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A performance group formed in 2006 by Yuya Tsukahara and Masaru Kakio. contact Gonzo” is both the name of the group and the name of their unique methodology of “contacting” the body. The group creates video and photographic works, while performing improvised performances in the city and at performances. Since its formation, the group has been active in utilizing the media, uploading video recordings of its performances to YouTube. In addition, since participating in the “Jiro Yoshihara Memorial Art Project” in 2007, they have attracted attention in the field of contemporary art, participating in many international exhibitions and art festivals. 13 years ago, they presented a performance at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. The current members are NAZE, Takuya Matsumi, Keigo Mikajiri, and Yuya Tsukahara. Their diverse activities include performances, installations, publishing a magazine, selling their works on Mercari, and holding The Avalanche Festival.


Born in 1984, artist. Graduated from Tama Art University’s Graduate School of Design in 2009. He produces many works based on digital media that question the subjectivity of expression by exposing the human body by relegating the subjectivity of action to autonomous devices and external factors.
In the 15th Japan Media Arts Festival, “Senseless Drawing Bot” won the New Artist Award.
In 2013, he was selected for the Japan Foundation Overseas Study Program for Emerging Artists and stayed in Barcelona and Berlin. Currently based in Kanagawa and Chiba. Recent major exhibitions include “Sapporo International Art Festival 2014” (Chi-Ca-Ho, 14), “Aichi Triennale 2016” (Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi, 16), “DOMANI, Tomorrow Exhibition” (The National Art Center, Tokyo, 18), “Someone Far Away, Where Things Are” (Sapporo Arts and Culture Center
[SCARTS], 2009), “Roppongi Crossing 2022: Come and Go! (Mori Art Museum, 2010).

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Shuta Hasunuma

Born 1983 in Tokyo. Next to performing live with his own “Shuta Hasunuma Philharmonic Orchestra” in Japan and abroad, his diverse activities include contributing soundtracks to stage productions and movies, and producing and creating music that is mainly based on environmental and electronic sounds. In recent years he has been applying the methods of musical composition to various media such as video, sound, sculpture and installation, the results of which he has been showcasing at domestic and international exhibitions and projects. His work extends internationally; in 2013, he took part in a residency program in New York, supported by Asian Cultural Council, and was appointed as the Japan Cultural Envoy by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2017. His solo exhibitions include: “compositions” Pioneer Works, New York, 2018; “  ~ ing” Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, 2018 etc. His recent public projects and group exhibitions include; “Someone’s public and private / Something’s public and private” Tompkins Square Park ,New York, 2019. He received the new face award of Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in 2018.

Tetsu Umehara

Born in 1996 in Kanagawa Prefecture. He creates sound works through urban and environmental research and fieldwork. His activities range from producing theatrical accompaniment for video and dance works to releasing albums and providing mixes for overseas labels. After living and working in Dusseldorf, Germany, he graduated from Yokohama National University, Faculty of Science and Technology in 2018 and completed his graduate studies at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 2020. His main activities include participation in “BankART AIR 2015” (BankART StudioNYK, Yokohama, 2015) and “KAWAKYU ART EXHIBITION 2022” (Hotel Kawakyu, Nanki-Shirahama, 2022), and in recent years he has been working mainly through residency programs He has been working mainly through residencies in recent years.

Ryotaro Miyasaka

Born in 1995. Born in Suwa City, Nagano Prefecture, and lives in eastern Tokyo. Performs mainly with percussion instruments.
In addition to “Announcers,” a home recording unit with Takujuro Iwade, “22 Seiki Gahara,” a voice performance unit with Aoi Tagami, and “Secret Base,” a noise band with Yusei Takahashi and Tokutaro Hosoi, he works with Seiko Oishi, Ryozo Obayashi (SANABAGUN), Yuta Orisaka, Ryoto Nanao, Shota Hasunuma, Today is a holiday, Yoshimoto Masuda, etc. and others.

Love Songs in Units of Civilization

AR 3Bros.

An unprecedented development unit consisting of the eldest son, Tom Kawada, the second son, Shinji Takagi, and the third son, Yu Ogasawara, who have been continuously publishing stories, especially about augmented reality, since 2009. From entertainment to art, from Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi to the Romance Car Museum. The scope of their work is as vast as a black hole, or in Tokyo, as vast as the Tokyu Hands Shibuya store.

Sachiko Kobayashi (Singer)

Born on December 5, 1953. In 1964, at the age of 10, she made her debut with “Usotsuki-gull” and in 1979, “Omoide-sake” became a big hit, selling over 2 million copies and winning numerous music awards including the Japan Record Award for Best Singing. In the same year, he made his first appearance on NHK’s “Kohaku Uta Gassen” (Red and White Singing Contest), and has since made 34 appearances. In recent years, he has been dubbed “Rasuboss” for his contributions to Nico Nico video and the release of Vocaloid software, and has gained popularity among the younger generation and Internet users.

Chinza DOPENESS (Rapper)

Born in Tokyo in 1981, he was attracted to HipHop as a teenager, and in the 2000s, he emerged from the MC battle scene and gained recognition. Recently, he has released albums as FNCY with G.RINA and ZEN-LA-ROCK, and U-zhaan xTAMAKIROYx Chinza DOPENESS. He also collaborates with various other artists.

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OLTA (Artist Collective)

A six-member artist collective formed in 2009. Members are Toru Inoue, Kazuhide Kawamura, Takafumi Saito, Yoshiro Hasegawa, Meg Ninja, and Jang-Chi. In the form of performance, they question the act of creation, and by extension, the fundamental desires and sensations of human beings, by using their own bodies. Recent activities include “Nippon Ideology (tentative)” (YPAM direction, KAAT The Kanagawa Arts Theatre, 2022), “The House of Cultivation: Uncertain Generation” (ARCUS Project, 2022), “Aomori EARTH 2019: A Place to Cultivate Life -Agriculture Opens the Future of Art” (Aomori Museum of Art, 2019) “Busan Biennale 2016” (F1963, 2016), and others.

Dance Base Yokohama (Dance House)

Dance Base Yokohama is a dance house that designs and organizes projects that specifically aim to improve professional dance environments and support emerging creatives.
In order to approach dance through a transdisciplinary lens, the space will facilitate exchanges not only between artists such as choreographers and dancers, but also between musicians, visual artists, video artists, lighting designers, producers, production teams, critics, researchers, and audience members. As we hope for Dance Base Yokohama to be a platform where people can casually get together, we are calling this place DaBY.