Masayuki Kawai creates video works informed by radical visions of philosophy and politics, particularly from the standpoint of observation and criticism of informational societies. His work has garnered awards in a number of media art festivals and exhibitions, being shown in over 30 countries worldwide. His work can be found in the Queens Museum of Art (New York) and in the National Museum of Art (Osaka).
He is also a noted writer and curator, focusing on critical considerations of media, art and philosophy. He established the non-profit organization Videoart Center Tokyo in 2001 and served as the organizational head until 2004. At the invitation of the Jerusalem Foundation, he was artist-in-residence in at the Jerusalem Center for Performing Arts in Tel Aviv in 2004. In 2005, the Japanese government provided funding for a 2005 residence in New York City, and Kawai subsequently stayed there from 2006 to 2007 as a grantee of the Pola Art Foundation. Subsequent to his second New York residency, he was invited to Paris from 2008 to 2009 as part of Tokyo Wonder Site’s residency exchange program.
His most current work, created through feedback and the amplification of signals and noise from video editing machines, was recently shown alongside an Atsuko Tanaka retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Using a similar method when performing live, he and collaborator Ryota Hamasaki (visual artist) improvise with analogue video feedback, using some heavyweight editing gear to achieve their hallucinatory results. Weighing up to 100 kilograms, these equipment and effectors are used to transform flickering video signals into abstract rhythm and textures that are as intense as they are sublime.