BUG is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Japan and Berlin based artist hayate kobayashi. The title of this exhibition, polyparole, is a word coined by kobayashi, combining poly-, meaning multiple, and parole, which in linguistics means an act of speech performed by an individual in a specific situation. 

In 2020, kobayashi received a scholarship from the Ezoe Memorial Recruit Foundation to study at the Berlin University of the Arts. However, the pandemic of COVID-19 infection that occurred at the same time as his study abroad deepened racial divisions and conflicts. kobayashi was temporarily unable to return to his home country, and experienced a state of exophony (German for state of being outside the mother tongue) in an unknown land, which led him to think about the stranger.” 

One of the works in the exhibition, Space-in-translation, was created in response to a conversation with a poet from China’s Sichuan Province who defected to Berlin. The poet describes his exile as I ran(我跑了).” kobayashi uses these words as words that resonate with different contexts and attempts to stitch the strangers together. 

In this exhibition, we hear the murmur of several people, based on the keywords that have interested kobayashi in recent years: exophony,” “immigrant, and queerness. kobayashi, who was exposed to the murmur of people with various backgrounds in Berlin, conveys a simple yet powerful message, “The personal is political,” through apparatuses, video, multilingual poetry, and podcasts. 

About the Artist
hayate kobayashi

Artist / researcher / filmmaker.

Born in 1995. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Recently graduated from Art and Media at the Berlin University of the Arts. Based on his local research of image studies and media archaeology, kobayashi explores a new form of narrative with moving images and self-made apparatuses. His recent works focus on exophony and its narrative in perspectives of translation and identities. 


He completed a Master Program in Film and New Media Studies at the Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts. His work was selected for the New Face Award of the Art Division at the 24th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2021. His recent solo exhibition include: How to Relume Your Mind, Imageforum Cinematheque, Tokyo, Japan (2020); and his work has been included in group exhibition such as: MORE STRANGE THINGS, silent green, Berlin (2024). 


2024.6.26WED 7.21SUN

Opening Hours

11:00 — 19:00