Biography

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Filmmaker

Hiroya Sakurai

Born in Yokohama,Japan in 1958

Live in Uji city ,Kyoto

Education

1983-1985 University of Tsukuba [ M.F.A.], Ibaraki

1979-1983 Musashino Art University, Tokyo

Professional Experience

1989-2001 Film making at Center for Environmental Art Center; President: Prof. Katsuhiro Yamaguchi

 

Teaching

2012 to present  Professor, Department of Design, Seian University of Art and Design, Shiga

2003-2012           Associate Professor, Department of Design, Seian University of Art and Design, Shiga

 

Academic Organization

A member 0f Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences

Public Collections

The Getty Center, Los Angeles

The National Gallery of Canada

 

Prizes & Awards

2020

Awarded at “The Artists Forum Festival of the Moving Image 2020 ” in New York as follows.

"Best Experimental Short"
"Best Sound Design"
"Best Cinematography"
"2020 Jurors Award"

"Night Award" at 18th  Festival international Signes de Nuit (Signs of the Night) ,Paris. 

"Best Experimental Film" award at“7th Fine Arts Film Festival" in Venice,Los Angeles,USA

 

2019
"Best in Experimental Film" at Art Quake Kyoto 2019, Japan Creativity Biennale, Kyoto
"Jury Prize for Cinematic Art, Experimental Film" at Art Quake Kyoto 2019, Japan Creativity Biennale, Kyoto
"Best Experimental Film" at The 4th Solaris Film Festival, Nice, France
"Best Environmental Film" at The Fresh Stream Experimental Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA

"First Runner Up, Best Organic Experimental Short Award" at The 22nd Denver Underground Film Festival, USA

 

2018
"No Violence Award" at The 56th Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA
“Audience Choice Award for Best Experimental Film” and “Best International Film” at The 6th Moonrise Film Festival in Canada
"Special Mention" at BIDEODROMO 2018 International Experimental Film and Video Festival in Bilbao, Spain
"Special Jury Mention" at The 30th Girona Film Festival in Girona, Spain
"Honorable Mention" at The 6th VAFA International Video Art Festival in Macau
"Honorable Mention" at The 13th Arica Nativa International Rural Film Festival in Arica, Chile

"Honorable Mention" at The International Film Festival with Alternative Media (FICMA) in Mexico

2017
"Grand Prize" at The 39th Tokyo Video Festival 2017 in Tokyo
"Special Jury Prize" at The 7th International Videoart Festival of Camaguey in Cuba
"2nd Prize of FILE Video Art Award" at "The 18th FILE 2017" in São Paulo.
"The finalist" at BIDEODROMO International Experimental Film and Video Festival in Bilbao, Spain

 

2016
"Asolo Award the Best Videoart Work" at "The 35th Asolo Art Film Festival", Italy
"The Best International Experimental Short Film - Eisenstein Award" at "The 12th Blow-Up Arthouse International Film Festival", Chicago

 

1993
"Grand Prix of Locarno City " at "The 4th Locarno Video Festival", Museum of Cannobio, Switzerland

One-Person Exhibitions

 

2018 "The Stream, Hiroya Sakurai" Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell, Australia
1992 "Radical Chip Contemporary Art from Japan, Hiroya Sakurai", Chapter Art Center, Cariff, UK

1985 "Hiroya Sakurai", Video Gallery Scan, Tokyo

 

Group Exhibition


2020

"The 18° Festival Internacional Signes da Noite ",Lisbon 
"24th International Underwater Film Festival",Belgrade, Serbia 
"ALTERNATIVE FILM/VIDEO 2020",Belgrade,Serbia 
“5th The International Film with Alternative Media Festival”,Mexico City
“6th Festival Video nodoCCS 2020 ”,Norway 
"33ème édition du festival Les Instants Vidéo",Marseille,France 
"18th Festival international Signes de Nuit (Signs of the Night)",Paris. 
"The Artists Forum Festival of the Moving Image 2020",New York
“15th Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market”,Japan
“5th Buskopolis Festival of Cinematic Oddities”,Pennsylvania, USA
“23rd Antimatter [media art]”,Victoria BC, Canada
“32nd Girona Film Festival” in Girona, Spain
"13th Mosaic World Film Festival",Rockford, USA
"10th International Video Art Festival Now&After",Moscow
"24th Rhode Island International Film Festival",Rhode Island ,USA 
“4th MalatestaShort Film Festival",Cesena, Italy 
"7th Fine Arts Film Festival" in Venice,Los Angeles,USA
"4th Festival ECRÃ"in Rio de Janeiro
"Visions in the Nunnery 2020 | P2 Nye Thompson ”,Nunnery Gallery,London
"The Sound And Vision International Film & Technology Festival",The Producers Club, New York
"2nd Spectral Film Festival",Wisconsin,USA
“IMAGE PLAY ►International Video Art Festival - II Edition ”,Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre in Portugal 
“Over The Real - Festival Internazionale Videoarte” Lucca, Italy 
"HOT STEAM 03",Cambridge Community Television ,Massachusetts,USA  
"4th Solaris Film Festival",Viena, Austria 
"16th ATHENS DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL",Greece 
"SPLICE Film Fest",Brooklyn,New York
"MADATAC XI -The Biennial of New Digital Media Art",Madrid
“8th The Magikal Charm Experimental Video & Film Festival",Dolby 88 Screening Room,New York
"The Fresh Stream Experimental Film Festival 2020",Los Angeles,USA

 

2019
"FILE-2019 (Electronic Language International Festival) in the SESI Gallery of Art, Sao Paulo
"37th Asolo Film Festival", Italy
"31st Girona Film Festival”, Spain
"Media Companion", Woosuk Gallery, Seoul National University, Seoul
"Media Facade exhibition, Poetic Light", Asia Culture Center (ACC), Gwanju, Korea
"Mirada efímera: ciclo audiovisual experimental", Buenos Aires Contemporary Art Museum, Argentine
"4th Solaris Film Festival", Nice, France
"9th Cairo Video Festival", Egypt
"PROYECTOR2019, Festival de Videoarte,12th edition", Madrid, Spain
"The Dallas Medianale 2019" in the Latino Cultural Center, Dallas, USA
"The Black Box Short Film Festival", Switzerland
"Art Quake Kyoto 2019, Japan Creativity Biennale", Kyoto
"Alternative Film/Video 2019", Belgrade, Serbia
"International Panorama: Videoart & Experimental Cinema", Florianópolis, Brazil
"Visions of Sound, Istanbul Experimental", Ankara, Turkey
“Vital Signs, a live art event, sound art and music in Tuscany", Italy
"International Video Art Festival Now&After", Novosibirsk, Russia
"Festival ECRÃ", The Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro
"NEW CENTURY / NEW MATERIALS, Current Art Trends, Science and Technology", Heritage Gallery, Whitinsville, MA,USA
"12th STRANGLOSCOPE, Experimental Film, Audio & Performance International Festival" Florianópolis, Brazil
"12th Mosaic World Film Festival", Rockford, USA
"The Unseen Festival 2019", Counterpath, Denver, USA
"The Pile of Bones Underground Film Festival", Saskatchewan, Canada
"INTERRUPTED, the international video art program, New Mills Festival 2019", UK
"6th Proceso de Error - Festival Internacional de Video Experimental ", Chile
"10th Alexandre Trauner ART / FILM Festival", Hungary
"VOL #1 of International Panorama" in "6th Cine Tornado Festival", Brazil
"CONNECT -International Videoarts Festival", University of Tampa, USA
"15th Festival Transterritorial de Cine Underground", Tigre City, Argentina
"The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale", In Absentia Digital Pavilion, Italy
"The International Film with Alternative Media Festival, FICMA 2019", Mexico city
"10th Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival 2019", Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

"GREEN AROUND, South Sour Water Performance and Visual Art Festival", Greenhouse of Taipei Youth Park, Taiwan
"23rd International Underwater Film Festival", Belgrade, Serbia
"Interrupted-a Program of International Experimental Video Art", The Fire House Cultural Center, Florida, USA
"Spectral Film Festival", IDEA Center, USA

"MOVING-IMAGE-ARTS International Short Film Festival", Ryerson University School of Image Arts, Toronto
"The 2019 West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival", USA
"Ibrida Film Festival", Italy

"21st NCCC Film & Animation Festival", USA
"Twisted Oyster Film Festival & New Media Art 2019", Kefalos Municipal Theater, Greece

"PER FORMA. vol.3", Kamenny Island Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia
"Braziers Mini Indi Film Festival", Braziers Park, South Oxfordshire, UK

 

2018
"56th Ann Arbor Film Festival", Michigan Theater, USA
"21st Japan Media Arts Festival", The National Art Center, Tokyo
"Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival ", The Horse Hospital, London
"23rd Split Film Festival ", Croatia
"12th San Francisco Frozen Film Festival”, Roxie Theater and Piano Fight, San Francisco
"22nd International Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA", Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Serbia
"30th Girona Film Festival", Girona, Spain
"28th International Film Festival «Message to Man»", St. Petersburg, Russia
"2018 Short Film Corner”,The 71st Festival de Cannes,France

"11th International Screening of Video Art TIME is Love Screening", CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK
"17th Innsbruck Nature Film Festival 2018", Austria
"Magikal Charm Experimental Video & Film Festival 2018", the Anthology Film Archives, New York

"11th Mosaic World Film Festival”, Rockford, IL, USA
"OFF THE WALL 2018", Madison, USA
"Strano Film Festival”, Capestrano, Italy
"11th Strangloscope, Experimental Film, Audio & Performance International Festival", Florianópolis, Brazil
"BIDEODROMO 2018 International Experimental Film and Video Festival", Bilbao, Spain
"3rd Pile of Bones Underground Film Festival", Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
"16th The International Festival SIGNES DE NUIT (SIGNS OF THE NIGHT)", Paris
"21st Antimatter [Media Art]", Deluge Contemporary Art, Canada
"aDifferent festival", Milwaukee, USA
"Now&After International Video Art Festival 2018", Moscow
"11th International Screening of Video Art TIME is Love Screening", Malta
“The 6th Moonrise Film Festival”, Canada

 

2017
"17th Media Art Biennale WRO 2017 Draft Systems", The White Stork Synagogue, Wroclaw, Poland

"18th FILE 2017 São Paulo", FIESP Cultural Center, São Paulo
"The 8th Dallas Medianale", Dallas Contemporary, Dallas
"21st International Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA ", Novi Sad, Serbia
"7th International Videoart Festival of Camaguey", Cuba
"Doc Turku", Bar Ö, Finland
"19th NCCC Film & Animation Festival", Sanborn, USA
"Mr. Mov Video Art Festival, Brescia", Italy
"OFF THE WALL 2017", Madison, USA
"13th International Independent Film Festival Mar del Plata", Mar del Plata, Argentine
"10th Mosaic World Film Festival", Rockford, USA
"3rd Experimental Superstars", Novi Sad, Serbia
"2nd Retransmisión: Independent Film & Video Show", León, Mexico
"BIDEODROMO 2017 International Experimental Film and Video Festival", Bilbao, Spain

"Dobra-International Experimental Film Festival", Rio de Janeiro
"BlackBox Short Film Festival", Aarau, Switzerland
"The Blue Magpie Experimental Film Series", Taiwan
"Tokyo Video Festival Archives", 5th Kamata Film Festival", Tokyo
"20th Antimatter Media Art" in Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria, Canada
"Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image 2017", Spool Contemporary Art Space, St. Johnson City, USA

"12th Festival Internacional de Cine Arica Nativa", Chile
"WRO on TOUR #7", Leipzig, Germany
"The International Film Festival with Media Alternative", Mexico City

"Fincortex-International Experimental Short Film Festival 2017", Colombia

2016
"39th Tokyo Video Festival 2017", Tokyo
"35th Asolo Art Film Festival", Italy
"33rd Tehran International Short Film Festival", Iran
"20th International video festival VIDEOMEDEJA", Museum of Contemporary Art, Vojvodine, Novi Sad, Serbia
"Festival de Cine Experimental de Bogotá / Cine Autopsia 2016", Colombia
"Stockholm Experimental and Animation Film Festival ", Bio Rio, Stockholm
"12th Fonlad Digital Art Festival", Estúdio dois – Galerias Avenida, Coimbra, Portugal
"7th Video Art Event, Magic Mirror ", Museum of Ţǎrii Crişurilor, Romania and The gallery [.BOX] Videoart Project space, Milan, Italy
"Short Circuit Shorts / Going Natural", London

"Experimental Superstars", Brod teatar, Novi Sad, Serbia "CINESONIKA 5", Ball State University, Muncie Indiana, USA

"Experimental Video Showcase Intermediations 2016", Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

"Proyector Festival: A special representation of Fonlad Festival", Auditorio Alcalá 31, Madrid

"Underneath the floorboards", Haunt, London
"London Experimental Film Festival", Container Gallery, University of East London

"19th Antimatter [Media Art]", Deluge Contemporary, Victoria BC, Canada

"VideoFest2K16", Teatro del Estado, Mexicali, Mexico
"12th Blow-Up Arthouse International Film Festival", Chicago
"Alternative Film/Video 2016"Academic Film Center, Belgrade
"Fincortex-International Experimental Short Film Festival 2016", Museo Casa Cultural Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, Colombia
"20th International Underwater Film Festival", Yugoslav Film Archive, Belgrade
"aDifferent festival", Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee
"MagikalCharm Experimental Video Festival 2017", Anthology Film Archives, New York

"#PostFutureJourney", Athens International Airport, Greece

"The 7th West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival”, Morgantown, USA

"The 6th Swedenborg Film Festival", Swedenborg Hall, London
"Usurp Zone5 Film Festival in the India", Habitat Centre, New Delhi
"Festival de Cine Experimental de Bogotá / Cine Autopsia 2016", Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Colombia
"International Short Film Festival Parachute Light Zero III Edition", L’improviste Péniche Jazz, Paris

"Short Circuit Shorts / Going Natural", Presuming Ed, London

2015
"58th San Francisco International Film Festival", Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, San Francisco

"14th Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival", Cinématographe, Switzerland
“11th Athens Digital Arts Festival", Historic Centre of Athens, Athens
"Alternative Film/Video 2014", Belgrade

"The 6th West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival", Morgantown, USA

"IVAHM International Video-art festival Art House Madrid"
"International Nature Film Festival 2015 Gödöllő", Riding Hall of the Royal Palace, Hungary

"10th Montreal Underground Film Festival", Micro Cinema, Montreal
"Usurp Zone5 Film Festival", Usurp Art Gallery, London
"BIDEODROMO International Experimental Film and Video Festival", Bilbao Arte Art Production Center, Spain
"18th Antimatter [Media Art]", Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria BC, Canada
"13th International Festival Signes de Nuit", Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, France

"19th International Underwater Film Festival", Belgrade
"Addis Video Art festival" the guest screenings by IVAHM, Museum of Modern Art, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
"Fincortex-International Experimental Short Film Festival", Colombia
"10th The Experiments in Cinema v10.T36", Albuquerque, USA
"Usurp Zone5 Film Festival", Usurp Art Gallery, London
"6th Strange Beauty Film Festival", Shadowbox Studio, Durham, USA
"6th Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival", Malaysia
"24th International Film Festival Message To Man", Velikan Film Centre, Saint Petersburg
"13th Innsbruck Nature Film Festival", Leokino Cinema, Austria

2014
"VIDEOFEST2K14, Bienal Internacional de Video y Cine Contemporáneo", Mexico
"18th International Underwater Film Festival", Belgrade
"SE23.mov", The Montage Gallery, London

2013
"62nd Melbourne International Film Festival", The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne

 

2012
"Aqua Passage", Shiga Citizens' Theatre for the Arts, Kusatsu, Japan

2007
"Postwar Art in Japan", The Getty Center, Los Angeles

 

2006
"Retrospective Exhibition of the Early Video Art”, Gallery Yada, Nagoya

 

2002
"ISEA2002,11th International Symposium on Electronic Art-The Early Works of Video Art in Japan”, Nagoya Port Building, Nagoya

 

2000
"Project MAO+”, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
"Shunsuke Mitamura & <Plastic Arts and Mixed Media> Dispatch from TSUKUBA 2000”, Tsukuba. Museum of Art, Ibaraki

1999
"Fukui Biennale 8”, Phoenix Plaza, Fukui

 

1998
"Visual Development of Photographic Image", National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kwachon, Korea

 

1997
"The 5th International Biennale in Nagoya-Artec'97", Nagoya City Science Museum, Nagoya

1994
"Image Foram Festival 1994", Seed Hall, Tokyo
"Oberhausen Short Film Festival", Municipal Gallery, Oberhausen

 

1993
"Discussion of Technology Art Creativity Vol.1", Kawasaki City Museum

"Image Foram Festival 1993", Seed Hall, Tokyo
"The 4th Locarno Video Festival", Museum of Cannobio, Switzerland

1992
"Image Foram Festival 1992", Seed Hall, Tokyo

"Videonale 5", Japan Culture Institute, Cologne, Germany

1991
"Artist in Yokohama", Yokohama Civic Gallery

"Image Foram Festival 1991", Seed Hall, Tokyo

1990
"Image Foram Festival 1990", Seed Hall, Tokyo
"Imaginarium 1 ", Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo

1989
"The 4th Contemporary Art Festival-Moving Images Now", The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Toyama
"Europalia'89 Japan Festival "New Tools New Images", Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Belgium
"High Technology Art Exhibition in X'mas", Ginza Gallery Nakazawa, Tokyo

1988
"Japan Now, Sweden Now", Culture House, Stockholm
"Fukui International Video Biennale 1988", Fukui Museum, Fukui
"8th Hara Annual", Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
"The Video Installations in the Tape", Video Gallery Scan, Tokyo
"Japanese Video Today", Auckland City Art Gallery Auditorium, New Zealand

"High Technology Art Exhibition of Japan", Museum of Taiwan, Taiwan

 

1987
"5th Asian American International Video Festival", New York
"La Nuit de la Photo", Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Suisse

"Worldwide Video Festival 1987", Kijukhuis, Holland
"2nd Australian Video Art Festival", Sydney
"Icons in Contemporary Art", Museum of Modern Art Saitama, Saitama

 

1986
"4th Asian American International Video Festival", New York

"Scanners", Air Gallery, London
"International High Technology Art 1986", Tokyo
"1st Australian Video Art Festival", Sydney
"Video Cocktail III", Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

"2nd Videonale", Bonn, Germany

1985
"Video Cocktail II", NEWZ Gallery, Tokyo
"Worldwide Video Festival 1985 ", Kijukhuis, Holland

"Continuum'85", Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

 

1984
"15th International Art Exhibition of Japan", Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Kyoto Municipal Art Museum
"Video Cocktail I", Komai Gallery, Tokyo
"AFI International Video Festival", American Film Institute, Los Angeles
"Scan'84 Autumn", Video Gallery Scan, Tokyo

1983
"0ttawa International Video Art Festival", Saw Gallery, Canada

"Video Art Exhibition", Fukuoka Municipal Art Museum, Fukuoka

"Scan'83 Autumn", Video Gallery Scan, Tokyo
"1983 Asian American International Video Festival", New York

1982
"A LA DECOUVERTE DE LA VIDEO JAPONAISE",

"4th Sydney Biennale", Australia

1981
"Scan'81 Autumn", Video Gallery Scan, Tokyo

 

List of works

Films

"Sakasa", 4min. 1982

"Scramble!", 4min.1983

"Obsession", 2min. 1985
"My Prison", 4min. 1985
"The Stream I", 5min.2011

"The Stream II", 5min. 2012

"The Stream III", 3min. 2012

"The Stream IV", 6min.2014

"The Stream V", 6min. 2014

"The Stream VI", 7min. 2015

"The Stream VII", 6min. 2016

"The Stream VIII", 7min. 2017

"The Stream IX", 7min. 2018

"The Stream X", 7min. 2019

 

Video Installations

"TV Terrorist", 1986
"Legion", 1989
"The Environment of My Home", 1992

"Self-Portrait ", 2000