Daito Manabe Rhizomatiks Research Exhibition

Daito Manabe Rhizomatiks Research Exhibition

Daito Manabe’s artistic practice pushes computer programming to unexplored limits, consistently presenting innovative new approaches to heretofore conventional technologies. Throughout his prolific corpus of high-profile collaborations, Manabe has become an international name in diverse realms spanning design, art, and entertainment. The present exhibition represents Manabe’s first retrospective hosted by a domestic art museum, exploring his impressive oeuvre through an extensive display of extant performance pieces and behind-the-scenes documentation, as well as offering an unprecedented window into his most recent work. The Kirishima Open-Air Museum’s unique environment promises an unparalleled engagement with Manabe’s defining faculties of creativity and preternatural foresight. We hope to see you there.


  • Opening Ceremony: November 16th (Fri.) 14:00
  • Artist Talk Event: November 16th (Fri.) 14:30
  • Artist Talk Event: December 15th (Sat.) 13:30
  • Gallery Tour: Every day starting at 14:00

Limited Perks:

  • Exhibition Guide to be distributed on four dates: Sunday November 25th, December 9th, December 23rd, and January 6th.

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Kirishima Open-Air Museum Art Hall
Holding period
2018/11/16 〜 2019/01/14
Museum closed on Mondays. (If Monday is a National Holiday, the museum will be open, and instead closed on Tuesday. Please note that the museum will also be closed from 12/31 through 1/2 for the New Year’s holiday.)
Viewing time
9:00-17:00 (Last Entry: 16:30)
Admission fee
General public ¥800 (¥600). University/high school students: ¥600 (¥400). Middle/elementary school students: ¥400 (¥300).<br /> *Figures in parenthesis are admission for pre-sale groups of 20 or more visitors.



Tokyo-based artist, interaction designer, programmer, and DJ.
Launched Rhizomatiks in 2006. Since 2015, has served alongside Motoi Ishibashi as co-director of Rhizomatiks Research, the firm’s division dedicated to exploring new possibilities in the realms of technical and artistic expression with a focus on R&D-intensive projects. Specially-appointed professor at Keio University SFC.
Manabe’s work in design, art, and entertainment takes a new approach to everyday materials and phenomenon. However, his end goal is not simply rich, high-definition realism by recognizing and recombining these familiar elemental building blocks. Rather, his practice is informed by careful observation to discover and elucidate the essential potentialities inherent to the human body, data, programming, computers, and other phenomena, thus probing the interrelationships and boundaries delineating the analog and digital, real and virtual.
A prolific collaborator, he has worked closely with a diverse roster of artists, including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Björk,OK GO, Nosaj Thing, Squarepusher, Andrea Battistoni, Mansai Nomura, Perfume and  sakanaction. Further engagements include groundbreaking partnerships with the Jodrell Bank Center for Astrophysics in Manchester, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the world’s largest particle physics laboratory.
He is the recipient of numerous awards for his multidisciplinary contributions to advertising, design, and art. Notable recognitions include the Ars Electronica Distinction Award, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Titanium Grand Prix, D&AD Black Pencil, and the Japan Media Arts Festival Grand Prize.
(photo by Shizuo Takahashi)

Rhizomatiks Research
Rhizomatiks Research is our division dedicated to exploring new possibilities in the realms of technical and artistic expression. Focusing on media art, data art, and other RD-intensive projects, our team strives to deliver cutting edge solutions that have not yet been seen on a global stage. Rhizomatiks Research is accountable for all steps of a project, from hardware/software development up through operation. Additionally, we study the relationship between people and technology, and collaborate on projects with a myriad of creators.

Hosted under the auspices of: Kagoshima Prefectural Cultural Foundation/Minami-Nippon Shimbun Co. Ltd. /Minaminihon Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
In cooperation with: Yusui Town/Kirishima-sanroku Yusui Town Tourism Association/Daiichi Kotsu Sangyo Co.,Ltd.
Technical support: Canon Marketing Japan Inc./Asukanet Co., Ltd.
Planning support: Rhizomatiks Co., Ltd.
Coordinator: Tomoko Yotsumoto (Sankai Production LLC,.)