Reina Imagawa is a media artist and designer with a background in architecture and anthropology. Raised in Tokyo and New York, she is currently finishing her MFA in Media Design Practices at ArtCenter College of Design (Pasadena, California, USA) while working on projects in Mexico City.
Her work intervenes in spaces of institutional power and identifies opportunities for co-design, negotiating and advocating for the greater spatial and creative agency of non-institutional actors. It is a two-fold process that is invested in learning how a designer can negotiate space for research and production in spaces where they traditionally do not belong in.
Her work in the museum is interested in the materialist history of the museum space that is implied through the body movements and observations of the museum guards. The Unknown Museum produces a series of “exhibitions” that take the guards outside the scripted museum space into public urban spaces. It invites the guards to display their everyday narratives of the contemporary art museum through performances of leisure, revealing their relationship to the museum through play.
Lately she has been studying DIY/house parties and the socio-spatial rules DIY architecture enables people to script and advance. She is also planning to design a permanent, youth-only space in Mexico City for youth to be able to exercise increased spatial agency in the city.
To see her full CV, go here.
Teaching Assistant, ArtCenter College of Design
’MEGA-MEGA’ (Travelling Studio)
Pasadena, CA + Mexico City, Mexico (Jan - Mar, 2019)
Director, Skatelab in Museo Tamayo
Mexico City, Mexico (2018 - present)
YouTube: Reina Imagawa
To view her graduate studio blog, visit Cargo.