Masayuki Kawai Biography

Masayuki Kawai (b.1972) creates video works in a unique style that takes radical visions of philosophy and politics from the standpoint of the consideration and the criticism of informational society about the essence of media. He explores his broad styles and activities unconstrained by existing genres such as films, contemporary arts, and media arts.

His works have been shown in over 30 countries and has received numerous awards in media art festivals and exhibitions around the world. A collection of his works can be seen at the Queens Museum of Art in New York and at the National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan.To establish a critical roll for video art in the society of spectacle, he founded an organization for video art, Videoart Center Tokyo in 2001 and was director till 2004. He also worked as an art director in Phaidros cafe, an innovative video art cafe in Shibuya, Tokyo from 2001 to 2004. He has been involved in many projects containing video art such as curating programs, festivals, and published magazines world-wide. He also writes critical discourses as an author in various books and magazines.

Kawai resided in NY from 2005 to 2007 as a grantee of Japanese government cultural department program and POLA art foundation program. Kawai has completed residencies in Jerusalem at the Jerusalem Center for the Visual Arts and in Paris, France at Le Cube and Cite International des Arts. He worked as a member of the jury for 58th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival in 2012. In 2011 and 2012, Kawai served himself as one the founder and program director of “Hors Pistes Tokyo”, a cutting-edge annual moving image art festival co-organized by Pompidou Centre.

Masayuki Kawai now lives and works in Tokyo.