Photo credit: Bitman: © Yoshimoto Kogyo Co.,Ltd. / Maywa Denki / Ryota Kuwakubo
VideoBulb: © Yoshimoto Kogyo Co.,Ltd. / Maywa Denki / Ryota Kuwakubo
R/V: co-production : YCAM (Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media)
(Bitman, Vomoder, VideoBulb, PLX, R/V, Nicodama)
Creating each work as a complete device rather than an interactive installation, Ryota Kuwakubo not only intends to offer pure experience, but also to relate it to the visitor’s cultural context. It means that the works can take some aspect even if none of its functions are running. This time, he shows several selected works including the early work “Bitman” and the most recent work “Nicodama”, displaying all the works in a static representation to evoke the visitor’s imagination.
BITMAN 1998/2001: Wearable LED display (in collaboration with Maywa Denki.)
VOMODER 2000/2002: Voice reactive animation device.
VIDEOBULB 2000/2004: Tiny capsule generating a video signal. Plug into your TV set.
PLX 2001: Game machine for two persons. Each player duels in a different context.
R/V 2005: Radio controlled vehicle equipped with a video camera and monitor.
NICODAMA 2009: A pair of mechanical eyeballs. Put in on something to empathize it.
Ryota Kuwakubo is a media artist based in Tokyo. Since 1998, after studying contemporary art and media art, he produced art works mainly by means of electronics, focusing on topics that appearing on borders such as analog / digital, human beings / machines or senders / recipients. He was honorably mentioned in the interactive art category at Ars Electronica 2002 & 2003, as well as the grand prize of the art division at the Japan Media Arts Festival 2003.