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Friday, June 30, 2006
Digital art with a punk attitude
Kensuke Sembo and Yae Akaiwa are two Tokyo-based artists who engage a variety of technology. Working under the name Exonemo, the duo's current installation, "World B/Turn over your awareness to play the B-side," marks the 10th anniversary of the two-man collective and runs for a further two weeks through July 9 at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM).
YCAM, situated near Yuda Onsen on the outskirts of Yamaguchi City in Yamaguchi Prefecture, is one of only a handful of organizations in Japan that showcases artists who work specifically with technology and the moving image, challenging the way we view the possibilities of technology in today's society.
Sembo and Akaiwa started collaborating with each other a decade ago, carrying out art projects on the Internet before expanding into experiments with everyday objects, software and installation art.
In 2004, Exonemo produced a fusion of the digital and analog worlds by creating a work titled "Natural Process." This included a painting that recreated the Web site of the online search engine Google transmitted by a Web camera.
Exonemo's interactive Web-based installation "Shi ka ku no mu ko u," exhibited last year at the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology in Liverpool, invited visitors to create their own digital drawings projected in the gallery and was described by the foundation as bringing "a punk attitude to digital art."
It is an attitude extended to Exonemo's current installation at YCAM, composed of three works, including one seen here for the first time, where the artists again invite visitors to explore the connections between "drawing" and "seeing" and the effect the two have together on bodily sensations.
"World B/Turn over your awareness to play the B-side" can be seen at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Studio B, Foyer and Courtyard, 7-7 Nakazono-cho, Yamaguchi City.
To get there, from Shin-Yamaguchi Station take the Yamaguchi Line to either Yuda Onsen Station or Yamaguchi Station. YCAM is a 20-minute walk or 5-minute taxi ride from either station.
For more information in English or Japanese, visit www.ycam.jp