Yusuke shibata Born in 1980 in Fukuoka in Japan, currently lives and works in Tokyo. He graduated from Musashino Art University in the major of painting in 2005 and obtained a MFA in Printmaking in Fine Arts at Musashino Art University in 2007. He mainly works in video, photography and sculpture, and creates installation work with them. He works focus on the truthfulness and falsehood of people, objects, and events for he is interested in the fact that, “relationship between reality and fiction seems to be polarizing, but in actuality, the two are always two sides of the same coin.” He states that in the modern-day world, the boundary between truth and false is blurred, and the question of what is real and unreal cannot be established. His recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition “Meeitng Point” (Yet Thirtieth Experimental Art Space, Hong Kong, 2018), “Public and Freedom” (WAITINGROOM, Tokyo, 2017), solo exhibition “Public and Freedom” (Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo, 2016), group exhibition “Oku-Noto Triennale” (Former Kodomari nursery, Ishikawa, 2017) , group exhibition “Shibata and Yamamoto’s First February” (Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo, 2016), solo exhibition “BGM” (WAITINGROOM, Tokyo, 2014), group exhibition “NENDO” (PAN///, Manila, Philippines), group exhibition “Some Like It Witty” (Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, 2014), solo exhibition “DRIBBLE” (Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, 2013), performance work at “Roppongi Art Night 2013” (Tokyo, 2013) and many others in Japan and abroad.

Yusuke Shibata is in Tentacles Artist in Residency Program. He is carrying out research in 9 cities of 6 countries, Manila, Bacolod, Hò Chi Minh, Hanoi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta and Yogyakarta , receiving a grant of Asia Fellowship from The Japan Foundation Asia Center.

The aim of his project is to build the network of video artists in Asia. He will research video art history in Asia and how it has influenced today’s video artists through interviewing them. Together with this research, another important project is to collect videotapes sold in second-hand shops, stalls, night markets when he visit ASEAN six countries. After yusuke go back to Japan from the research, he will edit the footages recorded in the videotapes and make a new video work.

The found videos cameramen disposed of for some reasons will show objectivity and universality because the cameramen and the subjects in the footage are unknown. Approaching the details of personal daily life events of the unknown people and collecting and editing a variety of the footages, He thinks he can objectively see how people live beyond national borders and the age.