SAKAMOTO had a personal interest in the Internet since its formative years—the early 1990s—and used the medium to hold online live events and similar as part of proactive efforts to incorporate media technology into his works. Ever since that time, he has been highly active in the creation of everything from contemporary art to media–based art, collaborating with media artist IWAI Toshio in 1996, and creating countless installations and other works from 2000 onward together with Carsten NICOLAI, TAKATANI Shiro, MANABE Daito, MOHRI Yuko and other artists. In 2017, he took part in the “SAKAMOTO Ryuichi with TAKATANI Shiro | Installation Music 2: IS YOUR TIME” traveling exhibition in Taiwan to commemorate the ICC’s twentieth anniversary. SAKAMOTO also showed his work “IS YOUR TIME” at a Beijing solo exhibition, and this year (2023) his large-scale solo exhibition “Ryuichi Sakamoto | SOUND AND TIME” is underway in Chengdu, China.
The current exhibition is a tribute to SAKAMOTO Ryuichi, who made immeasurably wide-reaching achievements in the field of media art. In addition, with MANABE Daito from Rhizomatiks as a Co–curator, we aim to utilize the event as an experimental vehicle for carrying on and expanding into the future the works and influence of SAKAMOTO via pieces based on performance-related data left behind by the artist, art created in collaboration with SAKAMOTO by artists both in Japan and abroad, and records of exhibitions and other activities he was involved with here at the ICC.