portrait 02
chikako watanabe

From the North Pole to the South Pole, Chikako Watanabe goes in search of local communities and their environment. She registers and translates past and present. Watanabe shows her findings worldwide with her ‘ceremonial Chikahome’ and her imaginative spatial installations with videos, sculptures, drawings and textile and ceramic works.

Van noord- tot zuidpool gaat Chikako Watanabe op zoek naar lokale gemeenschappen en hun omgeving. Ze registreert en vertaalt heden en verleden. Wereldwijd toont Watanabe haar bevindingen met haar ‘ceremoniële Chikahome’ en haar tot de verbeelding sprekende ruimtelijke installaties met video’s, sculpturen, tekeningen en textiele en keramische werken.

“quest for paradise”

zoektocht naar het paradijs

starring artist portrait 02:

chikako watanabe

text notes:

rietveld academy:
gerrit rietveld art academy (bachelor) – sandberg institute (master) amsterdam
richard meitner (1949)
artist, designer for the glass industry / 1981 – 2000 in charge of the glass department at the gerrit rietveld
academy amsterdam

notes images / videos shown:

chikahome –2004/ biezenmortel / NL
exhibition de wasserij (laundry building)
location: sports hall huize assisië, biezenmortel, the netherlands
curator: jan doms
performance: yuka kawabe (vocals)
camera: ivo van stiphout editing: chikako watanabe
cooperation: jan van stiphout / harrie vissers (province of noord-brabant) / mia cecille
boudewijn naaykens / pinkel balloons / textilelab (textile museum, tilburg)
supported by huize assisië, biezenmortel
sponsored by prisma

island tracing – schokland | sakushima 2012

location: mist horn house schokland, the netherlands
exhibition mapping flevoland #1
curators: macha roesink / annick kleizen
performer: yuka kawabe (vocals)
camera: ivo van stiphout editing: chikako watanabe

sound design: hugo dijkstal
prop production: vincent de rijk / marijn janselijn
cooperation: margreet ramaker / municipality noordoostpolder
museum schokland / natuurlijk schokland
michael bonaparte / mark banga / jelmer feenstra / lex le belle / wiliam vercraeye
jannes schuurman / hiromi miyake / annelien kers / office matching mole
members of the society for the promotion of the island’s beauty, sakushima and others
sponsored by: province of flevoland / municipality almere / mondriaan fund
ministry of education, culture & science
installation photo: gert jan van rooij

language in paradise 2014

location: hilvaria studios, hilvarenbeek, the netherlands
curator: jan doms
camera: ivo van stiphout
editing and sound design: chikako watanabe
cooperation: textilelab (textile museum, tilburg) / ed schilders / safari park beekse bergen
johan van den acker textielfabriek b.v. / houthandel van dal esbeek
sponsored by hilvaria studios / bdo tilburg
installation photo: gert jan van rooij

the third house owner 2018

location: huis marseille museum for photography, amsterdam
curators: nanda van den berg – director huis Marseille / nicky van banning
actor: vincent de boer
voice-over: benjamin van gaalen
camera: ivo van stiphout / chikako watanabe
camera assistant: françois dey
underwater camera: vincent defossez / chikako watanabe
editing: chikako watanabe / ivo van stiphout
sound design: hugo dijkstal
stylist: yvonne fraay
cooperation: caroline hanken – historian and writer
marius fabre soap factory & sophie chouette
paul valckenier kips / saga ceramic research laboratory / sundaymorning@ekcw

thanks to: atelier sjoerd didden bv / bas valckx
miyuki yamaguchi – dejima restoration office nagasaki city hall
yuri takeuchi – nagasaki museum of history and culture
menno fitski – rijksmuseum amsterdam
sarah bosmans – scheepvaart museum a’dam
takashi kuga – matsura historical museum and others
sponsored by: amsterdams fonds voor de kunst / mondriaan fund

journey to meet star-gazers, shigaraki 2021

location: miyamachi archaeological site / fujiki / online
exhibition shigaraki mania 2021
curator: hiroyuki yamada
camera: hiroyuki yamada / chikako watanabe
editing – image & sound: chikako watanabe

sound sources: the recording of a song created for shigaraki act 2010 ‘shisha shiyou’
kahori kumada – vocals, biwa
journey to meet star-gazers, nose 2019 chikako watanabe
sound of conch shell recorded at the summit area of mt.nose myoken, japan
shinsei iwagishi – conch shell
journey to meet star-gazers, amsterdam 2020 chikako watanabe
the recording of the performance at het glazen huis amstelpark, amsterdam
ayumi matsuda – recorder / heiko dijker – table

thanks to: kiyohira inoue – local carpenter
norihiko konishi – geologist & director of the minakuchi children’s forest
shigaraki ceramic research institute / eri yokoyama / ayako yamada
video artlab amsterdam and others
organization by: shigaraki art festival 2021
supported by: mondriaan fund

num 2021

location: nenezky historic museum naryan-mar, russia
shemanovsky museum exhibition complex, salekhard, russia
exhibition new land on the old ground

curator: irina leifer
acting – russian voice-over: sofja chapochnikov
camera: sergei ladykin / matvei chuprov / chikako watanabe
editing – image & sound: chikako watanabe
historical advice & fact-finding: elena menshakova
information from: nenezky historic museum’s collection, dialogue of curators & local cultural historians:
evgenia kolesnikova / alexei baryshev / ludmila umnova / larisa latusheva
sound sources: tide 2009 chikako watanabe
exhibition / performance museum de lakenhal / scheltema, leiden the netherlands
yuka Kawabe – vocals, dramnyen
mamiuMU – poem written, voice, glass harp, theremin, electric sound effect
wim lunsing reading – translation japanese dutch
baby reindeer song by nenets children – vocals
lullaby by nenets women – vocals
about the stars, the road and the future dawn by nenets women (mouth harp, vocals)
folklore of the lower pechora villages 1956 by women folk choir

thanks to: people from nenets reindeer nomadic farm yalumnd
martine van kampen, video artlab amsterdam and others
cooperations: museum-reserve ‘pustozersk’, nenezky autonomous region russia
land art flevoland Almere, the netherlands
inna prilezhaeva – association of cultural managers, moscow russia
supported by: the embassy of the kingdom of the netherlands in moscow, russia
the northern forum / wilhelmina e. jansen fund / mondriaan fund

Chikako Watanabe

video portrait 02 chikako watanabe

camera and video editing:   tom pijnenburg
research, editorial, text titles:   jan doms
translation: frank van den nieuwenhuijzen

leader: 
graphic design:   jan doms
opening sequence:   pieter reijnen & tom pijnenburg
sound:   aspa petrov – prefuse 73 dvořák
ernst bonis –  composition taksim

video portrait 02 chikako watanabe is made possible by:  

tilburg media fund
lef urban dynamics 
gilaworks

production and distribution:   internationals art channel foundation 
tilburg – heart of brabant – the netherlands

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