Masaki Fujihata, who in 1999 returned as a professor to the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music from which he graduated, is known as a representative of interactive media arts in Japan. He started his career as a digital artist for computer graphics and animations in the early 80’s. In the late 80’s, he produced computer generated sculptures and, in the early 90’s, he entered the field of interactive arts.
His networked art piece “Global Interior Project” received a Golden Nika at Ars Electronica in 1996. His interactive book, “Beyond Pages,” travelled around the U.S. and Europe and was finally installed in the permanent collection of ZKM in 1997. In 1998 his shared virtual environment art piece “Nuzzle Afar” was exhibited in Germany, Holland, Austria, Hungary, and Japan. In 1999 this piece was installed in Budapest, Linz, and Karlsruhe. “Impressing Velocity,” another new piece using a toy-train and simulation platform, was shown at ZKM in 1999/2000.
The most recent interactive art piece is titled “Small Fish”, which started from a collaborative production with music composer Kiyoshi Furukawa and programmer Wolfgang Muench, now available as CD-ROM, installation work, performance, and DVD-ROM. A series of the art projects “Field-Work”: Cyber space filled with GPS data and video images, started from 2000 for the Tsumari Art Triennale, Shimane Art Museum, Matsue, and Yokohama Triennale in Japan. He worked for National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation as a member of the advisory committee.