• Formed 1996 in Tokyo, Japan
  • Based in New York, USA
  • Photo: Niko

Formed online in 1996 by Sembo Kensuke and Akaiwa Yae, artist duo exonemo has created and presented works that deal with the internet itself, from its advent to the present day. Exhibiting a unique hacking sensibility, they have expanded their activities to include exhibiting works and staging performances in the real world, from 2000 onward. As seen in their rendering of “the internet landscape” Natural Process, a pixelated recreation of the Google search engine home page (www.google.com) meticulously painted with acrylic, exonemo takes an exceptionally keen and humorous approach to connecting the virtual space with the physical. Other activities include IDPW (commonly known as “I pass”), a community of some ten artists formed in 2012. IDPW organizes Internet Yami-Ichi, a flea market inserted into the real world that represents commercial transactions on the internet. To date, the market has spread to over 20 cities across the world.

Selected Works & Awards

ARTPORT: SUNRISE/SUNSET, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Hello World: for the Post-Human Age, The Contemporary Art Galley, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2012, How Physical, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Ways of Worldmaking, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Prix Ars Electronica 2006, Linz, Austria, Net Vision, Golden Nica
  • Kiss, or Dual Monitors, 2017, Hello World: for the Post-Human Age, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
  • Photo: Niko