visual arts Arc-et-Senans

Naoki Miyasaka/

Visual arts

Originally from Japan, Naoki Miyasaka graduated from the Académie royale des Beaux-arts in Brussels in 2010. She began her doctorate in 2012 at the Tokyo University of the Arts, and benefited from a five-month exchange at the Beaux-arts de Paris in the studios of Emmanuel Saulnier and Ann Veronica Janssens. Working in a number of sculpture studios, she refined her work on the spatial setting by taking into account the history of sculpture and its contemporary issues.

In 2016, she obtained her doctorate with a thesis entitled 'The gentle displacement of perception'. In it, she proposed a theory of methods for gently shifting from one register of perception to another, inspired by Clement Greenberg's concept of medium specificity as well as Rosalind E. Krauss's question of the post-medium.

Since then, her artistic practice has continued to move between Japan and Europe, drawing in particular on French philosophical and architectural references. For example, she has developed several works around Le Corbusier's 'Modulor', thanks to a residency at the Cité des arts in Paris in 2019, supported by the Le Corbusier Foundation, Villa Kujoyama and the French Institute.

Residency project:
Her latest research into utopian architecture led her to discover Claude-Nicolas Ledoux. She was particularly interested in his use of the Panopticon in the drawings for the Saline royale at Arc-et-Senans. Her current project is to design sculptures based on this speculative hypothesis and to deploy them as installations in specific spaces.