Yuma Yanagisawa is a Japanese digital artist based in Toronto who explores the dynamic world of creative computation. He creates immersive interactive installations and experimental films with real-time computer graphics. His work investigates the possibilities of code-based illustrations, photorealistic visuals, and their connection in visual art. The subjects of his work are relevant to issues in modern society, such as environmental concerns. Yanagisawa also creates interactive spatial experiences, where various disciplines from music to architecture are amalgamated. As such, he often collaborates with people who have expertise in different and related areas. His collaborative work “Interfering Floating Bodies” was exhibited at KENPOKU Art in 2016 and also awarded several prizes including Creative Hack Award issued by Wired Japan.
Along with his artistic practice, Yanagisawa works as a freelance creative coder. He has worked on a wide range of projects such as interactive installations and apps in virtual and augmented reality. He created a multiplayer airplane game projection for Cartier, when they held a party in Tokyo in 2018 to celebrate the Cartier Santos watch collection. His commissions help him develop his technical and aesthetic skills and expand his awareness of contemporary issues.