sachiko hayashi
Since the beginning
Works in Falerum Sweden

works primarily with net art and video. Her works consistently aim at integrating use of technology and aesthetic/conceptual/social discourses. more info at
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Experimentation #1 - new work using Kinect, Processing, and Second Life

Experimentation #1 is a project consisting of use of Kinect, Processing, and Second Life. Kinect captures real-life body movement to control avatar movement in Second Life. Kinect is also used for the part of real-life audio-visual performance, for which the manipulation is done in real-time via programming in Processing. The sound is generated by computer glitch in real-time also through gestural interface. The audio-visual performance is then streamed into Second Life to be combined with the movement of the avatar in real-time.
Experimentation #1 has been made possible with support from HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden. This machinima was made of documentation materials taken in HUMlab's H3 location. Second Life location at HUMlab sim.


Call for Articles

Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:20

Call for Articles:

Online journal Hz ( is looking for articles on New Media, Sound Art, Electro-Acoustic Music, Virtual World/Machinima and Social Media. We accept earlier published and unpublished articles in English. Please send your submissions to

Deadline: 10 March, 2012

Hz is published by the non-profit organisation Fylkingen in Stockholm. Established in 1933, Fylkingen has been known for introducing yet-to-be-established art forms throughout its history. Nam June Paik, Stockhausen, Cage, Stelarc, etc. have all been introduced to the Swedish audience through Fylkingen. Its members consist of leading composers, musicians, sound artists, dancers, performance artists and video artists in Sweden. For more information on Fylkingen, please visit or


Yoshikaze Presents Fau Ferdinand

Mon Jan 23, 2012 22:10 - Fri Jan 27, 2012

Umeå, Sweden

Yoshikaze "Up-In-The-Air" Second Life Residency presents 
Fau Ferdinand a.k.a. Yael Gilks
23 - 27 January 2012
@ HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden
Opening Hours: 8am - 4 pm Weekdays
Opening: 23 January Between 2pm - 4pm
Artist Talk at 2pm on 23 January


"On virtual landscapes and real feelings.
Photons, camera lens, screen, eye -  mashed then mashed again.
Are landscapes seen from afar not virtual ? I can hardly see a thing but colour anyway, unless it’s on a screen near me soon.
The shrinking field of view, that particular scene  affects me - that  bird I couldn’t save. The cat too fast and ants have spread the word. Life abounds around death.
I join in, giving up on quality  to make believe I’m really there though I was there.
Inflation and deflation of an avatar that was death before processing. Death gets pregnant by Deformation.
The avatar, as the persona, is a battlefield.
I’m what eats me.
Distress grabbed."

(Fau Ferdinand)


Fau Ferdinand, a.k.a. Yael Gilks, is an established Second Life performance artist, who has produced memorable works since her entry into SL in 2004.  Her work manifests metamorphosis of life, often dealing with the theme of life and death, from one state of existence to another,  in a manner almost expressed as surreal.  Dissolving in fluidity, her subjects enter her world through the dreamscape which surrounds her Self. 

During her residency at Yoshikaze, she has taken a step into a new direction, in which video/machinima proceeds not only as a mere documentation of her virtual performance but as a hybrid medium of the virtual and videoart for which she expands her theme as the end result. 

Between 23 - 27 January 2012 at HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden, Yoshikaze is pleased to present her first independent videowork "Bird Funeral" which she has completed during her Yoshikaze residency.  In addition the exhibition offers an opportunity to experience two additional derivative videoworks, into which "Bird Funeral" with the elements from the virtual world has metamorphosed itself through the techniques of moving image.

Currently Fau Ferdinand/Yael Gilks is a co-director and co-curator of SL sim Odyssey.  Her work "Bird Funeral" completed at Yoshikaze is online at The remains of "Bird Funeral" can be experienced inworld at Yoshikaze residency spot:

Curated by Goodwind Seiling/Sachiko Hayashi in collaboration with HUMlab. The poster designed by Beatrice Rosberg at HUMlab.

Yoshikaze "Up-in-the-Air" Residency ( is a Second Life residency programme run by Sachiko Hayashi together with SL HUMlab sim manager James Barrett from HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden. As part of HUMlab, its 3264 sqm land in Second Life supports SL artists in their pursuit of virtual art practices and researches.  For inquiries, please contact:

Yoshikaze is funded and hosted by HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden.


Launch: New Work "Seduction" + Relaunch "N00sphere Playground"

Sat Oct 15, 2011 15:00 - Sun Nov 13, 2011

My 2008 Second Life interactive sound installation "N00sphere Playground" is being relaunched on the Japanese sim Amatsu as part of the Japanese annual festival between 15 October and 13 November in Second Life.  In conjunction, a new work "Seduction" is also being launched on the same sim.
"N00sphere Playground" was commissioned by TaggingArt in Copenhagen as part of Virtual Moves exhibition at the National Gallery of Denmark.  Since then it has been permanently installed on HUMlab sim hosted by Umeå University in Sweden.  Now the work is re-installed on Amatsu sim for the festival, together with my new work "Seduction."
"Seduction" is a new SL installation that contains interactive sound objects.  As the visitors interact with them, they leave their traces behind.  As in "N00sphere Playground," avatars' interactions with the sound objects create subtle nuances in sound composition, from silence to various volumes, each time different in its polyphonies.
More info on the works can be found here:
The two works are linked for the festival (from "N00sphere Playground" to "Seduction") but can also be visited separately:

"N00sphere Playground":


Yoshikaze Presents Katerina Karoussos

Mon Sep 05, 2011 19:45 - Fri Sep 09, 2011

Umeå, Sweden

Yoshikaze "Up-In-The-Air" Second Life Residency presents
5-9 September 2011
@ Umeå University, Sweden
Opening Hours: 8am-4pm Weekdays
Opening: 5 September Between 2pm-4pm
Artist Talk at the Opening via Video Skype at 2pm
Curated by Sachiko Hayashi in collaboration with James Barrett at HUMlab

NOETIC GRACE - FROM IMAGE TO IMAGO "regards the process of 'virtual vision' such as St. John of Damascus yielded, back in the 7th century. It refers to a course of action that disregards the conventional way of viewing as it entertains the idea of intellectual vision which is beyond any sensory origin. The intellectual eye gazes without any supporting images to the image itself as an endoscopic procedure. In this context the noetic awareness faces all of what can be seen and unseen as epiphanies." (Katerina Karoussos)
Katerina Karoussos' exploration into our noetic awareness in the virtual as our Yoshikaze artist between 20 May and 5 August this year has led her to step-by-step inquiries into "imago" of the virtual.  Her residency has been a unique journey, for which her objective from the start was rather to conduct an in-depth examination of virtual vision than to produce work of art.  With the concept of image as an apparition of our mind, her voyage consisted of a series of experimentations to better apprehend our new state, each unfolding a subtle rupture of our auto-responses from the reminiscent unconsciously employed.  The process of her exploration has been thoroughly documented on our blog ( and in a print-on-demand book from Lulu (  
Between 5-9 September Yoshikaze will proudly present a new video by Katerina Karoussos at HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden.  This video puts together her observations in Second Life during her Yoshikaze residency as a singular work of art, and exposes the dimension of her philosophical concern by revealing her course of contemplation over our noesis on time, space, physical entities, natural phenomena, and body.  The exhibition will be combined with her presentation at HUMlab at 2 pm on 5 September.
Katerina Karoussos is an artist and researcher. Her research is based on the convergence of old and new media and especially between Byzantine and new media visual practices. From 1994 to 2003 she was the director and a co-founder of the Hellenic Center of Fine & Applied Arts. From 2004 since 2010 she was working at The Athens School of Fine Arts as a free lancer at the Fresco studio. She holds a Master of Arts from Middlesex University in Art & Technology Interdisciplinary Methods. From 2009, Karoussos is a member of Planetary Collegium (CAiiA) as a PhD Candidate under the supervision of Pr. Roy Ascott. She has participated in many international conferences (ISEA, Aber, Dimea, Consciousness Reframes Series etc).  Apart from her work as a Byzantine mural painter at Orthodox churches her work has been exhibited in various international media exhibitions (Athens, Japan, Madrid, New York, Frankfurt, Montenegro, Cuba etc).
Yoshikaze "Up-in-the-Air" Residency ( is a Second Life residency programme run by Sachiko Hayashi together with SL HUMlab sim manager James Barrett from HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden. As part of HUMlab, its 3264 sqm land in Second Life supports SL artists in their pursuit of virtual art practices and researches.  For inquiries, please contact:
Yoshikaze is funded and hosted by HUMlab, Umeå University.