2017.07.24 Mon

Participants Announcement

We would like to announce 2 additional participants of Open Port Club -Artist Residency Program, starting from August 30, 2017 in Sapporo.

Berlin Community Radio is an online broadcasting platform based in Berlin, which started BCR [Incubator] project, aiming to find and develop new artists. 4 artists have been selected for this project this year, and they are granted BCR radio residency, release of their own music, and artist promotion. This year BCR has partnered with OPC, and one of the Incubator participants will be invited to an artist residency program in Sapporo city, Japan.

After careful consideration, Jessica Ekomane is selected to be a participant. Jessica Ekomane is a sound artist and musician, born in France and currently based in Berlin. Her practice unfolds around music and sound installations. She creates situations where the sound acts as a transformative element for the space and the audience.

Jessica Ekomane
Jessica Ekomane's practice unfolds around music and sound installations. She creates situations where the sound acts as a transformative element for the space and the audience. This informs her musical compositions which seek a cathartic effect alternating between noise and melody, and playing with our perception of rhythmical structures.

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The third participant has been selected from Hokkaido-based artists through an open call. We had no idea of what kind of artists will apply to this program, by limiting to Hokkaido-based artists. But as a result, we were glad to receive applications from many interesting and promising artists. We thank all of the applicants for applying to our program.

After careful consideration, Why She? (Katsuhiro Shiraki) is selected to be a participant. Why She? was born in Obihiro, a musician/painter based in Sapporo and Niki Town. He lives a dual life between the city and the countryside, where he engages in creative production while plowing fields. His unique lifestyle is based on the concept of “Slow Life.”

Why She? (Katsuhiro Shiraki)
Why She? is a slow artist, based in Hokkaido. His art ranges from composing guitar melodies and electronic music, to painting and drawing. It is hard to fit him into one specific genre, but all of his work embodies the “slow life” philosophy that he lives by.
He spends his long Hokkaido winters alternating between the Sapporo metropolis, and hibernating in his cabin by Yoichi river, where he keeps a tomato farm in the warmer seasons. His music reflects the contrast between these two locations — the bustling city streets that he skates through late at night, vs the tranquility of the nearly untouched nature which he inhabits. That is the essence of Why She? —
His music carries the footprints of the millions of people who saunter through the city, but also those of the bears who wander through the forest. It will send electricity through your veins, but it is a slow electricity. It is upbeat, but you will want to listen to it while taking a nap up in a tree. (by Anil Serpin)

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We hope that Jessica Ekomane, Why She?, and Lyra Pramuk will stimulate each other for the creation of new work.
Stay tuned for Open Port Club -Artist Residency Program, starting from August 30, 2017 in Sapporo.