Born in Kobe in 1969, Shimabuku collects unlikely encounters. Inspired by situationist deviations, he travels widely, interacting with the living world through his work, pushing the boundaries between imagination and physical reality.
Shimabuku initially wanted to be a poet, then a tourist guide. He graduated from the Osaka College of Art and the San Francisco Art Institute, and developed an approach based on a deep and continuous empathy with his environment. Since the 1990s, the artist has explored and travelled the world, listening to its rumblings and vibrations, which are reflected in his protean work. His installations, sculptures, drawings, writings, photographs, videos and performances, combined or produced separately, originate in encounters, stories and anecdotes relating to interactions with living things – people, animals, plants – and the mineral world. Unexpected, sometimes absurd, but always tinged with humor and poetry, his interventions create new situations characterized by simple actions and events based on great economy of means, which engage his participation or that of others, and are documented by the artist through text and image, either fixed or animated.
Throughout his career, he has received grants to work in Marseille, France, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Banff, Canada, and Berlin, Germany, and has served as a guest lecturer at the Braunschweig School of Art (Germany), the Ecole des beaux-arts de Bordeaux, and the Zurich University of the Arts. He has exhibited at the Sydney Biennale, l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris), the Centre Pompidou, the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam, Netherlands), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo), the Yokohama Triennale, and the Venice Biennale, among others.