Felipe Pantone’s manipulable works reflect on digital revolution at gallery common in Tokyo


‘Manipulable’ is a word that has its roots in the Latin manus (hand) and refers to ‘something that can be moved or operated using the hands; something that can be managed, controlled, or molded’. Similarly, the exhibition features a series of interactive artworks that visitors can interact with, and modify. In his works, Pantone, who has a background as a graffiti artist and fine arts graduate, combines his experience on the street with his academic knowledge to create a vibrant, distinctive language. The works in the exhibition question the way we consume visual information, especially in our digital age.

‘Nowadays, everything is manipulable– we don’t listen to the radio, we curate our own playlists; we don’t watch TV, we choose which shows to stream. The Internet has made information itself configurable.’ the artist shares. ‘Light, motion, and color define everything I do, and adding the element of touch brings everyone closer to the work. For the first time, all of my works for an exhibition have been made to be configured by the viewer. I believe it’s very contemporary that an audience can interact with what they’re consuming, and I wanted to create artworks that can respond to today’s world of self-curation.’

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