exonemo "LO"
2/23 (Sat.) - 3/24 (Sun.), 2019
Opening Reception : 2/23 (Sat.) 6:00 - 8:00pm

*We are open on Wed to Sat. 12-7pm and Sun. 12-5pm
*Closed on Mon., Tue. and National Holidays
*Opening Reception : 2/23, Saturday, 6-8pm with the artist

Address : Nagashima Bldg. 1F, 2-14-2 Suido, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN, 112-0005
TEL/ FAX : +81-3-6304-1877

*Supported by MAM/Tokyo (Masu Hiroshi Masuyama)

Special Thanks to : Kelsey LaSeur, D. Perry Brandston, Howard M. Brandston

I randomly love you / hate you, 2018, LCD monitors, single board computer (android), dimension variable
Installation view from "Hello World - for the Post-Human Age" (Contemporary Art Gallary, Art Tower Mito, 2018) Photo by Shintaro Yamanaka (Qsyum!)

Tokyo, Japan - WAITINGROOM is pleased to announce exonemo Solo Exhibition, “LO”, through February 23rd to March 24th. "exonemo" is the Japanese artist unit by Kensuke Sembo and Yae Akaiwa formed in 1996 on the Internet, currently based in New York. Originally starting to show their work on the internet, they have been expanding thier activities from installation art, performance, to organizing events, using their own method, and have been leading the Japanese Internet art for more than twenty years. This exhibition is the first solo exhibition of exonemo at our gallery and is the first time in 6 years since they had their last solo exhibiton in Japan. The theme of the exhibition is "incomplete message" and it will showcase several new and past works relating to the same theme; "I randomly love you/ hate you" which was shown at the group exhibition "Hello World - For the Post-Human Age" (Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, 2018) and so on.

About the artist, exonemo
The Japanese artist unit by Kensuke Sembo and Yae Akaiwa formed in 1996 on the internet. Starting in 2000, they started their activities in an actual space, presenting installation work, performenace and event organize. Their experimental projects are typically humorous and innovative explorations of the paradoxes of digital and analog computer networked and actual environments in our lives. In 2006, they won the Golden Nica for Net Vision category at Prix Ars Electronica. In 2012, they formed Internet Secret Society named "IDPW" and have been organizing "Internet Yami-Ichi" in both Japan and abroad since then. They live and work in New York since 2015. Their recent exhibitions include a group exhibition "Reincarnation of Media Art" (2018, YCAM, Yamaguchi, Japan), group exhibition "Hello World: For the Post-Human Age" (2018, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan), solo exhibition "The Life-Cycle of Interfaces" (2018, New Media Artspace gallery, Baruch Collage Library, New York, United States), group exhibition "Spirit and Digit" (2016, Electro Museum, Moscow, Russia), solo exhibition "TO THE APES" (2013, Mitsubishi-Jisho Artium, Fukuoka, Japan) and many more. In an ongoing exhibition "Open Space 2018 - In Transition", they are showing "Natural Process (created in 2004)" in the collection of Google Inc. for the first time in 14 years.

Reference image for the exhibition

In conjunction with:

Open Space 2018 - In Transition
Duration : - 3/10 (Sun.), 2019
Venue : NTT Intercommunication Center [ICC] (Tokyo)
More Info :

Illuminating Graphics 2
Duration : 2/22 (Fri.) - 3/28 (Thu.), 2019
Venue : Creation Gallery G8 (Tokyo)
More Info :

Art Fair Tokyo 2019
Duration : 3/7 (Thu.) - 3/10 (Sun.), 2019
Venue : Tokyo International Forum, Booth G13 (Tokyo)
More Info : Online Project Sunrise/Sunset
Duration : 2/6, 2019 -
Venue : Website of Whitney Museum of Art
More Info :

Left: Natural Process, 2004-2019, painting "A Web Page" (Collection: Google Inc. Painting coorporation: Masayuki Inagaki, Coorporation: Rhizome), instagram page, #awebpage
Right: Live Streams, 2018, LCD Monitors, Web cam, singleborad computer, dimention variable



Formed in 1996 by Kensuke Sembo and Yae Akaiwa.
Currently live and work in New York.


The Life-Cycle of Interfaces - New Media Artspace gallery, Baruch College Library, New York, USA

Milk on the Edge - hpgrp Gallery,New York, USA

TO THE APES - Mitsubishi-Jisho Artium, Fukuoka, Japan

UN-DEAD-LINK -, Basel, Switzerland

WORLD B - Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Yamaguchi, Japan

new FUNKtion - Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan

DISCODER - commandN, Tokyo, Japan

Left : A cat video from Danmatsu Mouse, 2007
Right : Click and Hold, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 1473 x 910 mm


Ars Electronica Festival 2018: ERROR - THE ART OF IMPERFECTION - Gallery Space - Post City, Linz, Austria
Indonesian Netaudio Festival 2018 - Jogja National Museum, Jog Jakarta, Indonesia
Reincarnation of Media Art - YCAM, Yamaguchi, Japan
Rhizome Net Art Anthology - Rhizome - New Museum, New York, USA
Open Space "In Transition" - NTT Intercommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan
New Japan.Observer Effets - State Gallery Solyanka, Moscow, Russia
Gradation - hpgrp gallery, NY, USA
Micro Internet Yami-ichi - NADA Art Fair, NY, USA
Hello World: for the Post-Human Age - Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan

Forever Fornever - Rhode Island College, Bannister Gallery Providence, RI
- Internation festival of digital art, Montreal, Canada
Ars Electronica in Berlin 2017
- DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum, Berlin, Germany
World Wide Water at event "Friday Late”
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
CAPRI BY NIGHT - video screening for the public space
- Schauspiel Köln, Cologne, Germany
NARS Spring Open Studios
- NARS Foundation, NY, USA
Landscapes: New vision through multiple windows
- Japan Creative Centre, Singapore, Singapore *directed by exonemo

Spirit and Digit - Electro Museum, Moscow, Russia
Hybrids: On the borderline between Art and Technology
- Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece
- BabyCastles, New York, USA.
Digital Illusion
- Senne, Brussels, Belgium
- Germany institute Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Internet Bedroom @ Printscreen Festival
- Printscreen Festival, Israel, Holon
"Single channel" video screening
- Anthology Film Archives, New York, USA.
Internet Yami-ichi in London
- Offprint festival, Tate Modern, London, UK.
ICC Open Space
- NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan
"Eco Expanded City"
- WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland

First Look: Real Live Online - New Museum, New York, USA
- Reverse, New York, USA
Refest - Hybrid Performance & New Media Festival
- La MaMa, New York, USA
The Vault – Image, perception, the alchemy of light
- ACT Center, Gwangju, Korea
Elements of Art and Science
- Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria
Post City - Ars Electronica Festival
- Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria
Memory Burn
- bitforms gallery, New York, USA
3331 Art fair
- 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Sayoko Yamaguchi - The Wearist, Clothed in the Future
- Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

The Cave of Light - kumagusuku, Kyoto, Japan
CODE: Language of Our Time
- The Lab. Knowledge Capital, Grand Front Osaka, Osaka, Japan
- Nara Prefectural Art Museum, Nara, Japan
- Demolition Building, Yotsuya, Tokyo
Sapporo International Art Festival
- Chi-Ka-Ho, Sapporo, Japan
Good Morning Mr. Orwell 2014 (Nam June Paik Art Center, Korea)
2014 ART HACK DAY afterglow (transmediale, Berlin, Germany)

Hello World: for the Post-Human Age, installation view, (Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, 2018)

Better Than Universe - Daegu Media Art ZKM 2013, Daegu, Korea
Republic of the Two
- ARKO Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Money After Money
- Eye Of GYRE, Tokyo, Japan

Media City Seoul - Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions
- Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
[Internet Art Future?] - Reality In Post Intener Era
- NTT Intercommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan

Ways of Worldmaking - The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
YCAM LabACT vol.1 "The EyeWriter"
- YCAM, Yamaguchi, Japan
Little Tokyo Design Week 2011
- Little Tokyo City, LA, USA

Vibrations of Entities - NTT Intercommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan
Random Access
- Nam June Paik Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Cyber Arts Japan
- Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Exploration in Possible Spaces
- NTT Intercommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan

Got exists. - NTT Intercommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan
- Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai, China
- freiraum/quartier21, Vienna, Austria
Between Site & Space
- ARTSPACE, Sydney, Australia

YUDA ART PROJECT - Yuda hot spring area, YCAM, Yamaguchi, Japan
Diorama of the City: Between Site & Space
- Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan
LISTE 08 -The Young Art Fair
- Basel, Switzerland
- National Art Museum of China, Beijing,China

Beautiful New World - Long March Space, Inter Art Center, Beijing, China/Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzho, China
Pocket Film Festival
- Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Yokohama, Japan
Beautiful New World
- Long March Space, Beijing, China
Aoba En-nichi 2
- Sendai mediatheque, Sendai, Japan
My Own Private Reality
- Edith Russ Site for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany
- Théâtre de Nîmes, Nimes, France
ICC: Open Space
- NTT Intercommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan
DEAF07 : Interact or Die!
- Las Palmas, Rotterdam, Nederlands
- Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo, Japan
The Power of Expression, JAPAN
- The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan

Left: Heavy Body Paint, 2016, LCD Monitors, 4K Video, acrylic paint, dimention variable
Right: Body Paint, 2014, Acrylic painting on LCD Moniror, Video, dimention variable

Connecting Worlds - NTT Intercommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan
CyberArts 2006
- O.K. Centrum , Linz, Austria
- Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
ICC: Open Space
- NTT Intercommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan
- Panasonic Center Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
- commandN KANDADA, Tokyo, Japan

MobLab - IAMAS, NTT Intercommunication Center, smt, IMI,YCAM etc., Japan
Rock the Future
- FACT, Liverpool, England
Jakarta Video Festival 2005
- Jakarta, Indonesia
Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition
- China Millennium Museum, Beijing, China
- EXPO Plaza, EXPO Vision, Aichi, Japan
Art meets Media: adventures in perception
- NTT Intercommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan

SonarSound Extra - Ebisu Garden Place, Tokyo, Japan
Nam June Paik Award 2004
- PhoenixHalle, Dortmund, Germany
Reactivity: unpredictable past
- NTT Intercommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Style in Stockholm
- Beckmans School of Design, Stockholm, Sweden
- National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
n_ext: New Generation of Media Artists
- NTT Intercommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan
Mediarena: contemporary art from Japan
- Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Roppongi Crossing
- Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
- nou LABORATORY, Tokyo, Japan

In Media Sockets - YCAM, Yamaguchi, Japan

AIT HOUR MUSEUM - Sakuragawa School, Tokyo, Japan
art.bit collection
- NTT Intercommunication Center, Tokyo, Japan
- Asahi Art Festival, Tokyo, Japan
akihabara TV3
- commandN, Tokyo, Japan

Istanbul Biennial - The Imperial Mint, Istanbul, Turkey
- Kobe Port Island, Kobe, Japan
BUZZ CLUB: news from Japan
- P.S.1, NewYork, US
media message: look thru language
- sendai mediatheque, Sendai, Japan

mediaselect 2000 - Garden Pier/Port of Nagoya, Nagoya, Japan
Ars Electronica Festival 2000
- Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria
Spiral Super Sign Project
- SPIRAL, Tokyo, Japan
- International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherland

Left: Internet Black Market, NADA New York 2018, installation view (New York, 2018)
Right: Internet Black Market, installation view (Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, 2015)


2016 The grant program for international exchange by Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation
2015 2015 Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists by Agency for Cultural Affair, Government of Japan
2010 Tokyo Type Directors Club - RGB Category - RGB Prize, Tokyo, Japan
2006 Prix Ars Electronica Net Vision Golden Nika, Lintz, Austria
2000 Prix Ars Electronica .NET Honorary Mension, Lintz, Austria
1997 Java grand prix - Grand Prix, Tokyo, Japan


Lechner, Marie, "A Berlin, les puces du Web se piquent de réalité", Libération, Feb. 2014
Sayej, Nadja, "Hitchhiking Away from Utopia with Rebel Programmers e x o n e m o", The creators project, Feb 2014


Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Google Inc.


<Exhibition Overview>
Title: LO
Artists : exonemo
Duration: 2/23 (Sat.) - 3/24 (Sun.), 2019

Opening Reception: 2/23 (Sat.) 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: Wed.- Sat. 12-7pm, Sun. 12-5pm
Closed: Mon., Tue., and National Holidays
Address: Nagashima Bldg. 1F, 2-14-2 Suido, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo 112-0005
Tel: +81-3-6304-1877

Inquiry: (Director: Tomoko Ashikawa)



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