Daito Manabe and Motoi Ishibashi are continuously active as artists, designers and engineers operating across a broad range of fields. While involved as programmers and engineers in various commissioned works created in-residence at YCAM, they have been working on numerous large-scale projects embracing business solutions and information services. Armed with unique ideas and excellent skills, they keep charting new territories and possibilities in media expression through the development of original devices, interface design and programming-based system planning in the realm of industrial development and the production of commercial spaces. As creators covering a wide range of media, they have been part of numerous cross-national collaborative projects, while operating a recently established creative space for research and experimentation. Together they are actively engaging in the formation of a community that functions as a hub for experimental media technology-based artistic work, and an aggregation of human resources and technologies.
Next to unveiling their brand new work as one major attraction of "media art", this exhibition includes a screening of video footage introducing the duo's previous experimental projects and other endeavors, with the aim to indicate possible future directions in creative work based on interaction and the human body.
Daito Manabe + Motoi Ishibashi "SONIC Floor" (Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery & Studio, 2007)
Daito Manabe + Motoi Ishibashi "Command Line Wave" (2008)
Daito Manabe + Motoi Ishibashi "Pa++ern"(2009)
Workshop (Setagaya Public Theatre, 2009)
Artist / Designer
Born 1976 in Tokyo. Graduated from Tokyo University of Science, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics, and from the IAMAS Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences. Has been focusing on the particularities, commonalities and reciprocal functions of the senses of touch and hearing through works incorporating vibration and super low frequencies, as well as performances using myoelectric sensors and low-frequency generators. Participated in various art projects in Japan and abroad as an experimental turntablist. Established Rhizomatiks co., ltd. in 2006, and continues to cover a broad range of media from web design to interactive design in his work as a developer and producer of exhibition systems for corporate enterprises and fashion brands among others. Member of DGN and 4nchor5 la6. In 2009 his work scoreLight was awarded at the Japan Media Arts Festival, Entertainment category. In the same year, he was a member of the jury at the Ars Electronica Festival, Digital Music category. At YCAM, he participated in numerous events including path (UA + Kazuhisa Uchihashi, 2005), filmachine (Keiichiro Shibuya + Takashi Ikegami, 2006), true (2007) and others. In 2010 he was an instructor at the Search'n Search workshop.
Programmer / Engineer / System designer
Born 1975. Graduated from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Department of Control and Systems Engineering, and from the IAMAS Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences. In addition to producing artworks utilizing digital media, he engages in the creation of anything that is innovative, entertaining and technology-based, as well as in other protocol-themed development and production work. Established his company DGN in 2006. Has been in charge of interface design, device planning and programming for corporate enterprises and fashion brands' lounges, as well as the development and production of exhibition systems at science museums and other facilities. Has been co-running the research and production space "4nchor5 la6" since 2008, while energetically pursuing his creative work across such varied fields as art, design, research and performance. Many of his works have been selected as special recommendations by the review committee of the Japan Media Arts Festival in the past. At YCAM, he was involved in the production of numerous events including the Amodal Suspension opening project by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (2003), the Time! Time! Time! exhibition (2005), true (2007), and others. In 2010 he was an instructor at the Search'n Search workshop.