Born in 1960 in Nagano Prefecture, ABE graduated from the Department of Aesthetics and Art History, Tokyo University of the Arts. From 1990 to 2001 he worked as a curator for the Canon ARTLAB project. Since then, he has worked on numbers of original projects including LOVERS [Kyoto Art Center, 2016] by FURUHASHI Teiji, molecular informatics [Yamaguchi Center of Arts and Media “YCAM”, 2011] by MIKAMI Seiko, and IO_DENCIES [Canon ARTLAB, 1997] by Knowbotic Research. He worked for the “YCAM” pre-opening office from 2001, and from 2003 to March 2017, he had been both the Artistic Director and the Deputy Director of “YCAM”. At “YCAM”, he has curated and produced various original projects including datamatics  and supersymmetry  by IKEDA Ryoji, ENSEMBLES  by OHTOMO Yoshihide, LIFE-fluid, invisible, inaudible… by SAKAMOTO Ryuichi and TAKATANI Shiro, polar m  by Carsten NICOLAI and Marko PELJHAN, particles  by Daito Manabe + Motoi Ishibashi, Vanishing Mesh , and Korogaru koen series (Rolling Park) . 2016 Berlin “transmediale award 06” International Jury, 2009 Taipei “The 4th Digital Art Festival Awards” International Jury, 2014-2016 “The Art Encouragement Prizes” Jury of the Media Arts Division, and 2017 Gwangju “The Third ACC Festival” Guest Director.
Born in 1950 in Aichi Prefecture, FUJIMOTO graduated from the Department of Musicology of Osaka University of Arts. Among his major solo exhibitions are Audio Picnic at the Museum, held one day each year from 1997 to 2006 (Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City), Reading to Another Dimension (Center for Contemporary Graphic Art and Tyler Graphic Archive Collection [CCGA], 2001), Here and There (Nagoya City Art Museum, 2006), ÉCHO—Son Virtuel (Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007), Philosophical Toys (Otani Memorial Art Museum, 2007), +/- (The National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2007), and Relations (Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, 2007). His major group exhibitions include the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001 and the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. Since the mid-1980s, he has been creating devices and sound objects that visualize “sound” in everyday life. Through installations, performances and workshops he has conducted activities to reveal a new form of perception through the experience of “sound in space.”
Born in 1972 in Tokyo, ISHIDA is a painter and film artist. He most commonly uses a technique of drawn animation in which he draws lines in the space and shoots images of them one frame at a time. By interposing multiplying lines, moving points, and other mobile elements, his installations change the quality of the space. He received the Most Promising Young Talent Prize of the Gotoh Commemorative Culture Award in 2007. He is an associate professor at Tama Art University. His recent major exhibitions include MOT Collection Silent Narrator: On Plural Stories Special Feature: Takashi Ishida (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2011), Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan (Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 2012), Distilling Senses: A Journey through Art and Technology in Asian Contemporary Art (Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong, 2013), and BILLOWING LIGHT: ISHIDA Takashi (Solo Exhibition, Yokohama Museum of Art / Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, 2015).
MORIYAMA was engaged in the launch of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and its Images and Technology Gallery as a curator from 1989. While teaching at universities including the Graduate School of the University of Tokyo, Waseda University, and Bauhaus University, she has curated approximately 50 media art exhibitions in Japan and abroad. She has held her current position at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo since 2007. With a scholarship from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, she worked at ZKM and MIT Media Lab as an invited researcher. She served as a consulting curator at the J.P. Getty Research Institute and as a jury member for the Prix Ars Electronica. At SIGGRAPH Asia in 2008 (Singapore), she was the first Japanese chair of the program “Art Gallery / Emerging Technologies.” She also served as a jury member for NHK’s Japan Prize. Among the major exhibitions she has curated are IMAGINATION, A Universe in Storyboards–Birth of an Image, Meta-Visual, Haptic Literature–intersection of text/media art, Kohei Nawa–SYNTHESIS, Tokujin Yoshioka_Crystallize, mission [SPACEXART]–beyond cosmologies, and the Japan Media Arts Festival Linz Exhibition and Aichi Exhibition. Among her main published books are Re-Imagination and Meta-Visual (French Edition) (co-author and supervisor).
NAKAZAWA is an artist, born in 1963 in Niigata Prefecture. While studying at the Medical Department of Chiba University in 1983, he began his first artistic activities (acrylic painting). In 1990 he switched careers from being an oculist to an illustrator. He commenced a second artistic period, Silly CG, by replacing paintbrushes with a computer mouse. In 1997 he made a shift to fine art, substituting computer graphic pixels with symbols such as letters (this was his third artistic period, Method Painting). He resumed the use of colors in 2004, entering his fourth period, Serious Painting, New-Method and others. He wrote Methodicist Manifesto and New-Methodicist Manifesto. As named in official patent records, NAKAZAWA is the inventor of “Voxel Data Processing Using Attributes Thereof” and “Solid Object Generation.” He has published three books: Textbook of Modern Art History, The Lives of Western Painters, and Art History: Japan 1945-2014. He has also released music entitled Hideki Nakazawa Music Works. He won the MMA Artist Prize at the Multimedia Grand Prix ’95 and the Encouragement Prize at VOCA 2003. He founded the Artificial Intelligence Art and Aesthetics Research Group and has been its representative since 2016.
ENDO is a pioneer among Japanese game creators. Since the 1980s he has created numerous works in a variety of fields and genres, including arcade games, home video games, PC games, card games, mobile phone applications, and smart phone applications. He is currently working on the development of game-related textbooks and the education of the next generation of game creators, while also active as a leading force in game research in Japan.
Born in 1967, he has been affiliated with the Aomori Museum of Art since its set-up phase. KUDO specializes in Japanese postwar (WWII) art. He has been engaged in many projects that question the system of “art” and “exhibitions.” He has curated exhibitions including TATEISHI Tiger 1963-1993 (1994), YAMAMOTO Sakubei (1996), Jomon to gendai (The Jomon Period and the Present) (2007), The TERAYAMA SHUJI Theatre-Museum (2008), Love Love Show (2009), Art and Air (2012), and TOHL NARITA—Art / Special Effects / Monsters. He has also curated tour exhibitions such as The Chronicles of KAIYODO (from 2004 on, Art Tower Mito, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, et al.) and Box Art (from 2006 on, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, et al.). In recent years he formed Torimega Lab, which conducts research on visual cultures, together with MURAKAMI Atsushi (Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art) and KAWANISHI Yuri ( Iwami Art Museum, Shimane Arts Center). They have presented two exhibitions so far, Robots and the Arts (2010) and Bishojo: Young Pretty Girls in Art History (2014). His books include Aomori Art Museum Concept Book [Space Shower Books, 2014].
Born in 1974 in Tokyo, NAKAGAWA completed the coursework for the Doctoral Program at Waseda University Graduate School of Science and Engineering. Focusing mainly on games, animations and dramas, but expanding his interest into Japanese philosophy, urban theory, anthropology and information technology, he has written many reviews that bridge reality and fiction. He is currently the Associate Editor of PLANETS, a magazine of cultural criticism. Author of Tokyo Skytree Ron (Tokyo Skytree Theory) [Kobunsha, 2012] and Gendai Game Zenshi Bunmei no Yugishikan kara (The History of Contemporary Game: From the Historical View of Amusement in Civilization) [Hayakawa Shobo, 2016]. Co author and editor of works such as Shiso Chizu vol.4 (Thought Map vol.4) [NHK Publishing, 2009] and Amachan Memories [PLANETS and Bungeishunju, 2013]. He worked on the screenplay and story editing of the animation 6HP by MURAKAMI Takashi.
Born in 1975 in Kanagawa Prefecture, SAITO began his career in New York in 2000 after graduating from Columbia University with a Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design (MSAAD). Since then, he has been active in creative work at the Arnell Group, and returned to Japan upon being selected for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial event. He produces works in the commercial art field which are three-dimensional and interactive while also being based on the firm grounding in logical thought that he cultivated through architecture. He has won numerous international awards from 2009. He currently serves as Director of Rhizomatiks Co., Ltd., while also lecturing part-time at the Department of Graphic Design in the Faculty of Kyoto Seika University. 2013 D&AD “Digital Design” Jury, 2014 Cannes Lions “Branded Content and Entertainment” Jury. Milan Expo Japan Pavilion theatre space director, Media Art Director at Roppongi Art Night 2015. Good Design Award 2015-2016 Jury.
Born in Tokyo in 1961. Professor at Tama Art University and instructor at Bigakko. After graduating from the Hokkaido University of Education, he studied the sociology of education and language at Shinshu University, and also studied painting under KIKUHATA Mokuma at Bigakko. In 1994 he became the art director for WIRED magazine’s launch in Japan. In 1998 he founded ASYL DESIGN inc. (current Asyl). From 2003 to 2010 he produced Central East Tokyo (CET), an art, design and architecture event. In 2010 he was involved in the establishment of 3331 Arts Chiyoda. His work is included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, receiving awards from Japan and overseas. His artwork There, it has grown has been exhibited in Trans Arts Tokyo 2013-, Odate/Kita-Akita Arts Festival 2014, and other locations.
Born in 1959 in Kanagawa Prefecture. He graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at Tokyo Zokei University, where he majored in painting. In 2001 he was appointed a professor at the same university. In 1979 he formed the unit IKIF together with KIFUNE Sonoko. They began creating animations and continuously released experimental animations and video installations. From the late 1980s he began engaging with CG animation and founded IKIF+ in 1997. Thereafter, he participated in the creation of the 3DCG animations for Metropolis, Innocence, Steam Boy and Sky Crawler, among others. He served as 3D director for the NHK Educational Petit Anime Series Bu-, ba-, ga- (1995-1997), BLOOD THE LAST VAMPIRE (2000), and Tachiguishi-Retsuden (2006). He participated in Doraemon the Movie as creator of the opening animation as well as 3D director and supervisor from 2007 to 2009. He is a board member of the Japan Animation Association and a member of the executive committee of the Inter College Animation Festival (ICAF). He is also a member of the Japan Society for Animation Studies, the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences, and Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (ASIFA).
Born in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1966. He is the representative of Stripe Factory, Inc. and a lecturer at Tama Art University. At SIGGRAPH, the leading academic conference for computer graphics, he has won ten awards since 1993 for both his artwork and commercial work such as TV commercials. He has won numerous awards at festivals outside Japan such as Prix Ars Electronica and IMAGINA. His vigorous activity has international and domestic reach, and he has participated in a large number of group exhibitions at museums, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is also active as a director for commercials. He has created motion graphics for Toshiba, Suntory, and Japan Television among others. At the Aichi Expo he was the director of the first floor of the Seto Japan Pavilion. He has created promotion videos for Ken ISHII and INOUE Yosui and is also drawing attention as a VJ at live concerts. In 2015, a solo exhibition of his 3D works was held under the title PINK SKIN.
Born in 1953 in Tokyo Prefecture, NISHIKUBO joined the Waseda University Broadcasting Society in 1972, and joined Tatsunoko Production Company in 1976. After leaving the company in 1979 he worked under the guidance of DEZAKI Osamu. He then became a freelance director for TV and original video animations, films, commercials, promotional videos, and games. He worked as a director for the films Atagoal: Cat’s Magical Forest, Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai, and Giovanni’s Island; the original video animations Radio City Fantasy and Video Girl Ai; the animated TV series Miyuki, Red Photon Zillion, Legend of the Heavenly Sphere Shurato, and Otogi zoshi; the commercials Where Dreams Come True and NEXT A-Class; and the Yarudora game series. He has also worked as a sequence director in a series of works directed by OSHII Mamoru, such as Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. Giovanni’s Island has won 15 awards in eight countries, including at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival (France), the Fantasia International Film Festival (Canada), the Mainichi Film Awards (Japan), and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (United States).
Born in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1966, UDA graduated from the Animation Department of Tokyo Design Academy. Starting off as an assistant director trainee in the feature animation film Transformers: The Movie in 1986, he became the assistant director and production assistant of the TV animation Transformers: The Headmasters from 1987, and has since directed many Toei Animation films including SAILOR MOON and YOUNG KINDAICHI’S CASE BOOK. Also directed several TV animations and animated feature films including Galaxy Kickoff, GALAXY EXPRESS 999 Eternal Fantasy, ONE PIECE THE MOVIE, Rainbow Fireflies (included in the Jury Selection of the 16th Japan Media Arts Festival) and Onagawa Chuu Basuke Bu: 5-nin no Natsu (The Summer of the Five Members of Onagawa Junior High School Basketball Team).
Born in 1954 in Saitama Prefecture, YOKOTA studied animation in the Creative Image Course of the Department of Cinema at the College of Art, Nihon University. Upon graduation he entered the Psychology Program of the Graduate School of Literature and Social Sciences at Nihon University and received a master’s degree in 1979. Starting with a presentation at the 19th Convention of the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences titled “A Psychological Analysis of Motion in Animation,” he has presented his research results on animation at the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences, the Japan Society for Animation Studies, and the Society for Animation Studies. He has also published articles in academic journals. His animation related activities include guest lecturer at I Castelli Animati, and serving as both a jury member and a lecturer at Puchon International Student Animation Festival. His major publications include Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives [University Press of Mississippi, 2013; co-editor and author], Animation no jiten (The Encyclopedia of Animation) [Asakura Shoten, 2012; co-editor and author], Nikkan animation no shinri bunseki: deai, majiwari, tojikomori (A Psychological Analysis of Japanese and Korean Animation: Encounter, Interaction, and Withdrawal from Society) [Rinsen Shoten, 2009], and Media kara yomitoku rinsho shinrigaku: manga, anime wo aishi, kenko na kokoro wo hagukumu (Clinical Psychology of the Media: How to Love Manga and Anime and Develop a Healthy Mind) [Science-sha, 2016].
Born in 1967. After studying at Paris Diderot University, Paris 7, he completed the doctoral course at the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences at Waseda University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Representation Studies in Art and Culture at Tokyo Metropolitan University. His books include Georges Bataille—Kyogi no vijon (Georges Bataille—Vision of Sacrifice) [Waseda University Press] and BD daiku no geijutsu (Bande Dessinée—Neuvième Art) [Publisher Michitani]. His translations include Sei naru inbo (Holy Intrigue) [joint translation, Chikuma Gakugeibunko], Thierry Groensteen’s Lignes de vie: Le visage dessinée (Lines of Life: The Drawn Face) [Jinbunshoin], Pascal Rabaté’s IBICUS [Kokushokankokai], François Schuiten’s La Douce [ShoPro], Sergio Toppi’s Sharaz-De [ShoPro], François Schuiten’s and Benoît Peeters’ Les Cités Obscures [joint translation, ShoPro], Marc-Antoine Mathieu’s Dieu en personne [Kawade Shobo Shinsha], Sebastian Roffat’s Animation and Propaganda [joint translation, Hosei University Press], and Thierry Groensteen’s and Benoît Peeters’ Töpffer—L’invention de la bande dessinée [joint translation, Hosei University Press].
Born in 1970 in Kanagawa Prefecture. After working as an editor at Amazon Japan she became a freelance writer in 2003. Since then, she has planned and written articles related mainly to manga, such as interviews with manga artists and serial columns in magazines including Da Vinci and Morning. Her books include Manga no no kitaekata (How to Train Manga Brains) [Shueisha, 2010], for which she conducted interviews with artists about their working techniques; We are uchu kyodai—Uchu hikoshi no sokojikara (We Are Space Brothers—The Strength of Astronauts), for which she interviewed astronauts and space development specialists; and We are uchu kyodai—Uchu wo butai ni katsuyaku suru hitotachi (We Are Space Brothers—People Active on the Stage of Space) [Morning Editorial Department, Kodansha, +a Shinsho, 2012]. She also edited a language studies book in France, Le Japonais du Manga, co-authored with Misato RAILLARD [Assimil, 2015], which features Japanese manga terms for French manga fans.
Born in Osaka Prefecture in 1964 and raised in Hiroshima Prefecture. She moved to Tokyo after her high school graduation. At the age of 30, she decided to become a manga artist. With her first manga Kaoru no Hiwa (The Secret Stories of Kaoru) she won the 27th Chiba Tetsuya Manga Award, and made her debut with Morning in 1995. Following this, she released manga in a broad range of styles and media, including Himitsu no Hanazono Kessha Risupekutaa (The Secret Hanazono Association Respecter), Mahotsukai Mimicchi (Wizard Mimicchi), and Aiwa Nami no Inu (Nami Aiwa’s Dog). Her manga Akai Bunka Jutaku no Hatsuko (Hatsuko From the Red Culture House) was adapted for the screen by TANADA Yuki as a live-action film in 2007. Mamagoto was chosen as a Jury Selection in the 15th and 16th Japan Media Arts Festivals, and won an Excellence Award in the 42nd Japan Cartoonists Association Awards.
Born in 1947 in Kyoto Prefecture, MINAMOTO made his debut as a manga artist in 1967. He is known for his distinctive mixture of jokes and serious scenes. In 2004 he received the 8th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Special Award in recognition of his pioneering of new areas in manga and his contributions to manga culture. He was awarded an Excellence Prize at the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2010. His works include the Fuunji-tachi (The Adventurers) series, Homohomo7, Chosensha-tachi (The Challengers), and a World Classics series including Don Quixote and Les Miserables.
Born in 1967 in Ehime Prefecture, SHIRAI majored in painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Kyoto City University of Arts. She has been publishing manga mainly in Doujinshi distributed at conventions such as COMITIA. In 2007, Tenkensai, one of her self-published Doujinshi works, won the 11th Japan Media Arts Festival Manga Division Encouragement Prize, and in the following year, Sanctuary Publishing reprinted it for commercial distribution. In 2009, she began publishing WOMBS on Gekkan Ikki (Monthly Ikki). The same work was included in the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival Manga Division Jury Selection in 2010, and won the 2016 Nihon SF Taisho Award after the series concluded. Her other notable works are Shirai Yumiko Shoki Tanpennshuu (Shirai Yumiko Early Short Stories) , Rafunas [2013-2015], and Iwa to Niki no Shinkon Ryoko (Iwa and Niki’s Honeymoon) . She has her own website Yumi Koubou (http://yumikoubou.com/).