Artist Cross Talk: Yuima Nakazato

The Spiber Inc.-developed fiber Brewed Protein™️ is indispensable to Yuima Nakazato’s unique Biosmocking technology. Exhibiting artist Nakazato joins Spiber Director and Representative Executive Officer Kazuhide Sekiyama to discuss the trajectory of innovation: from how the two met, to behind-the-scenes stories of Biosmocking’s development and the failures involved, as well as prospects for the future.

【 Date & Time 】
December 21 [Thu], 3:00pm-4:30pm
【 Speakers 】
Yuima Nakazato(Fashion Designer)
Kazuhide Sekiyama (Spiber Inc.)
【 Moderator 】
Kyoko Kunoh (Ambassador of Ars Electronica)

Yuima Nakazato

Fashion Designer

A fashion designer. Born in Tokyo in 1985. Yuima founded his epony- mous fashion label in 2009, and has presented his collection at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week as an official guest designer since 2016. He holds an M.A. from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, where his graduate collection earned multiple awards in Europe.

Kazuhide Sekiyama

Director and Representative Executive Officer of Spiber Inc.

Kazuhide Sekiyama, born in Tokyo in 1983, serves as Director and Representative Executive Officer of Spiber Inc. He co-founded the company in 2007 while studying Bioinformatics at Keio University. As part of its mission to help build a sustainable society, Spiber is engaged in the development and industrialisation of Brewed Protein™ materials, structural protein materials produced from plant-derived feedstocks through a microbial fermentation process. https://spiber.inc/

Kyoko Kunoh

Artist, Ambassador of Ars Electronica

She has created extensively on art works in the interactive art field, and has been active in a wide range of fields such as directing in the public and commercial space, design of exhibit products, and joint project with companies and universities. She has involved research projects of Ars Electronica Futurelab since 2017. Her projects have been featured in many different locations both domestically and internationally including Ars Electronica (Austria), SIGGRAPH (USA), Centre Pompidou (France) and Japan Media Arts Festival (Japan).