Masayuki Kawai (b. 1972) currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.
Kawai creates video works in a unique style that offers radical visions of philosophy and politics derived from his consideration and criticism of informational society and the essence of media. His exploratory techniques and activities are unconstrained by genres such as film, contemporary art, and media art.
Kawai has participated in many important exhibitions, festivals and biennials, including Oberhausen Short Film Festival and Young Video Artists Initiative at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. His works are collected by Queens Museum of Art in New York (USA), National Museum of Art in Osaka (Japan), Hwajeong Museum (Seoul) and art collector Robert Rosenkranz (USA).
Kawai was invited artist in residence at the Jerusalem Center for Visual Arts, ISCP (USA), and at Le Cube and Cité internationale des arts in Paris, with support from the Jerusalem Foundation, Agency for Cultural Affairs for Japanese Government, POLA Art Foundation, Tokyo Wonder Site, City Government of Paris and Culturesfrance.
To establish a critical role for video art in the society of spectacle, Kawai as video artist, curator and writer has directed a number of challenging exhibitions and festivals, and published theoretical monographs delineating the field of ‘visual philosophy.’ He holds a B.A. in aesthetics and an M.A. in representation and culture from The University of Tokyo.