Contemporary art, graphic design, interior design, architecture, fashion and so on, contemporary artsist Satoshi Hata‘s creativity are wodespread and penetrate through categories of creation. Immaculate Concept is an independent fashion brand through which he puts out his ideas and concepts on art and fashion in collaboration with a fashion designer Miki Kodama. Adapting an idea ‘ fashion as art’, Immaculate Concept has just had an fashion show in Hamburg, Germany.

Please the first to introduce yourself.

Satoshi Hata, a contemporary artist, was born in Sapporo. I had shown extensively in Sapporo since 1983, soon after, actived at galleries and museums in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya and so on, and then I stayed in Germany about one year in 1995 by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) as the German governmental art academy scholarship program. After I returned to native province, I could receive the VOCA Encourage Prize at the Uenomori Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo (a group exhibition “VOCA”). I received the Budapest Art Academy Foundation Prize at the Budapest Drawing of Sculpture Biennale ’96 in Budapest, Hungary also. And the same year, my art work was selected for the group exhibition “Hokkaido Art Today” at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, and then it made exhibitions the round of four museums in Hokkaido.
In this year 1998, I was selected as a Japanese artist at the group exhibition “Asia Print Adventure” by artists of fifteen countries in Asia at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art. I bring into action mainly in Germany and Sapporo lately. And I have made appearance mainly exhibitions of fashion brand “Immaculate Concept” as art since 1997, that colaborated with fashin designer Miki Kodama.

What’s is the “Immaculate Concept”?

It is a fashion brand that is collaboration of I, Satoshi Hata, and fashion designer Miki Kodama.
Concept is, simple and clearly, a fashion as art. As we do not have a sales network, we fundamentally do not think about function, ratiionalization and marketing. It is persistently a expressionism, and the limited of conceptual art. As I told a little while ago, we do not the sales network, we hold exhibitions for new works twice a year.

What clue did you start to make clothes?

When interviewer asked me, “Do you have anything what you want to do without art?” at interview of a local magazine, I answered, “I’d like to make clothes”. After that, one producer saw it and recommended me “Fashion Project #1” (Theme: merge art and fashion) the sponsor by Hokkaido Newspaper, and so I made debut as fashion designer with Miki Kodama. By that time, I could make a installation as contemporary art in the fashion, that applied stage design, film and performance.

Although you have a career as contemporary artist, can you put your knowledge of contemporary art to practical use in the fashion design?

I do not feel particular difference between fashion design and contemporary art, because I grasp that fashion design is in the contemporary art.
And so I, like this the doctrine of art for art’s sake, do not think much about design, concept, making and wearing. So, I think that my partner Miki Kodama goes through difficulties, comprated with me.
For example, as weight of the coat made with silicon gom is twenty kirograms, I thought models felt so hard that wore them. However I have been taken the priority of my design I want to see.
Artists basically have and keep thier way. I believe that Immaculate Concept makes good use of that’s way. Probabry, I feel that I do not have knowledge of dressmaking is better.

Would you give us a more concrete explanation how to make?

To be more concrete, the first designs, concepts and materials were my ideas. And I had dialogues with Miki Kodama that they could carry out or not as clothes in reality. After soon we could find way, Miki Kodama made basic patterns and design, and should complete them. After that we ordered to the factory is normal process.
However, when the final decoration, accourding to circumstances I put my hand. In this way made new works are a lot.

Although in this time you will hold your solo exhibition, and at the same time the fashion show also, why are they in Hamburg?

Because I know a lot of Germany art people on accourding of staying in Germany about one year four years ago, and so I have exhibitions. And as I have good relationships with artists and Japanese director Mikiko Sato there, there are opportunity as second position.
To say about fashion, fashion is very popular in Hamburg, because the famous designer Jil Sander was actived. There are a lot of young artists, and so Immaculate Concept will hold collection at the space managing by fifteen young designer.
The another reason is Hamburg is so wounderful that there are a lot of nature in spite of the second big city in Germany. I love so much.

What’s in it?

Art works exhibit at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in this year, will exhibit at the solo exhibition of contemporary art.
It is that two photos by highth: five meters and weight: three meters, will be set in the wall and floor, and then two speaker will loud voices of interviews by sampling on fourty fertz.
Title is “Copy”. Art works have a conception of parent and child in the present social, difference thought by generation, the mankind’s timeless copy (parent) and gene (DNA) and so on. I am going to exhibit seven such art works. About fashion, twenty five avant-garde works in clothes of Immaculate Concept are presented. Four models from Japan and local models are Asian. It will be collaboration between Stylist and Hair and Make-up maker also from Japan and Hair designer in Hamburg.

Fashion world changes that designer expect fashion designer over the world made independence fashion. How do you think about it?

I have interresting. Because In the beginning of 1990, Poul Poware hold the fashion show for the first time, was also influenced by avant-garde art, film, music and so on, all knows that he had a direct influence fashion world so far. Historic events give us that any cultures producted a new superior culture by exchange of any difference cultures. I think this tendency is getting more in future.
I think all cultures have such a things, not limited to fashion.
I also do not limited to contemporary art, I produced graphic design, interior design, architect now. I think it is good that various artists become multimedia artist.

How do you think that your activity in Sapporo?

A few years ago, I felt Sapporo was local city in Japan. But now, I think it is not local city. I realized Sapporo is also one erea over the world.
But when Sapporo compares with Tokyo, there is no so many business. I think although there are a little disadvantage in marketing and opotunity, there is no difference only in information.
If I keep good stance by the atelier (the work studio) is conveniently located, I recently feel Sapporo is the best location. Because there is internet now and I can catch informations in the central city, I could see the world.
And, I like Sapporo better than anything else and want to be presented, because I was born.

Please tell me your plan from now.

In the meantime, I am planning to hold solo exhibitions in Bremen, Germany and in Nagoya, and group exhibition at the Port Side Gallery in Yokohama.
In fashion, it is planning to show in Sapporo, Germany and Tokyo.
Now, I have interesting in producing younger artists than me.

Please send readers a message in Hamburg and vicinity.

Hello. This is Satoshi Hata. I am going to hold my solo art exhibition and fashion show in Hamburg. I stayed about one year in Worpswede near Bremen four years ago. I love Germany for a long time, because I think it fosters that Joseph Beuys and Gerhard Richter settled there.
Anyway, Germany and Europe are so great, and so I have a dear feeling also. I am so happy, because I can hold my exhibitions in such a feeling location. When you have a free time, I really hope that you will come to my solo exhibition and fashion show.

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Text and Translation; Satoru Tanno

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