Kioto Aoki is a visual artist whose practice includes photography, film, books and installations to engage the material specificity of the analogue image and image-making process. Using the nuances of time, space, form, light and motion, her work explores different modes of perception as it relates to the space between the still and the moving image. Her work also explores the photographic and cinematic interpretations of the body in space and includes a series of dance-movement films. She has exhibited and screened in Chicago, Berlin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and Japan. Her work is held in Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Library. Kioto received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently an artist in resident for HATCH Projects at the Chicago Artists Coalition.
Portrait by Devina Yoestong
Kioto Aoki, Jan Tichy, & Benito Juarez Community Academy
Animate in Place builds on previous years of collaboration between Benito Juarez Community Academy and CPS Lives, incorporating analogue photographic processes into creative projects, and this year introducing elements of moving image. Students from the IB digital arts course began by looking at various optical toys developed in the 19th century, which reflect humanity’s long standing fascination with suggestive movement and can be traced back to prehistoric cave paintings. Linking their photographic studies with these early moving image techniques, the students were tasked to create their own short narratives as stop motion animations from home, photographing on their smartphones to animate the space and objects around them. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the world has reached a moment of temporary stasis, with the home as its central axis. Thus students were encouraged to think about what it means to animate this space during the shelter-in-place measures, resulting in site-specific and situationally-specific narratives.