The Kiss

  • Installation view at Aichi Triennale 2019

    The Kiss, 2019

    Photo: Ito Tetsuo

Two giant hands, made with an extra large-format 3D printer, each hold a 55-inch LCD monitor. Fitted with covers, these monitors look at once also like smartphones, while the persons appearing on the displays with their eyes closed seem to be kissing. However both of them probably just happened to have their eyes shut when the videos were shot, and if the monitors weren't juxtaposed in such special kind of arrangement, they would surely come across as mere display devices that frame the images they show. It happens that, depending on the situation, we instantaneously liken certain things to others. It is always a question of what comparisons our imagination conceives of. Standing in front of this work, we may become aware of our very disposition to look at one thing and liken it to another.


  • 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 ( 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

2019 ARTPORT: SUNRISE/SUNSET, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
2018 Hello World: for the Post-Human Age, The Contemporary Art Galley, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
2012 Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2012, How Physical, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Ways of Worldmaking, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
2006 Prix Ars Electronica 2006, Linz, Austria, Net Vision, Golden Nica


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