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Katsumi Okuno
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Anthopologist 、Artist

Professor of Cultural Anthropology, College of Intercultural Communication, Rikkyo University. Katsumi Okuno and Testu Ichikawa, ”Oil Palm Plantations and Bezoar Stones: An Ethnographic Sketch of Human–Naturte Interactions in Sarawak” In Noboru Ishikawa, Ryoji Soda (eds.) Anthropogenic Tropical Forests: Human-nature Interfaces on the Plantation Frontier, pp.479-493, Springer, 2021, "Natural Disaster, Men and Animals among the Penan: Beyond "Thunder Complex" Malaysian Studies Journal 1:59-72, 2012.

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Anais Karenin

Artist

Anais-karenin is an artist, writer and researcher. PhD Fellow at University of São Paulo (BR), Visiting Researcher at Waseda University (JP), situates her practice in the intimate engagement with plants, incorporating traditional knowledge systems, mythology and animism to reflect on history, extraction, territory and science. Member of metaPhorest (JP), Anais-karenin has exhibited with institutions such as Goethe Institute (JP), Kunstverein Göttingen (DE), Paço Imperial (BR), among others; was selected for the QOL Award PARADISE AIR (JP) and for the Print/CAPES Sandwich Grant; and participated in the residencies ZAO EXPO (JP) and -m(-u-)lti us (DE), among others. She has lectured in institutions such as Ochanomizu University (JP), United Nations University (UN-JP), and has published texts in academic journals and books.

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Antoine Bertin

Artist

Antoine Bertin is a european artist working at the intersection of science and sensory immersion, field recording and sound storytelling, data and music composition. His creations take the form of listening experiences, sound sculptures and audio meditations on the realm of the living. His work has been presented internationally (Tate Britain, Palais de Tokyo, Serpentine Gallery, KIKK festival, STRP festival, Sonar+D, CCCB Barcelona, Dutch Design Week, Nuit Blanche Paris, le 104 etc.) He produces a quarterly show called “Edge of the forest” on NTS radio weaving together field recordings, data sonifications and science inspired meditations. Studio Antoine Bertin was created in 2018, bringing together a multidisciplinary team for the development and production of listening experiences.

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Toshiaki Ishikura

Artist

Associate professor at Akita University of Art. Research on “mountain goddess” based on trans-Pacific comparative mythology; art anthropology; collaborative projects with artists. Member of Cosmo-Eggs (2019) at 58th La Biennale di Venezia International Art Exhibition, Japanese Pavilion. Co-author of “Wild Tour: 12 journeys around archipelago myths” (co-author Masaru Tatsuki, Tankosha Publishing, 2015), “Lexicon: Contemporary Anthropology” (co-editor Katsumi Okuno, Ibunsha, 2018), etc.

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Ruud Hendriks

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Ruud Hendriks has been educated in Arable farming, Plant breeding and Bio(dynamic) farming (Wageningen University). After he finished his study he started teaching soil fertility on Warmonderhof (www.aereswarmonderhof.nl ) where his curiosity in biodynamic aspects grew during the years. Ruud spends a lot of time in the field, digging soil profiles and discussing with farmers about conversion to organic and biodynamic farming. The last two years he specializes on circular farming, taking experience from bio(dynamic) agriculture into a broader agricultural context. Society and farming have grown apart, which is not a sound basis for future farming. How can we reach real circularity and keep quantity and quality in balance, feeding 10 billion people?

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Yasunobu Tamari

Artist

Born in Tokyo in 1979. After dropping out of high school, he joined Elephant Design Inc. where he learned design methods to realize the vision of management. In the 2000s, he worked with cultural anthropologist Shinichi Takemura and Sustena Inc Maekita Miyako to design information on environmental and social issues. He has also worked on local primary industry projects and participated in "nishihour" in Nishiawakura Village, Okayama Prefecture since 2010 and "Tohoku Taberu News" since 2013. He established the information design firm Etupirka in 2018, utilizing information design methods, and has been researching and writing a book titled "Food and Animism" since 2020. Etupirka : https://etpk.net/ Tohoku Taberu News : https://etpk.net/tohokutaberu Food and Animism : https://food-animism.com/

Raquel Buj
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Raquel Buj is an artist, fashion designer and architect. 
She is the founder and director of BUJ studio, an experimental design workshop. She conceives her studio as a laboratory in which to experiment with new materials, combining craftsmanship and technology in the development of her pieces. 
She designs body envelopes, second skins that are made with materials brought and reformulated from very diverse fields mixed with digital manufacturing and biomaterials. Her work has received various awards and recognitions, including the Samsung Ego Innovation Project (2017) MBFWM award and the mention for Research and Design at the Ibero-American Design Biennial BID 19 (2019) or the IADE 2021 emerging design award. She combines her professional practice with her teaching practice as a professor of new materials in fashion at the URJC, the IED and the BAU and giving various workshops and talks nationally and internationally such as TEDxMadrid 19, Retrofuturo. She has been a jury at the RESHAPE Forum Barcelona 2019. Her pieces have been exhibited in various centers and galleries such as Casa Encendida 2020, Riu de Plaza de España 2021, Manuel Piña museum 2022 or Can U sustainable exhibition in Shanghai, China 2022. She has collaborated with various artists such as Janet Novás for Veranos de la Villa 2019 or the Stocos Institute for the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome. Her work has been published in various media such as Vogue, Yorokobu, El País, Neo2, Metal Magazine or A*desk. She has recently been awarded a art grant by the Academy of Spain in Rome 2022-2023.

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Daijiro Mizuno
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Professor, Center for the Possible Future, Kyoto Institute of Technology/Distinguished Visiting Professor, Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance Daijiro completed MA and PhD at the Royal College of Art(London, UK). Upon graduation, he returned to Japan to work on transdisciplinary design projects and research. He has published numerous books and articles.

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Forum Facilitator

Maki Ohkojima
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Born in Tokyo in 1987, Awarded the Tokyo Wonder Wall Prize in 2009 and the VOCA Encouragement Prize in 2014. in 2017, Participated in artist-in-residence programs in Japan, India, Mexico, France, Poland, China and the TARA Expedition of Ocean Science Research. " Kukunochi teku teku Manatsu no bouken" Performing arts, senography(2021, KAAT Kanagawa) Selected exhibition” Continuous Contours"(2022, Sezon Museum of Modern Art). "End of the World and Self-centered World” (2022, GYRE GALLERY, Tokyo), "COVID-19 Crisis & Amabie" ( 2022, Kadokawa Culture Museum,Saitama), "Re construction" (2020,Nerima Art Museum), “Agros Art Project: Tomorrow’ s Harvest” (2019, Aomori Museum of Art), Setouchi Triennale 2019 (Awashima, Kagawa Prefecture), Solo exhibition “eye of whale” (2019, Aquarium de Paris), Solo exhibition “Birds, sing the songs of the earth, through my bones.” (2015, Dai-ichi Life Gallery). Main publishing : “Eye of Whale” published by museum shop T.

Refelective Talk(DAY1)

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Nobuyoshi Ohmuro
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Nobuyoshi Ohmuro was born in Fuchu City, Tokyo in 1961. He completed the Doctoral Program in Commerce at Hitotsubashi University with a partial degree withdrawal. After working at private companies and in public administration, he took up his current position. He specializes in social innovation as well as theoretical and action research in this field in collaboration with the City of Kyoto. His publications include, Introduction to Sustainable Companyies (Gakugei Shuppansha), Introduction to Enterprise and Society (Chuokeizai-sha), Social Business Cases (Chuokeizai-sha), and Social Innovation (NTT Publishing).

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Guido Sprenger
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Guido Sprenger is Professor at the Institute of Anthropology, Heidelberg University. He has done research in the uplands of Laos since 2000. Among his publications are Animism in Southeast Asia (co-edited with Kaj Århem, 2016), Plural Ecologies in Southeast Asia (Sojourn special issue, co-edited with Kristina Großmann, 2018) and numerous articles. His research interests include exchange, ritual, animism, kinship, human-environment relations, and cultural identity.

​Lisa Kirimura
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A wide range of medical experiences from preventive medicine based on orthomolecular nutrition therapy, microbiomes or biological medicine, lifestyle diseases to terminal care. Aiming to solve social issues through healthcare such as “Planetary health” ,the health of people and the whole earth based on insights into food, agriculture and environmental problems. Living a two-base life in Tokyo and Tottori, a Japanese countryside and opened a field of Synecoculture researched by Sony Computer Science Research Institute. https://www.sonycsl.co.jp/tokyo/407/ Running UZWA project aiming to update OS of human consciousness and society based on mathematical engineering of morality emotions of Tokyo university. http://meome.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/ Recent books: Grow the "soil" of intestines and forest: Planetary health with microorganisms; A science of body odor and halitosis.

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Saki Hibino is an independent Experience Designer & Researcher, PR, Coordinator, and Journalist who is based in Berlin. She is involved in projects at the intersection of art, design, technology, and ecology.  Her interests are related to cultivating the ecosystem that lives with all kinds of life forms and developing “Trans” thoughts of humans as spreading beyond the differences to survive on this planet in this era through art, design, culture, and the latest technology and science.
She accesses hidden or invisible connections and stories between seemingly unrelated subjects and strives to translate a that allows people to perceive the emerging complex and ambiguous interrelationships and ecology through designing human experiences, social art, and cultural projects.

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Nayeli Vega
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Nayeli Vega is a Berlin-based artist who explores and works with the connections between design, technology, open-source software, social justice, ecology, intersectional feminism, and speculative design. She holds a Master's degree in Textile and Surface Design from the Berlin-Weißensee Academy of Arts.

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Tokushu Inamura
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Tokushu Inamura is a Designer/Engineer, Assistant Professor of Department of Strategic Design at the Faculty of Design and Center for Designed Futures of Kyushu University. He holds a double Masters degree in Innovation Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. Current research focuses on Post Human Centered Design and Circular Design. These research interests became a point of connection, becoming the inaugural speaker of Ecological Memes. He engages in teaching international transdisciplinary teams to become strategic and holistic designers. Born in New Zealand, he has lived in the US, Switzerland and the UK, he currently resides in Fukuoka City Japan.

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Saki Hibino
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Saki Hibino is an independent Experience Designer & Researcher, PR, Coordinator, and Journalist who is based in Berlin. She is involved in projects at the intersection of art, design, technology, and ecology.  Her interests are related to cultivating the ecosystem that lives with all kinds of life forms and developing “Trans” thoughts of humans as spreading beyond the differences to survive on this planet in this era through art, design, culture, and the latest technology and science.
She accesses hidden or invisible connections and stories between seemingly unrelated subjects and strives to translate a that allows people to perceive the emerging complex and ambiguous interrelationships and ecology through designing human experiences, social art, and cultural projects.

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Yasuhiro Kobayashi
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Yasuhiro kobayashi is an ecosystemic catalyst, intrapreneurship enabler, a founder of Ecological Memes and a partner at strategic design firm BIOTOPE. After engaged in empowerment for social entrepreneurs at impact HUB Tokyo, he supports corporates create visions and new business towards a circular and regenerative future. Specialized in equipping individuals and groups with tools to unleash creativity, he creates regenerative flow and conditions for emergence and catalyzes transformation at individual, organizational and eco-systemic level, by combining his expertise in co-creative facilitation, vision design, change management and authentic leadership. His work navigates one’s journey reconnecting to sense of life, wholeness, and rhythm of nature, and enable organizations and its eco-system to revitalize as living systems.

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Hillen Oost
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Hillen Oost works as a government strategist, educator and entrepreneur, and has a keen interest in nature, arts, science and spirituality. He has an academic background in Egyptology at Leiden University. In recent years, while supporting European municipalities in the digital transition, the impact of digitalisation on society and on the meaning of ‘being human’, has his specific attention. Hillen likes to reinvent himself based on what life’s journey brings and what inspires him, and tries to follow his heart in choosing the next steps on his path. This path has so far led him to live, work and study in Amsterdam, San Francisco, Tokyo and Cairo, recently choosing for a life in the countryside in The Netherlands to enjoy closeness to nature, social cohesion and homegrown foods. Ecological Memes feels to him like a gathering of kindred spirits, all bringing something unique on our collective journey. Hillen is very excited to join in the exploration of a realignment and upliftment of human-nature relations, a holistic worldview, and emergent expressions through arts, science, artisanship and technology.

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Shuhei Tashiro
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Shuhei Tashiro is a social entrepreneur and an aspiring anthropologist. His current graduate research at Heidelberg University focuses on materialist anthropology and transcultural history of thought. He also co-directs Ecological Memes, a Japan-based community of regenerators. As co-founder of Sustainable Ocean Alliance Japan, he has coordinated various projects and campaigns to advance the agenda of ocean sustainability. His passions include writing articles and stories on a range of topics such as activism, culture, and philosophy.

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