Noriko Okaku

Born in Japan and currently works and lives in London

Noriko Okaku produces work in animated video, drawing, sculpture and audio/visual live performance. Her work in various media often retains a collage art element. She borrows, adopts, copies and recycles existing images to explore the diverse avenues of perception. 
Her work explores the eclecticism and mystery/strangeness underlying everyday objects and actions.

The Interpreter: Noriko Okaku was selected in 2015 for a Parts & Labour commission in partnership with Animate Projects, QUAD and D-Lab to complete a three month residency in Derby.
Heavily inspired by Derbyshire’s history, myths and legend, Okaku has created a series of collage works that form a new Tarot, loaded with symbolism, intrigue and mystical imagery. Alongside this body of work Noriko created a new animation that brings this new mythical narrative to life.

Noriko Okaku was educated at Chelsea College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art, completing an MA (RCA) in Animation.

Solo Exhibitions
2015 The Interpreter, QUAD, Derby, UK
2013 Kinko-Ten, flowing Karasuma, Kyoto, Japan
2013 The Great Intruder of Memory II, Vague, Tokyo, Japan
2013 II - Parallel, HAKOBAKA Drawing Room, Kyoto, Japan
2011 Serpentine, Red Gallery, London. UK
2011 The Allegory of Mrs. Triangle, HAKOBAKA Gallery, Kyoto. Japan

Group Exhibitions
2016 Detached with Sergei Sviatchenko, Eikon Gallery at MQ, Vienna. Austria
2016 ASSEMBLAGE AT FIRMDALE, London, UK
2014 Folkestone Art Fringe, Unlocking the diary, Folkestone, UK
2014 gaming gaming, Copenhagen, Denmark 2013: Pyeong Chang Biennale, Korea
2011 W Hotel exhibition curated by Art Center Nabi, Korea
2011 Art Experiment 2011, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Russia
2011 Hakono Hajimari, HAKOBAKA Gallery, Kyoto. Japan
2011 Transform, Asifakeil/quartier21 at Museum Quartier, Vienna. Austria
2003 Strategies Against Marketecture, Temporary Contemporary Gallery, London. UK

Education
2003 - 2005 Royal College of Art, MA (rca) in Animation
2000 - 2003 Chelsea College of Art and Design, BA Fine Art Media

Awards
2013 Best film, Lucca Film Festival, Italy. Juried by Peter Greenaway
2011 Best Music Video Award, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada
2010 Best Audiovisual Performance, International Videofestival Bochum, Germany
2003 Beck’s Futures Student Prize, ICA, UK