In the Loop

Visiting Artist Lecture with Nobuho Nagasawa

  • Date & Time
    • Thursday, November 03, 2016 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Cost
    • Free
  • Description

    The School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida proudly presents the Fall 2016 Visiting Artists Lecture Series. All six lectures are free and open to the public. The lectures offer the community at large an important opportunity for dialogue about contemporary art and culture in relation to national and international trends.

    Nobuho Nagasawa

    Nobuho Nagasawa is an interdisciplinary artist whose projects range from sculptural installation, architectural intervention, time-based work, activism, and public art.  Her series of work with woven optical fiber is shaped by the intersection of art, science, and technology, and her interest in acoustic ecology, a discipline studying the relationship, mediated through sound, between living beings and their environment. Her interest in synaesthesia–a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory leads to experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway–has manifested in creating a series of sartorial art that expose and interact with the internal physiology of the musician’s body. Her luminescent woven optical fiber attire “Bio Lux” responds to the live bio-data of the musician’s body movements, heartbeat, and breath and spark the optical fiber into changing colors.

    Nagasawa has exhibited extensively around the world, which includes; the Royal Garden of the Prague Castle (Czech Republic), Ludwig Museums (Germany, Hungary), Rufino Tamayo Museum (Mexico), Alexandria Library (Egypt), the Getty Center for the History of Art and Humanities (US). She has also been a representative of international venues; Asian Art Biennial (Bangladesh, 2002), International Book Art Exhibitions (Egypt, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2016), Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates, 2003), Echigo-Tsumari Triennial (Japan, 2003), Sinop Biennial (Turkey, 2006), Fukushima Biennial (2012, 2014) and Setouchi Triennial (2013, 2016). Among her many honors, Nagasawa has been the recipient of DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Berlin State Grant, Rockefeller Grant, California Arts Council Fellowships Award, Brody Arts Fund, and several Japan Foundation Grants. In New York, she was a recipient of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation’s Space Program, Established Artist Fellowship, and Chancellors Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity from the State University of New York, and presented at TED Talk in 2013. 

    In the field of public art, Nagasawa has completed more than thirty public art projects internationally with successful interdisciplinary collaborations with architects and engineers. They are civic projects such as city halls, government plazas, research laboratories, libraries, greenways, and transportation infrastructures.  She received several Design Excellence Awards for Architecture and Public Art (Los Angeles, 1997, New York 2006, San Francisco, 2008 and 2009.) Her Austin City Hall and Public Plaza project with architect Antoine Predock was featured as one of the best projects nationwide in the Public Art Review in 2005. The Public Design Commission has announced the winners of this year’s Annual Awards for Excellence in Design in May, in which Nagasawa has received her second Excellence in Design Award from the City of New York.  She is a Professor at Stony Brook University, and a Graduate Director for the MFA Program, and an affiliate faculty of the Theatre Department. 


    TED Talk:
    Recent project “Synaesthesia Playground” featured at Fabrik Expo 2016
    Article on my optical fiber work: September 2015, Sculpture Magazine


    Daytime parking is available in reserved spaces between Fine Arts Building C (FAC) and Inner Road. From SW 13th Street, enter campus on Museum Drive. Turn right on Newell Drive, then right on Inner Road. Turn left into the parking lot behind FAC. The first three spaces on the left are reserved for gallery use. Parking permits are issued to gallery visitors in the University Gallery.

    Additional parking is available behind FAC after 4:30 p.m. when parking restrictions are lifted.

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  • Venue
    Fine Arts Building B (FAB)
    Room #
    FL 32611