Masaki Fujihata is a trailblazing media artist, renowned in Japan as well as abroad.
In the mid-90s, Fujihata produced canonical pieces of what would later be called interactive art. His work addresses everything from how we interact with interfaces to the ways we might communicate in virtual space. In particular, his experiments with GPS technology, beginning in 1992, take a rather uncommon technical tack in gathering data, making for a meticulously composed and unparalleled series of cyberspace creations that can only be called “the cinema of the future,” or “the shape of media to come.”
Anarchive˚6 is a book containing almost of all of Masaki Fujihata’s artworks from 1972 to 2016, which can be seen as video documentaries and interact with a reconstructed installation as a 3D model by using AR (augmented reality) technology with iOS devices. Anarchive is a series of interactive multimedia projects designed to explore an artist’s overall oeuvre via diverse archival material. The series started from Antoni Muntada in 1999, Michael Snow in 2002, Thierry Kuntzel in 2006, Jean Otth in 2007 and Fujiko Nakaya in 2012. The sixth is Masaki Fujihata in 2016 and the seventh, Peter Campus, will be in 2017.
The project is a historical and critical research whose main purpose is to constitute the memory and increase public awareness of some of the most important developments in contemporary art, such as performances, works in public places, video works, installations, experiments with technologies. Beyond a mode of preservation, beyond producing important databases about a whole oeuvre, the project aims to stimulate various artists to develop new works through the use of digital techniques.
Artist: Masaki Fujihata (JP)
Producer: Anne-Marie Duguet (FR)