Jiro Ishihara

InterMetro, 2003, Interactive video installation, 340 min.

By its very essence the Internet has a spatial spread. However, what we feel as we surf from site to site has nothing to do with the classical notion of space: time as well as what we call physical distance is no longer something infinite.  Naturally this has nothing to do with the existence of real time, determined by movement or distance. The time in question no longer exists except as a function of a target point defined by its content.

The goal here is not the site we access with a clicking movement, but the movement itself, the act. Working like this we can travel the world by subway through surfing the Internet. However, the aim here is not a comparison between the structure of the Internet,which is only a starting point for the task in hand, and a subway network; it is, rather, to establish the state and evolution of a fresh piece of data on which one is working in the Internet world. If a picture of a subway station really appears on the screen we will become witnesses to the totally novel uninterrupted spectacle of everyday life in different cities around the world.

As a viewer discovers this spectacle of cities with cultures and histories that are so utterly different, the viewer will have the impression of being everywhere and nowhere at the same time. This experience shows the incredible richness and ephemerality of data on the internet, and the differences there can be between things considered a priori as similar. This is the necessary precondition for recognizing that in the world of the internet there are no hierarchies, and that each piece of data is  of equal value. And so we follow the links, one after another, in our pursuit of a line as imaginary as that of the horizon.

Jiro Ishihara

Jiro Ishihara

Video maker, photographer and artist

Born 1971 in Kamakura, Japan

Lives and works in Saitama, Japan


Main Education

2001-2003 Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains (Tourcoing, France)

1999 -2000 IAMAS, International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences (Gifu, Japan)

1991-1997 Musashino Art University (Tokyo, Japan)



2008 Cite internationale des Arts (Paris, France)

2003 Civitella Ranieri Center (Umbertide, Italy)

2000 -2001 Cite internationale des Arts (Paris, France)


Main Exhibitons

2015 “Nakanojo Biennale 2015 ” (Yumotoke-house, Gunma Japan)

2014 “LA QUATRIEME IMAGE” (Espace des Blancs-Manteaux, Paris France)

2013 “Henka” (Yodobashi Photo gallery, Tokyo Japan)

2012 “ROOM”(Peter’s gallery, Tokyo Japan)

2009 “Perception and Urban Environments” (Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo Japan)

2008 “Dans la nuit, des images” (Grand Palais, Paris France)

2007 “TERRITOIRES DE L’IMAGE” (Galerie L’H du Siège, Valenciennes France)

2007 “INSIGHT VISION II” (Tama Art University, Tokyo Japan)

2006 “9th Taro Okamoto Art Awards” (Taro Okamoto Art Museum, Kanagawa Japan)

2004 “La ville qui fait signes” (Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing France)

2004 “Jiro Ishihara exhibition” (Civitella Ranieri Center, Umbertide Italy)

2003 “Panorama 4:Paysages persistants” (Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing France)

2002 “Panorama 3:Salon du prototype” (Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing France)

2001 “Paris / Tokyo” (Cité internationale des Arts, Paris France)