I was born in Tokyo and grew up in Yokohama. I'm specialised in Media Studies and Museum Studies. I'm a fanatic art lover.
As a co-founder, I established SETENV in 2000, and have been engaged in organizing several live performances and exhibitions on Media Art. From 2005, I turned to focus on my own research projects. My current research subject is 'Media Studies on Museums.' Museums have often been considered as a place for art appreciation or learning; however, I am interested in how we can conceptualise museums as a form of media. This enables us to explore interrelationships between various modes of communications, such as beholding, learning, consuming (tourism) and disciplining. I'm planning to extend the current research towards two main directions below.
By introducing a social science-based approach to museums developed in Britain and America (e. g. Media Studies and Cultural Studies), I would like to build up Museum Studies in Japan for critically understanding museums. This is different from Museology which is for managing museums.
Analysis of public spaces structured by various forms of media. It has been said that electric media such as TV or PC bring ideas and objects far away directly into our rooms. However, as mobile media, such as mobile phones and iPods, became multi-functional and downsized, real spaces which we pass by in daily life are being experienced as the structure or bundle of media. Museums in fact are one of the typical spaces which are multi-layered by text, visual, acoustic, tactile and interactive media. I would especially like to take up the issue of the omnipresence of screens in contemporary society.