*1969 in Tochigi, Japan. Lives and works in Vienna.
Yuji Oshima is a Vienna – based artist who is working on the extension of auditory perception into the environment of social systems. He introduces ideas of music and sound into physical forms such as landscape design, installation, video and performance.
His work has been presented in various exhibitions as Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Espace Paul Ricard (Pairs), Flux Factory (New York), Le Fresnoy (Tourcoing), ICC Intercommunication Center (Tokyo), Dena Foundation (Milano), Nuit Blanche (Paris), Musee des Beaux-Arts (Calais), Beurschouwburg (Brussels), Forum des Images (Paris), Credac (Ivry-Sur-Seine), Gmeb (Bourges), TinaB (Praha), and Kibla Multimedia Center (Maribor, Slovenia).
His site specific multimedia elevator installation is part of the collection of the French Ministry of Cultural Affairs, rue Saint-Honor・in Paris. Reviews of his work have appeared in several magazines as THE WIRE, the artnet magazine, Lib駻ation, Cinergon, Techniques et Architecture and La Nouvelle Republique.
He studied at Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains. Tourcoing (Class of Prof. Tony Brown and Thierry De Mey), ERG Institut Superieur Libre d誕rt Plastique in Brussels (Class of Prof. Joelle Tuerlinckx, Michel Fran輟is and Ann-Veronica Janssens) and Tama University of Art in Tokyo.
He participated at La Seine, Ensba Paris in 2003-04 as an assistant of Antoni Muntadas and Gary Hill with the grant of Pola Art Foundation of Tokyo and was a resident artist at the Cite Internationale
Born in Tehran, Iran, Tina Gharavi is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, and academic trained in the United States and France. Her work has been broadcast internationally (ITV and Channel 4 in the UK, Showtime in the US) and she is noted for innovative cross-platform work on migration as well as issues related to equality and diversity.
A refugee herself, Gharavi established Bridge + Tunnel, a multidisciplinary production company, in Newcastle, England in 1998, with the aim of using innovative techniques to promote greater understanding by bringing untold stories of minorities and marginalised people to a wider, mainstream audience.
In 2000 she directed Closer, a 35mm film which was awarded the Grand Prize at Outfest in Los Angeles and was an official selection at Sundance in 2001. Sundance programmer Shari Frilot commented that ‘it takes documentary to the next level.’ Gharavi’s next major production chronicled her return to her mother’s house in Iran, 23 years after the Islamic Revolution. Mother/Country was broadcast at prime time on Channel 4 in the UK where the national press gave it top billing and the London Evening Standard described it as “genuinely moving.”
Gharavi has recently completed a documentary about the oldest Arab/Muslim Community in Britain and the day world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali got married in the local mosque. The King of South Shields is currently screening as part of a major touring exhibition, Last of the Dictionary Men, about the South Shields Yemeni Sailors, which launched at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in 2008.
Her first feature film, Ali in Wonderland, is currently in post-production and is a coming of age story of two young Iranian refugees in the North East of England. She is working using innovative distribution outlets that will allow the film to be viewed in schools across the UK as part of the citizenship curriculum in schools (for trailer & updates see links). Ali in Wonderland is being developed in collaboration with Bridge + Tunnel Voices, a registered charity that Gharavi set up in 2000 to train local refugees and asylum seekers in media production techniques that would empower them to tell their unique stories.
Gharavi is currently a Lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Newcastle. In 2001 she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Residency in Hallwalls, Buffalo NY (2001), and she was in 2008 the recipient of the UK based Cultural Leadership Programme fellowship at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. In her spare time, Tina dreams of becoming a beekeeper in Iran.