SHIMURAbros are the sister and brother artist duo of Yuka and Kentaro Shimura, currently researchers at Studio Olafur Eliasson and exemplifying a new breed of Japanese contemporary artists. Working and exhibiting internationally, SHIMURAbros are known for incorporating elements of sculpture, installation and avant-garde filmmaking in their work. Film is the catalyst for all their creations and the artists employ different techniques to each work. As an exploration of the history of moving images approached from a fundamentally different perspective extending film beyond its two-dimensional limit -their installations are an intricate and playful re-working of film and cinematic language.

Programmed by Keith Whittle and Japan Foundation in partnership with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, home to the British Artists ‘Film & Video Study Collection which holds a large amount of material for academic research in artists’ moving image. This talk highlighted SHIMURAbros’ film and moving image installations, with a focus on the artistic content, formalistic qualities and contexts at play in working within the canon. The talk was followed by a discussion with Keith Whittle, Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins, and Japan Foundation Fellow, exploring the role technology, cinematic history, and popular culture has on the aesthetic and conceptual approach the artists’ have to their work, in terms of research and exhibition.

SHIMURAbros have exhibited widely including at Art Basel Hong Kong; 798 Art Factory; The National Art Centre, Tokyo; NUS Museum Singapore; MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei); PICA(the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts Museum), Australia; Museums Quartier, Vienna. “SEKILALA” received the Excellence Prize (Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology Prize) at the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival.

Special thanks to The Japan Foundation team and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.


Image: Installation Image, SILVER SCREEN, 2012
Copyright The Artist and courtesy Tokyo Gallery