EXHIBITION
CONCEPT
/
BIOGRAPHY
/
VIEW WORKS
/
INFORMATION
/
INSTALLATION IMAGES

immaten

imma and friends

MAY 22, 2021 - SEP 2, 2021

CONCEPT

“immaten” is a group exhibition between
virtual human imma and
13 up-and-coming artists.

At DIESEL ART GALLERY, exhibition “immaten” will be held from Saturday May 22nd to Thursday September 2nd 2021, by virtual human imma and 13 of her artist friends.

The 13 artists participating are YOSHIROTTEN, Kosuke Kawamura, Yuni Yoshida, Toki, Jun Inagawa, KIM SONGHE, Riyoo Kim, Amazing JIRO, Yuma Kishi, MASAKO.Y, Shinya Yamada, Kanatan and Takuya Kamioka. (in no particular order)

New artworks made inspired by “imma” will be exhibited in various mediums from paintings, drawings, graphics, digital data, photos, moving images, to sculptures.

The gallery composition and visual direction are lead by artist Minori Murata, one of the duo behind the art unit Skydiving Magazine. Through her direction, the gallery itself will be transformed into the theme of “heaven”.

As well, along the exhibited artworks, there will be limited merchandise available for sale such as posters, postcards, and T-shirts.

CONCEPT
What is real, and what is fake?
Today, we find ourselves amongst the digital world more than the physical. We look at the world through television screens and read the thoughts of others on our smartphones. In a world where information on the internet is sometimes more trusted than what is before our very eyes, new words like “fake news” emerge in our vocabulary. So, how do people decide whether something is real or fake?
Perhaps, we are starting to recognize the virtual world as “real”. Since the beginning, the border between real and fake has been blurred. From the cave paintings of Lascaux and idolatry of animism culture, every beautiful painting and photographs of persons no longer alive, are driving license portraits, Twitter icons, and now - imma.
As our society overflows with information, what each person deems to be genuine is becoming increasingly different.
A simple fact remains true - what you believe in, becomes the truth.

BIOGRAPHY

  • imma

    https://www.instagram.com/imma.gram

    imma, with the infamous pink bob, is the first virtual human in Asia.
    Her height, weight, nationality, and history are all unknown.
    Since her debut in 2018, her uniquely virtual but super-realistic look has shocked the world in over 7000 media in 50 countries. Today, imma’s Instagram has over 330k followers and reached over 200k followers on TikTok.
    She was picked as the “Women of the Year 2020” in Forbes Woman Poland and received the incentive award in Cool Japan Matching Award from the Japanese government. Now, imma is the most talked-about virtual human in all of Asia.
  • YOSHIROTTEN

    www.yoshirotten.com

    Born 1983. Graphic artist. Yoshirotten creates his work across various genres including graphics, video, three-dimensional art, installation, and music. He is also active as an art director and designer.
  • Kosuke Kawamura

    https://www.instagram.com/kosukekawamura

    Graphic designer, art director, and collage artist. As a graphic designer, Kawamura provides graphics to numerous apparel brands and creates collaborative T-shirts.
  • Yuni Yoshida

    www.yuni-yoshida.com

    Born 1980. Art director/graphic designer. After graduating from Joshibi University of Art and Design, Yoshida entered Onuki Design Co., Ltd. After working for Uchu Country, she became independent in 2007. She is active in a wide range of fields such as advertising, CD jackets, and video. Major works include LOWRYS FARM, advertising visual of ettusais, CD artwork by Chara and Kaela Kimura, Gen Hoshino, and art direction of the brand produced by Naomi Watanabe. He received the Tokyo ADC Award in 2016 and the Mainichi Design Award in 2019.
  • Toki

    https://www.instagram.com/toki_39

    Toki is a photographer duo producing photography playing with light. Their work has attracted fans in both the art and fashion industry, receiving high praise in and outside of Japan.
  • Jun Inagawa

    https://www.instagram.com/attitudeofhybridism

    Born 1999. Jun started his career in Los Angeles, USA, in 2018, and has since provided illustrations to paradis3, VLONE, AWGE DVD, Pierre bourne, and more. Aiming to become a manga artist, he returned to Japan and held a solo exhibition at DIESEL ART GALLERY. After collaborations with brands such as Adidas, AGE FACTORY, WACK, KEIJU, NEIGHBORHOOD, etc. in 2022, “Magical Destroyers,” a magical girl with a character design based on Jun Inagawa's original plan, will be set to release into a TV animation. He is also a DJ at the exhibition match “YAGI” curated by Reiji Okamoto.
  • KIM SONGHE

    https://www.instagram.com/_kimsonghe_

    Kim Songhe was born in Tokyo in 1982 as a third-generation Korean resident. After attending Korean School until 18 years old, she studied at Oda Fashion College. After graduation, she began to work as an artist, and in 2005 she exhibited her chandelier work at select shop “LOVELESS”. Since then, she has mainly worked with foreign companies and brands, spatial displays, and product design.
  • Riyoo Kim

    https://www.instagram.com/riyookim

    Kim was born in Osaka Prefecture in 1980 to a Japanese father and a Korean mother. He has completed his studies at the Graduate School of Art Production, Osaka University of Arts in 2006. His major group exhibitions include Toyota Art Exhibition '07 at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art (Aichi) in 2007, Kobe Biennale 2009 Second Prize Contemporary Ceramic Art Exhibition Kobe Meriken Park (Hyogo) in 2009, NEO FOLK at Ikkan Gallery (Singapore) in 2014 and solo exhibition Hypotharamaniac.
  • Amazing JIRO

    https://www.instagram.com/amazing_jiro

    Special effects makeup, shaping/face, and body paint artist.
    JIRO leads the design, creative production, and direction in a wide range of fields such as video, advertising, events, and fashion. After graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts, he entered the world of special effects makeup and later established Jiyuro Co., Ltd. Going beyond just special effects makeup and sculpture productions, he actively works in various projects as a creative director.
  • Yuma Kishi

    http://instagram.com/obake_ai

    AI artist.
    When confronting Kishi's work, our deep-routed conventions are shaken up. “AI art,” which is created by sampling the infinite number of images and automatically generating them with AI, outputs abstract and unpredictable movements. Human motifs such as portraits and Shunga (Japanese erotic art) are distorted beyond common sense through this process which easily and unexpectedly challenges our fixed sense of beauty. Kishi now attends Tokyo University of the Arts.
  • MASAKO.Y

    https://www.instagram.com/m24artspace

    MASAKO.Y studied in Australia, New York, and London. In 2018, she began her artistic career based in Tokyo. “Painting Collage” is a method of her works involving painted collages in various mediums. Recently, she has broadened the scope of her activities internationally.
  • Shinya Yamada

    https://www.instagram.com/shinya

    Yamada is an artist residing in Kyoto. While he mainly creates abstract paintings, he also paints anime characters on Kakejiku (traditional Japanese hanging scrolls). Such artworks mix the context of traditional Japanese-style paintings in the Edo style of Jakuchu Ito and Rimpa school together with modern figures. He is highly praised both in Japan and overseas.
  • Kanatan

    https://instagram.com/kanatankanahey

    Born 1987. Kanatan was born in Kanagawa Prefecture. While working as a conventional company employee, she produces films with the motto of “I will do whatever I want whenever asked.”
  • Takuya Kamioka

    https://www.instagram.com/takuya_k_

    Born 1985 in Tokyo. Upon graduating from Kuwasawa Design Institute, Kamioka started working as a freelance artist. He has made striking visuals for clients including Bireley’s orange juice, Doutor coffee packages, CD jackets of Wednesday Campanella, KOHH, ANARCHY, and fashion brand Black Eye Patch.

    Participating Artists (in no particular order)

VIEW WORKS

Title
immaten
Artist
imma and friends
Date
2021.5.22 Sat - 9.2 Thu
Venue
DIESEL ART GALLERY
Address
cocoti B1F, 1-23-16, Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel
03-6427-5955
Hours
11:30 - 20:00 (shortened business hours ※may be subject to change)
Entry
Free
Holidays
Non-Regular Holiday
Curation
Aww Inc.
Gallery Composition/Visual Direction
Minori Murata

Curation
Aww Inc.
https://aww.tokyo
https://www.instagram.com/aww.tokyo

Aww is Asia’s first virtual human company leading the creation of virtual humans.
Currently, Aww produces several virtual humans including imma, plusticboy, and Ria. Aww not only produces virtual humans but also actively conducts research and development of virtual human technology, as well as related business development and partnerships.
The newest projects include works using XR, while at the same time engaging deeply with artistic context.

Gallery Composition/Visual Direction
Minori Murata
https://yeahwow.jp
https://www.instagram.com/survival_dance

Art director/artist.
Born 1992. After graduating from Tama Art University, Murata now works freelance. She moved to India in 2019 but is currently on a temporary return trip due to the pandemic. Using her wide range of visual expressions, from graphics to images and spatial representations, she was in charge of the campaign visuals for PARCO and Laforet Harajuku, the opening footage of “Kikokiku” planned by Kiko Mizuhara, and Nike's campaign film “2019 Just Do It” featuring Naomi Osaka.

INSTALLATION IMAGES

Photo: Joshua Helius

Photo: Joshua Helius

Photo: Joshua Helius

Photo: Joshua Helius

Photo: Joshua Helius

Photo: Joshua Helius

Photo: Joshua Helius

Photo: Joshua Helius

Photo: Joshua Helius

Photo: Joshua Helius

Photo: Joshua Helius

Photo: Joshua Helius

Photo: Joshua Helius

Photo: Joshua Helius

Photo: Joshua Helius