KAWAI Masayuki

KAWAI Masayuki


Born in 1972. He holds B.A.in aesthetics from University of Tokyo and is currently in the graduate course at University of Tokyo, majoring in representation and culture.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 its director till 2004.In addtion he has also worked as director of REF lab since 2008 and as program director of Hors Pistes Tokyo since 2009. In 2012 he acted as a jury in 58th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany

Solo Exhibitions and Projects

2012 "Feedback : Reflexion" Chi-Wen Gallery,Taipei, Taiwan
2011 "Masayuki Kawai's Video Feedback Live" UPLINK Factory, Tokyo
2010 "Who are these wanderers, even more transient than we ourselves?" BANQUE, Tokyo
2008 "Theology of Spectacle" Chi-Wen Gallery & SPOT-Taipei Film House, Taipei, Taiwan
2006 "Melancholic Utopia" Yokohama Portside Gallery, Yokohama,
2005 "Issue Project Room" New York, USA
2004 "Manyo/Tokyo" TWS Shibuya, Tokyo
          "De Visione Absentis (On the Vision of the Absent)" TWSHongo, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions and Projects

2012 "Hors Pistes 2012", Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
           "Atsuko Tanaka - Art of Connecting", Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
2011 "Tokyo Experimental Festival" TWS Shibuya, Tokyo
2010 "Live Explosion", BankART, Yokohama
2009 "Espace Lounge" Le Cube, Paris, France
          "Masayuki Kawai/Baba Hilman" Cite International des arts, Paris, France
2008 "On Site Lab Workshop - Series 2",TWS Aoyama, Tokyo
2007 "Japanese Eye" Ovegaden-The Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Sweden
2006 "Move on Asia-Crash and Network" TWS Shibuya, Tokyo (Other: toured at Shanghai Duolun Museum of ModernArt, Shanghai and Arario Beijing, Beijing, China, and Loop Gallery, Seoul, Korea)
2005 "The Gift: Building a Collection for the Queens Museum", Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA
2004 "Artist night vol.3" TWS Hongo, Tokyo
2003 "Artist night vol.2" TWS Hongo, Tokyo
2002 "Artist Night" TWS Hongo, Tokyo
2001 "Buzz Club -News from Japan-" PS1, New York, USA


2008-09 TWS Exchange residency program at Le Cube and Cite International des arts in Paris, France, with a grant of Tokyo Wonder Site, City Government of Paris and Culturesfrance
2006-07 Fellowship from POLA Art Foundation Overseas Study Program for Artists (New York, USA)
2005 Fellowship from Agency for Cultural Affairs for Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists Artist-in-residency at ISCP, USA
2004 Fellowship from Jerusalem Foundation and artist-in-residency at Jerusalem Center for Visual Arts, Israel


Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA
Oberhausen International Shortfilm Festival, Germany
Tokyo Polytechnic University, Kyoto
The National Museum of Art, Osaka

About works / performance





"Man'yo/Tokyo" (2004, TWSHongo)