Daito Manabe

Daito Manabe is the founder of Rhizomatiks and an artist, programmer, designer, DJ, VJ and composer based in Tokyo, Japan.

Manabe formed Rhizomatiks, the eclectic collective of creative people - architects, visual artists, media artists, designers, musicians, engineers and programmers - in 2006 with the purpose of working on large-scale commercial projects. He developed the "Face Visualizer" and "Face Instrument" in 2008, which subsequently showed in more than thirty cities around the world, and particles with Motoi Ishibashi in 2011 which won the Award of Distinction in the Ars Electronica Prix Interactive division.

Manabe’s DJ career has developed in parallel over 20 years and he has performed as an opening act in Japan with international artists including Flying Lotus and Squarepusher. He carries out collaborative projects with artists in various genres, making the most of programming and interactive design, resulting in music videos for Nosaj Thing, FaltyDL, Timo Maas, Yasuyuki Okamura and Etsuko Yakushimaru, the Ryuichi Sakamoto installation Sensing Streams and in collaboration with the dance company ELEVENNPLAY. Since 2015 Manabe has worked with Motoi Ishibashi on Rhizomatiks Research, an R&D offshoot.