Creative Collaborators

Auraeus Solito (Philippines), Filmmaker/Director, A man of two worlds, coming from a lineage of the ancient Palawanon shamans and growing up in the heart of Manila, amidst the slums- Auraeus Solito’s films reflect these diverse aspects of his being and environment. His feature films “Basal Banar (Sacred Ritual of Truth, 2002)”; “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, 2005),” “Tuli (Circumcision 2005-2006)”; and “Pisay (Philippine Science, 2007)” have been screened and won awards in major festivals around the world including Berlin, Sundance, Montreal, Pusan, Toronto and Rotterdam. He is the first Filipino to make it to the premiere independent film festival in the world, the SUNDANCE Film Festival, two years in a row. Aureus finished a new film entitle “BoY”  and just  received a 6 month script development fellowship at the Binger-Film-Lab in Amsterdam”. He is also known for his tribal name Kanakan-Balintagos: coming-of- age- filmmaker ,a world bridger and  a hunter of truth.

Benedicto Cabrera (Philippines), National Artists for Visual Arts , or BenCab, as he is more popularly known is widely hailed as a master of contemporary Philippine art. He was born in Manila on April 10, 1942. BenCab began carving a niche for himself in Manila’s art circles shortly after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines in 1963. A painter and printmaker, he has exhibited widely in the Philippines and in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He has won several major art awards in a career spanning four decades. In 1992, he received the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining (Cultural Center of the Philippines Award for the Arts).  In 2006, he was conferred the Order of National Artist for Visual Arts by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Malacanan Palace.  His works have been the subject of three books, Ben Cabrera: Etchings (1970-1980) by Cid Reyes; Bencab’s Rock Sessions by Eric Caruncho; and BENCAB by Alfred Yuson and Cid Reyes.

Chiyo Ogino (Japan), Choreographer/Dancer, has been working with of Monochrome Circus since 1996. She has performed extensively with the company and participated in the “Harvest Festival” series that presents works in non-conventional theatres such as private residences, schools, temples, welfare institutions, over 200 times. Apart from working locally, Chiyo has participated in residencies and international collaborations in France, South Korea, Portugal and Poland.

She is also considered as one of the first contact improvisers in Japan. In 2003, Chiyo co-founded “Twin Widows” with Yuka Saeki. Through her experiences, Chiyo is currently researching on universal senses starting with the thematic approach on “love.”

Diwa de Leon (Philippines), Composer/Musician, is a professional composer and arranger specializing in film, television and stage music. His most notable works include the “Survivor Philippines theme music”, the film score of Raymond Red’s “Himpapawid”, the modernized sarsuela, “Ang Kiri” preformed by Dulaang UP, and various compositions for his world music band, Makiling.

In, 2008 he won “Best Music Score” at the Cinema One Originals Awards for his original music for the film “Kolorete”. He finished his Bachelor of Music degree, Major in Composition and Minor in Violin at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He is also the valedictorian of Philippine High School for the Arts batch 1997 where he majored in Visual Arts. His other interests include blogging, gaming and producing Youtube videos.

Lirio Salvador (Philippines), New Media Installation Artist/Musician – a native of the Philippines, he has created a number of experimental instruments based on his own concept of ethno-industrial art/music. Lirio’s works reflect his thinking that its all about the merging of his native oriental culture and the present industrial environment that is slowly corrupting his native land. He creates his assemblage of musical instruments using day-to-day materials that are found in his environment, including bicycle gears, drain cleaning springs and stainless steel tubes. He attempts to integrate music, performance art, sculpture, and audio art, all into one. His band Elemento produces oriental industrial noises and experimental music using his own instruments that include strings, electronics, winds and percussion.

Mayumi Okabayashi (Japan/Germany), Visual and Installation Artist
At the heart of her art lies a paradox between objectivity and an emotional fluidity. Composed of multiple transparent layers, her filigree networks of waves, ripples, roots or nerves appear at once clearly structured, yet the eye picks up subtly alternating patches of activity, focus and colour. Frequently working with mixed media and large installations, Mayumi Okabayashi plays with this third dimension even in her drawings and paintings – the forms invariably reaching and radiating out well beyond the work’s physical edges, often leading to a macro-series of interconnecting panels.

As a Japanese artist active for more than a decade in Germany, Mayumi Okabayashi straddles two worlds – her work is informed by a core-dissonance between vastly incongruent societies – a resonance between one culture’s insistence on categorical precision and the other’s reverence for ambiguity. This constant background noise fuels Mayumi Okabayashi’s exploration of ‘melting polarities’ – elements which masquerade as opposites – but that are actually intuitively connected or various embodiments of the same thing. Series such as “Verschmelzung” and “Ten” examine these tensions cyclically over implied time.

Nine Yamamoto-Masson (France/Japan/Germany), Filmmaker – Her international activities are rooted in her upbringing: Of Japanese and French parents, Nine Yamamoto-Masson was born in the Netherlands, grew up in France and Germany, and studied in Paris, Berlin, New York and Tokyo. She studied History of Art and Philosophy at Paris Sorbonne and gained her masters in English Literature (with a focus on Postcolonial Cultural Studies) in 2004, and her postgraduate Studies in Critical Studies (with a focus on contemporary art) and Philosophy at Berlin’s Humboldt University.

She has been active in the art circuit since 2003, when she was part of the production team of the Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin festival, which established a international creative dialogue and has since expanded to also include Madrid. Nine was gallery manager of an established, internationally active Berlin-Based gallery from 2005 to 2008 and conducted a large part of their international collaborations and activities abroad, co-curating group exhibitions and publications. From 2007 to 2008, she was co-director and curator of the art space Center Berlin, which exhibits young artists and helped launch many careers (Tris Vonna-Mitchell, Michelle Di Menna, Bradley Benedetti, Thomas Kratz). In 2003, she was on the production team of a documentary film on women in science, and has produced and co-directed her first full-length documentary film on war photographers in 2007. She is currently producing and co-directing her second feature documentary film on Japanese contemporary mythologies of nature with the participation of Professor Nakazawa Shinichi (Tokyo Tama Art University). As an artist, she has exhibited in Paris and Berlin.

Shunsuke Francois Nanjo (Japan/France), Visual and Installation Artist

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Shunsuke’s work is focused on the concept of trans-culture employing varied media such as photography, painting, video and installation. Having exhibited in Europe, US and Asia, He is drawn towards experimentation and exploration of personal memories and myths contained in spaces or given environment. Shunsuke uses different elements of his work as tools to invite his audiences to look at different points of view questions while constantly posting questions “Where are we from? Where are we heading to?”
Shunsuke lives and works in Tokyo and Paris.

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