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Simon Soon

Simon Soon is a curator and writer on contemporary art in Southeast Asia currently based in Kuala Lumpur. He has curated a number of exhibitions including the Bombay Sapphire Art Projects 2008, CUT09: New Photography from Southeast Asia and the 3rd Pyongyang International Arts Festival in Kuala Lumpur 2010. He is a co-founder and managing editor of ARTERI ( a visual arts blog on contemporary practices in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. His interests span from the performative/participatory/collaborative approaches to contemporary art as well as creative engagement with Web 2.0. He has participated in a number of conferences and residencies overseas, including the Japan Foundation JENYSES Programme and the Manchester International Festival Talent Campus for Cultural Producers.

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Mayumi Hirano

Mayumi Hirano is a curator and program coordinator of the Koganecho Area Management Center since 2009. After completing her graduate studies at Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, she has worked as a curatorial intern at New Museum, NY, curatorial staff at the Yokohama Triennale 2005, and researcher for Asia Art Archive. She is currently working on to develop an artist-in-residence program with a unique touch in Koganecho.

Student Researchers Spring 2011 (Dec. 2010 – Apr. 2011)

  • Noriko Akimoto (Meiji University)
  • Felice Forby (Ohio State University, Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies)
  • Masami Hara (Nihon University)
  • Marina Hiratsuka (Senshu University)
  • Ai Ito (Yokohama City University)
  • Toshiaki Kato (Yokohama City University)
  • Nao Kawano (Yokohama City University)
  • Shota Kitamura (Tokai University)
  • Takahiro Masuzaki (Keio University)
  • Tomoko Misumi (Yokohama National University)
  • Hikari Morozumi (Yokohama City University)
  • Shunsuke Orita (Yokohama City University)
  • Yuki Ozeki (Yokohama City University)
  • Ayumi Sato (Yokohama City University)
  • Asami Shibamori (Chuo University)
  • Yuki Yamamoto (Tokai University)


  • Misae Iwasaki (Koganecho Area Management Center)
  • Koki Sugiyama (Koganecho Area Management Center)


  • Felice Forby
  • Erica Brown


  • Junya Yanagimoto

Editorial Supervisor

  • Shingo Yamano (Koganecho Area Management Center)


  • Hisamitsu Mizushima (Professor / Tokai University)
  • Nobuharu Suzuki (Associate Professor / Yokohama City University)

Organized by

  • Koganecho Area Management Center
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