Portrait of Masayuki Kawai, courtesy of MORI YU GALLERY

Masayuki Kawai


Masayuki Kawai was born in 1972. He creates video works in a unique style that takes radical visions of philosophy and politics and critiques informational society and the essence of the media. His broad styles and activities are unconstrained by existing genres such as film, contemporary art, and media arts.

To establish a critical role for video art in the society of the spectacle, he founded an organization for video art, Videoart Center Tokyo, in 2001 and was its director until 2004. He also worked as an art director at Phaidros Cafe, an innovative video art cafe in Shibuya, Tokyo from 2001 to 2004. He has contributed to many video art projects such as curating programs, organizing festivals, and publishing magazines worldwide. He writes critical discourses as an author in many books and magazines.

He stayed in New York from 2005 to 2007 as a grantee of the Japanese Government Cultural Department program and the POLA art foundation program. He has also been invited to Artist-in-Residency programs in Jerusalem and Paris.

He was a member of the jury of the 58th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival in 2012. 

In 2011 and 2012, he served as one of the founders and program director of "Hors Pistes Tokyo",  a cutting-edge annual moving image art festival co-organized by the Centre Pompidou. In 2016, he became its general director.

In 2008, he launched a collaborative project, "REF lab.," with various creators, and has made many events to create a new cultural scene of the media under the concept of "visual philosophy".

His works have been shown in over 30 countries, and he has won numerous awards at media art festivals and exhibitions worldwide. A collection of his works can be seen at the Queens Museum of Art in New York (U.S.) and at the National Museum of Art in Osaka (Japan).

Masayuki Kawai is represented by MORI YU GALLERY, Kyoto and Chi-Wen Gallery, Taipei.


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