun  [ Born in 1962, Saga, Japan ]
An artist and an engineer who continues to question the framework of media through his activities that include building radios to Internet sites to fulfill his aim of turning media into a device that assist "conviviality". (as described in Tools for Conviviality by Ivan ILLICH, New York, 1973)   "Radio Earthwork" is a project in which OENOKI aired an independent radio program on a radio-wave just on the border of legally authorized band through a transmitter he built with the camp participants.   His program, which included conversations with guest and participants as well as non-mainstream music, was aired throughout the camp period. (1995 Summer Camp Guest Instructor)

OKABE Akiko  [ Born in 1963, Tokyo, Japan ]
An architecture journalist who writes magazine articles and books on architecture and European social conditions.   OKABE has assisted in various activities, one of which is working as a member of the Selection Committee for the artist-in-residence program. (1997 Special Guest)

OKAZAKI Kenjiro  [ Born in 1955, Tokyo, Japan ]
A theoretician whose identity is not so easy to make out from his diverse activities, OKAZAKI is actually an artist who is devoted to the crafting and creation of artworks.   He has given birth to, and supported, the ideas now fundamental to the Haizuka Earthworks Project (also refer to as "Project"), and he continues to provide new ideas as an important member of the Project's brain trust.   At Haizuka, he works on everything from Coastal Improvement Project to the Earthwork Park (ex. "Sunflower project") and railing design plans for the bridge.

ONO Hirohito  [ Born in 1965, Tokyo, Japan ]
An architect who practices in various architectural projects with ideas closely connected to art. (1999 Artist in Residence)

OSHIKA Tomoko  [ Born in 1957, Tokyo, Japan ]
An illustrator famous for Tokyo subway advertisements, as well as book cover designs.   OSHIKA is also an artist unfolding original performances.   Although unrealized since the beginning of the Project, there has been a plan to create local "illustrated characters."   Her original style of putting water-based pen colors over each other to create a soft dimension with somewhat cynical characters is very popular. (1998 Invited Artist)

Gil PERCAL  [ Born in 1960, Kibbutz Nir-David, Israel ]
An architect who worked as an assistant to Dani KARAVAN and is now involved mainly in landscape design art activities.   PERCAL created an artwork which visually marked the total amount of water of reservoir capacity (surcharge water level) of the dam which is normally hidden and not visible.   In his model work, he used chemical light effectively to create a large, mysterious object. (1995 Artist in Workshop)

PH STUDIO  [ Established in 1984 ]
A group of artists and architects who takes a unique approach to expression, by combining art, architecture, and design.   PH STUDIO has been involved with the Project from the outset and their ongoing project "A Story of Building a Ship 1999 - Collecting Woods" and "A Story of Building a Ship 2000 - A House on the Ship" is now well known. (1996 Artists in Workshop)

SATO Tokihiro  [ Born in 1957, Yamagata, Japan ]
An artist who produces large clear photographs with body-like and organic lights that give an illusion to the viewers as if a physical body is actually present.   SATO has used the whole public hall building in Haizuka as a subject for his "camera obscura" work, which was produced in collaboration with camp participants.   He continues to use this work in changing forms in various exhibitions. (1995 Summer Camp Guest Instructor)

SERIZAWA Takashi  [ Born in 1951, Tokyo, Japan ]
Director of P3 Art and Environment, Tokyo
SERIZAWA implements his new way of designing models, by incorporating "art" as an element used in the process of investigating the effect of development plans on the environment.   He is the translator of books such as TETRASCROLL: Goldilocks and The Three Bears (R. Backminster Fuller) The Self-Organizing Universe (Eric Jantsh) and The Starship and the canoe (Kenneth Brower).   (Speaker for 1999 "Zasso" Lecture and Symposium)
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SHINSO Ryutaro 
A historian who study local historical evidence through excavation and related activities.   At the workshop, SHINSO talked on the topics from local history that have cultural significance, such as the difference between Jodo Shinshu and Jodo-shu sects in Buddhism, and the shrines that differentiates other respective religions.   Currently, these historical sites of which he spoke have been relocated, but he continues to excavate and discover historical evidence in his fieldwork activities. (1994 Workshop Guest Instructor)

SHIRAI Mio  [ Born in 1962, Kyoto, Japan ]
An artist who is based in New York.   SHIRAI presents her installations and other artworks through different media.   She has produced many public artworks, and has presented a realistic proposal for the public space in Haizuka. (1996 Summer Camp Guest Instructor)

SUGIMOTO Takashi  [ Born in 1948, Kyoto, Japan ]
A development consultant who had seen the formulation of the plans to improve surrounding of Haizuka dam, even before the Earthworks Project began.   SUGIMOTO's strategic style of speech is astounding to the local government staff.   He is currently negotiating with various parties in the local three towns toward implementation of the enterprises. (1999 Summer Camp Instructor)

SUZUKI Risaku  [ Born in 1963, Wakayama, Japan ]
A photographer who has taken photographs of the Haizuka area since the time the Project was in the cradle, and the houses in the area planned for the dam were relocated.   He shoots in a short period of time and from a unique angle as well as with skilled camerawork, producing very original photographs. (1998 Invited Artist)

TANAKA Fumio  [ Born in 1932, Chiba, Japan ]
TANAKA, a master carpenter, is well versed in every aspect of Japanese architecture, from its researches and analyses to the materials/processing methods, and furthermore, to the practical responses to different situations.   His unassuming mannerism and speech has charmed the staff and participants, and his ability to grasp things structurally and envision the future has astonished everyone involved. (1999 Special Guest)

TAKASHIMA Naoyuki  [ Born in 1951 ]
TAKASHIMA probes art and its role in schools in his critical articles in art magazines.   In this first symposium of the Project, he articulated the potentials of an "earthwork" project, and the responses of the local community to his presentation have been incorporated in the subsequent events in the Project. (1994 Earthwork Symposium Panelist)

TSUDA Yoshinori   [Born in 1961, Kyoto, Japan ]
An artist who investigates and questions the meaning of social systems and objects/systems for exchange.   During the Project, TSUDA created a new TV broadcasting system using a LCD TV ("TV Auto Camp") and program contents with interviews of local residents with his video. (1995 Artist in Workshop)

UENO Toshiya  [ Born in 1962, Miyagi, Japan ]
A critic on subjects related to cultural studies, such as philosophy, sociology, and media.   UENO was invited as a guest for the "Radio Earthwork" program and gave stimulating lectures to participants.   His activities are not limited to writing, and he is involved in other projects that include introducing activist-related network in Amsterdam. (1995 Summer Camp Special Guest)

USHIJIMA Tomoko  [ Born in 1958, Fukuoka, Japan ]
An artist who currently resides in Fukuoka, Kyushu. Enjoying the state of trance while concentrating on her production, USHIJIMA has produced many paintings in mysterious forms.   She is interested in the environment surrounding the artwork, based on her rich experience and many accomplishments in workshops and public art works. (1999 Artist in Residence)