Daito Manabe (Japan), DJ and Sound Designer, started his sound design career by doing club DJ, track making/scratching for Jazz bands, sound design for advertisements and for exhibitions. He studied Mathematics and computer programming such as Topology, Java language and Fractal theory, etc. Both his educational and creative background has greatly contributed to his music career. After graduating from IAMAS (International Academy of Media and Sciences) in 2004, he worked as a systems engineer /programmer for movie/sound control systems. From then, Daito started working internationally as turntablist and sound artist using surround/oscillation/super low frequency technology and pursuing sensual peculiarity, commonality and interaction.
David Canisius (Germany), Musician and DJ, is known to the cultural scene as a classical violinist and member of the Chamber Orchestra in Berlin/Germany. He has been working with Yellow Lounge since 2003 as its Artistic Director and Resident-DJ, where classical music meets the club scene. With the series of Yellow Lounge parties, David has collaborated within a wide range of clubs situated in Berlin, combining musical appearances with live acts of artists. He has produced four Yellow Lounge Classic compilations released by Universal Records and 5 DJ – Sets for I-tunes linked to the Popkomm in 2005.
David performs regularly as a solo violinist, bandleader and Artistic Director of the legendary Capital Dance Orchestra. His engagement as a musician within the scene of mixed media and diverse collaborations with artists coming from different backgrounds give his work a profile of manifold appearance.
Fuyuki Yamakawa (Japan), Performance Artist, is a creator of sound/visual installations and improvised musical happenings. He picks up and amplifies the sound of his heartbeat with an electronic stethoscope. At the same time this triggers the lighting of a series of light bulbs that oscillate simultaneously with the heartbeats, themselves cadenced to the rhythm of his ‘Khoomei’, a form of popular Tuvan (central asian) overtone singing in which Yamakawa excels, characterised by diplophonia, which is the contemporary emission of two sounds requiring total control of one`s breathing. Through his vocalisation, he controls his heartbeat`s speed and velocity.
In 2001, he won the Grand Prix and Audience Award at the 1st Khoomei Festival in Japan (September) and started his professional career as a voice performer. In 2003, he was invited to the 4th International Khoomei Festival, which was held in the Republic of Tuva. He won the Avant-garde Award in the contest and became known as an Avant-garde Khoomei singer. In the same year, he participated in the 2nd Khoomei festival in Japan and succeeded in defending his championship title.
Kanta Horio (Japan), Sound Artist, studied acoustics and sound art at Kyushu Institute of Design in Fukuoka. He presents audio-visual performances using programming software and assorted self-built gadgets, electronic devices, kinetic objects and musical interfaces. Recent performances have utilized electromagnets, motors, contact microphones and a video camera to generate audio-visuals. His machines are based on physical phenomenon and some actual sounds. Since 2001, he has performed widely in both galleries and clubs throughout Japan, and overseas in Barcelona, Mexico, Montreal and Toronto. Alongside his performance activities, he organizes events with Kazuhiro JO, exonemo, such as “dorkbot Tokyo-people, doing strange things with electricity.”
Matanicola (Israel/Italy/Germany), Choreographers/Performers, is a creative duo project founded by Israeli and Italian choreographers/performers, Matan Zamir and Nicola Mascia. The duo’s first production Under created in collaboration with Israeli choreographer Yasmeen Godder, premiered in Berlin in August 2005 and has since been touring extensively throughout Europe. This choreographic piece won the Kurt Jooss Award 2007. Apart from choreography and performance, Matanicola regularly conduct classes and workshops in contemporary dance.
In 2007, Matanicola successfully presented Ladies First, which was co-produced by Tanz-Im-August
Motoi Ishibashi (Japan), Sound Engineer/Programmer. Born 1975. Studied control system engineering at the Tokyo Instituteof Technology followed by mechanical engineering and image processing engineering at the International Academy of Media Arts and Science in Gifu,Japan, thus initiating the foray into digital media production. Currently pursuing new artistic methods in embracing the visual environment as well as devising engineering solutions for art production and public interactive spaces. Began the design team DGN in 2006 in the development of creating designs and devices for interactive systems.
Naoto Iina (Japan), Director/New Media Artist, is the founding director of Dance and Media Japan, which promotes and explores collaboration on digital media and performing arts. Apart from organising various kids of workshops and performances, Iina is actively engaged in presenting Japanese media performance abroad. He has co-produced with media performance units like Post Theatre (Germany), Et in Terra Pax (where?), Grinder-Man, Nest and Sal Vanilla. Iina taught film editing, design and network at Sophia University as CALL learning material development director. His background is in film history,theory and semiotics.
Takayuki Fujimoto (Japan): Director & Lighting Designer
He has been a member of Dumb Type since 1987 and works internationallu both as director and lighting designer. For Dumb Type, he designed the lights for projects like “S/N”, “OR”, “memorandum” and “Voyage”. He has also worked with artists like Ryoki Ikeda, Daniel Yeung and Ea Sola.
Recently, Fujimoto started focusing on the use of LED (Light Emitting Diodes) light projectors for theatre works. He collaborated with Kosei Sakamoto/Monochrome Circus in Refined Colors; a dance performance that focused on the simple and direct play of body, sound and LED lights. In 2007, he directed “True”, a new sound, light dance performance.
Walkscreen (Germany), Photographers, founded by artists‘ Ruthe Zuntz and Michael Reitz in 2000. Walkscreen focuses on multimedia projects using the medium of photography and interactive installations, creating a direct and emotional link between cities, peoples and lives. It is a platform for multimedia artists engaged in socially critical affairs and brings together artists and combined different arts to create synergies in a number of projects in the past years. Walkscreen works at the intersection between art, industry, politics and science, draws attention to selected aspects of the natural and created environment and encourages people to experience and understand these aspects by way of taking part in large scale multimedia installations. Ruthe Zuntz and Michael Reitz are fellows of the German Young Academy of the Arts (AdK) and initiators of an art-peace project called Challenging Walls.