Sachiko Kodama

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Sachiko Kodama is a Japanese artist. She is best known for her artwork using ferrofluid, a dark colloidal suspension of magnetic nano-particles dispersed in solution. It remains strongly magnetic in its fluid.[1] By controlling this black fluid with magnetic field, it can be shaped to create complex 3-dimensional forms. The shape will never be the same. People say Kodama's works are "liquid sculpture".[2]

Kodama started her ferrofluid art project “ Protrude,Flow” in 2000. Her first interactive art work “Protrude,Flow” using ferrofluid was created in collaboration with Minako Takeno in 2001."[3] "Protrude, Flow"(2001) was exhibited at the SIGGRAPH 2001 Art Gallery[4] and it was one of the most popular works at the conference. The same piece was exhibited at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles and also at the Mood River exhibition held at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus.[5]

In 2010 Kodama exhibited “Morpho Tower” and “Breathing Chaos” at Cyber Arts Japan, a media art exhibition hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.[6] Matthew Larking described her work as "Sachiko Kodama's small yet powerful piece "Morpho Tower" displays a seemingly organic life form, which is actually ferrofluid dynamically sculpted by electromagnets."

She is now producing and showing many artworks in public and having a major impact on Media Art.[7][8][9]


Kodama was born in Kagoshima Prefecture and raised in the Shizuoka Prefecture. Kagoshima is the southwestern tip of the Kyushu island of Japan. It is a subtropical area. Its biological diversity greatly inspired her curiosity toward art and science. She graduated in Physics at the Department of Science at Hokkaido University in 1993 then shifting her focus, entered the University of Tsukuba's Graduate School of Art and Design. After holding a Ph.D in Art from the University of Tsukuba she has been teaching in the University of Electro-communications in Tokyo as an associate professor.[10][11]

Award [12][edit]

• The 5th Media Arts Festival, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Grand Prize (Digital Art Interactive Division)2001
• The 16th Digital Content Grand Prix, Digital Content Association of Japan, Art Award, 2001
• Japan Information-Culture Society, Art Award 2002


Sachiko's work has been exhibited world-wide. Her shows are noted including group and solo shows:

• Souls&Machines (Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid) 2008
• Ars Electronica 2009 Device Art Exhibit (Ars Electronica Center, Linz) 2009
• ArtFutura 2009 (Auditorio IMAGINA, Barcelona) 2009
• The Armory Show 2010 (Morpho Tower with Acura ZDX team, New York) 2010
• Japan Media Arts Festival in Istanbul (Pera Museum, Istanbul) 2010
• Poetry of Motion - External Exhibition Ars Electronica (Automobilforum Unter den Linden, Berlin) 2010
• Silicon Dreams- Art, Science and Technology in the European Union (Tabakalera, San Sebastián) 2010
• ArtFutura XXI (Bilbao, Spain) 2011
• Morpho Tower was shown at CHANEL's J12 watch events in Paris/Tokyo/New York 2011
• Sachiko Kodama 'My Little Sea' at NC Soft 'Creative Fountain' (Curator:Art Center Nabi), Seoul 2011
• Sachiko Kodama Solo Exhibition, Input/Output Gallery, Hong Kong 2011
• 'Transmutation' Exhibition, Highline Loft, New York 2012 [13]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Jennifer N.Thonmpson (2005). Transmaterial. Princeton Architectural Press. p. 71. ISBN 978-1568985633. 
  2. ^ Blaine Brownell (2011). Matter in the Floating world. Princeton Architectural Press. pp. 192–199. ISBN 978-1568989969. 
  3. ^ Edward A. Shanken (Ed.) (2009). Art and Electronic Media. Phaidon Press Limited. pp. 21–22. ISBN 978 07148 4782 5. 
  4. ^ "SIGGRAPH 2001: N-Space Art Gallery: Protrude, Flow". SIGGRAPH. 
  5. ^ Cuevas-Wolf, Cristina. "Time/Space, Gravity, and Light". College Art Association, Inc. 
  6. ^ Thompson, Mark. "Cyber Arts Japan: As interactive as they want to be". The Japan Times. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Conny Freyer; Sebastien Noel; Eva Rucki (2009). DIGITAL BY DESIGN. Thames & Hudson. pp. 122–124. ISBN 9780500514382. 
  8. ^ Herausgegeben von; Gerfried Stocker; Christine Schopf (2003). Ars Electronica 2003: Code:The Language of our Time. Hatje Cantz Publishers. p. 424. ISBN 978-3775713566. 
  9. ^ Montxo Algora. Art Futura 2008. Art Futura. pp. 26–29. ISBN 849220849X. 
  10. ^ Kodama, Sachiko. "Dynamic ferrofluid sculpture: organic shape-changing art forms". Communications of the ACM. 
  11. ^ Majzoub, Maha. "Magnetic Appeal:Sachiko Kodama Sets the Lows of Attraction (Interview of Sachiko Kodama)". 
  12. ^ Gallery Sakamaki website, / "Profile of sachiko kodama"
  13. ^ Teddy Lo, Sachiko Kodama And Ryota Kuwakubo Glow At 'Transmutation' Exhibition In New York [1] International Business Times