Masaki Fujihata – Keynote Speaker
Sunday 2nd November – Future Visions
Masaki Fujihata started his career as a digital artist for Computer Graphics and Animation in the early 80s, and he produced Computer Generated Sculpture throughout the 80s. By the early 90s he began to work with interactive systems, and one of his successful early digital art works Beyond Pages (1995-1997) is considered a classic in this genre.
1996, Fujihata’s Global Interior Project #2, a network multi-user virtual environment, was awarded the prestigious Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica competition, Linz, Austria.
From the early 90s Fujihata also explored GPS technology (Global Positioning System -for measuring position by satellite) for applying this military technology into a medium of perceiving ourselves as an artistic apparatus.Field-Works, a series of project which began in 1992, is still in development, and has been included in the exhibition Future Cinema at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (which travelled to KIASMA Finland, ICC Tokyo, the Microwave Festival, Hong Kong, between 2002 – 2004). The GPS project “Mersea Circles” was realised in Essex, England under frame work of “Coast Digital” in 2003 and part of Future Physical, and it was presented at Firstsite Gallery, Colchester,UK, in 2003.
An internationally recognised media artist, Masaki Fujihata is Professor at the Graduate School of Film and New Media, at Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan.