News from graduate PhD student, Masato Kakinoki 

The Pola Art Foundation was established in May 1996 and works to spread the field of the arts and culture. Its main activities are the support of young artists, such as Masa, research by museum staff members, and support of activities related to international exchange in the field of art.

The grant for Overseas Study, given to Masa enables him to continue producing artworks as a visiting artist from Japan and postdoctoral researcher at Embodied AudioVisual Interaction Research Group (EAVI) at the Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London and Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP), London College of Communication, University of the Arts London for 1 year from the end of May 2018. His mentors will be David Toop (LCC) and Atau Tanaka (Goldsmiths).

Through his study in UK, Masato Kakinoki will explore art, music, sound and the ambiguous points among them. Specifically, he will lead the projects which reflect his interests in the physicality of performance, and contact points and dialogues between different things. Embodied AudioVisual Interaction Research Group is the unique place where body, sound and image meet, thus it is the most appropriate environment for him to deepen his audiovisual improvisation project.

Brief Plan of Study at Embodied AudioVisual Interaction Research Group (EAVI) at Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London:

At Goldsmiths, Kakinoki will actively engage in discussions and collaborations with other researchers and artists from various fields including Computing, Art, Visual Cultures and so on. The facilities such as digital fabrication and physical computing labs, Sonics Immersive Media Laboratory, and the library which has particular strength in art theory and philosophy help his study be more fruitful.

Brief Plan of Study at Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP), London College of Communication, University of the Arts London:

Professor David Toop has always been a leading figure in the fields of sound art and improvisation through his works, performances, writings and curations. Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice is the unique research centre where sound arts practice comes to its focus while being part of University of the Arts London. Kakinoki will actively discuss and collaborate with Professor Toop and other artists/researchers at CRiSAP and the university, in order to broaden and deepen his journey which goes between art and sound. In addition to Professor Toop’s improvisational creativity, his incomparable skill and attitude towards collaborations are what Kakinoki is aiming to learn for his upcoming project where collaborative improvisation and dialogues between different fields would be the key element.

Follow Masa’s work through his website