An experimental communication project ‘One-line.com’ started in October, 1997 for the purpose of searching for new communication and collaboration on the web. The off-line exhibition of this project, ‘John Maeda: One-line.com Exhibition’, will be held at Ginza Graphic Gallery. We interviewed John Maeda, a graphic artist has been promoting this project, about One-line.com, his current projects, etc.
Please introduce yourself.
I am Sony Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences/Assistant Professor of Design and Computation at the MIT Media Laboratory.
Please tell us about your current activities.
I am engaged in the research of the digital medium – examining its unique properties through experimentation and study.
You’re always releasing novel, interesting and interactive works such as the JAVA works for Shiseido. Where are you getting inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from my family (3 daughters Mika, Rie and Saaya). I have no personal principles per se.
How are you usually doing the actual programming and creation?
I create everything by myself.
‘Tap, Type, Write’ won a gold prize at Media Award of ID MAGAZINE. Please tell us about the collection of CD-ROM works titled ‘Reactive Book’ Series including ‘Tap, Type, Write’ released from Digitalogue. Also, what kind of work is ‘Mirror, Mirror’ and will it be released as the concluding volume of the series?
Mirror, Mirror is ‘Under construction’.
Please tell us about the experimental communication project on web ‘One-line.com’.
It was initiated 3 years ago as a way to conceptualize the unique aspects of networked space from the viewpoint of collaboration and communication.
The exhibition of John Maeda: ‘One-line.com’ will be held at the Ginza Graphic Gallery in Tokyo starting this July, what will it be like?
There will be 10 iMacs and a print piece about 100 meters long.
Last question. Do you have any plans for the near future?
I released a book ‘Design by Numbers‘ from MIT Press this year as an introduction to the field. I am currently working on a new book that explains the philosophy of construction in the medium.
Text: Mayumi Kaneko