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GUP-py/Yoko Hata (JP/DE)
Underhoney, 2006

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The half-filmed, half-animated video work »underhoney« will invite you to a small trip to the imaginary honey-colored city as if the city were sunk under the sea of honey. An animated submarine swims between the shiny landscapes of Berlin which appear only during the sunset. After then you will be refreshed and ready for the following day to repeating the same things as on the day before – typing on the same keyboard, seeing always the same landscape thru your study's window … . But you know that you can reward yourself on the way home after your job.



Since 1995 in Berlin. Works in Berlin and Japan.
The starting point of GUP-py's works are always stories written by the artists themselves which develop poetic images by the usage of a reduced, graphical visual language. The narrative video works are often fantasies which focus on the poetry of the daily life by a minimal shifting the view on the self. GUP-py works in the field between video, print media, typography and installation.

Prize and Awards

1999 Prize of »The 3rd Contest for the Best Contemporary Art Work ´99«, Art Exchange Society, Tokyo
1999 Förderprogramm »Goldrausch XI«, Senatsverwaltung für Arbeit, Bildung und Frauen Berlin
2004 Residency Program »Schinkel-Progressive«, zentralbuero, Berlin

Solo Exhibitions

2007/2005/2003 exhibit LIVE, Tokyo
2006 Japanisches Kulturinstitut Cologne (Germany)
2001/1999 Moris Gallery, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions / Festivals

»APPENDIX3 – Visual Sound«, LED displays »Šubic'eva” and “Šestica«, Ljubljana, Slovenia
»achtung berlin – new berlin film award«, Hackesche Höfe Filmtheater, Berlin
short film festival »Great Shorts«, Cinemaxx Colosseum, Berlin
»Oxygen Moscow International Videoart Festival«
»positions – directions«, Municipal Gallery in Elbeforum, Brunsbüttel (Germany)
»MKK Fine Art«, Municipal Gallery Iserlohn (Germany)
»Contemporary Art from Japan«, Convention and Exhibition Center, Seoul
»4 und 4: Curator's Choice New York / Berlin«, muellerdechiara Gallery, Berlin
»Box Show 2nd«, Municipal Museum Kyoko / Watakushi Museum, Yufuin (Japan) / Star Poets Gallery, Tokyo / Gallery Kaze, Tokyo
»2. Asia-Pasific Film Festival« Berlin
»Architecture and Film«, Brotfabrik, Berlin
»CLEAR FOG Ambient Communication«, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
»FAIR PLAY«, Play – Gallery for Still and Motion Pictures, Berlin
»IN OUT«, International Festival of Digital Image 2003, Prague and Budapest
»Open Arch«, Buero Friedrich, Berlin
»1. Asia-Pacific Film Festival«, Berlin
»Aluminium«, Art + New Technologies Festival, Baku (Azerbaijan)
»LUPA Festival«, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

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