Masaki Fujihata is one of the most well-renowned Japanese media artists. His work blends technology with novel approaches to interpret memory and place. He uses technology to create interactive artworks that invite the audience to participate in producing the art by actively using the artwork for its intended or other purpose. This interaction shapes the reception of the artwork and the life of the art once it exists.
The Shimura Bros is a sibling duo of Japanese artists Yuka and Kento Shimura. They represent an impressive younger generation of media artists that continue to uphold the tradition of Japanese creativity in this avant-garde field. Their works have been shown internationally and they were awarded an excellence prize at the 13th Japanese Media Arts Festival, a national platform for visual artists in the technology field.
Iwai Toshiro and Tenori-On
Iwai Toshiro won the world’s affection when he created the beautiful and entertaining Tenori-On musical instrument. This highly addictive musical instrument fuses LED lights and musical notes to create a visual and beautiful game-like interface to create electronic music. The tenori-on was released in 2008 and became a popular instrument of many electronic musicians and bands as well as individuals around the world.
Atsuko Tanaka was one of the very early pioneers in media art, combining electronic lightbulbs with traditional Japanese clothing as she did. Her electric dress (pictured above) was originally created in 1956 but has been reproduced since then to introduce new generations to her pioneering vision.
Daito Manabe, born 1976 in Tokyo, rose to fame over his very intimate experimentations with technology and body manipulation. His most famous work used electronic stimuli to target certain facial muscles and create artificial emotions and expressions. Daito Manabe is also an electronic musician and DJ and he often works to create visual expressions that match with electronic music.
Mariko Mori, born in Tokyo in 1967, is famous for her depictions of posthumanism and cyborgs. She dresses herself as an anime-like cyborg character to represent what a future in which humans are augmented by technology may look like. Her vision of the future tells a vivid tale of our technological future.