Daisuke Ishida (1980, Tokyo) is an artist, based in Berlin since 2004, working with sound and contemporary media, studied Political Science and Economics, and Sound Studies in Japan and Germany respectively. He is interested in the consequence of artistic praxis and theory in sound, space and perception. His works explore the boundaries of ephemeral and time based media to open up new perspectives on spatialities, while his understanding of space extends from the physical, to the social and political realm. He strives to induce a multitude of complex individual experiences of space, that cause the spectator to reassess his/her/their understanding, position and relation to their physical and conceptual environment.

Since 2020, he is a professor of Sound Art / Klangkunst at the master’s program Sound Studies and Sonic Arts in the Berlin University of the Arts. He was a recipient of the Work stipends New Music and Sound Art by the Berlin Senate in 2017. In 2002 he co-founded The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA which has received Honorary Mention of the Prix Ars Electronica 2004 and 2019, Stiftung Niedersachsen work stipends 2009 at Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst and Grant from the Saxon State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts at Cynetart Awards 2018.

Daisuke Ishida has presented his artistic activities in museums, festivals and galleries internationally such as Akademie der Künste (DE), Ars Electronica (AT), Arsenals of the Latvian National Museum of Art (LT), deaf – Dutch Electronic Art Festival (NL), Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst (DE), ICC – InterCommunication Center (JP), International Triennale of Contemporary Art Yokohama (JP), ISEA – Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (USA), MACO – Contemporary Art Museum of Oaxaca (MX), MART – Museum of Art, Rovereto and Trento (IT), MOT – Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (JP), Singuhr Hoergalerie (DE), Steim (NL), Transmediale (DE), WSK Festival (PH) and YCAM – Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (JP).


“My main interest lies in sound and its reciprocal influences with a site. My fascination with space and perception stems from my involvement with sound after it has left its point of origin, may that be a sounding object or loudspeaker. The location, surrounding and environment of a sound has great impact on its perception. I believe the specificity of a site is just as, if not more interesting than a sound/artwork displayed within. Therefore my artistic work investigates physical spaces and environments with a paradigm shift from artist/artwork centered towards a space and spectator centric view. My ongoing research project “Perspectives on Spatialities” investigates the particularities of space and explores the possibilities of the sensibly understanding thereof by developing methods for revealing, interpreting and intervening site specific characteristics via ephemeral media, such as sound. The investigation articulates the described and/or formed space and gives visitors a chance to experience it on a new level, draw their own conclusions and reassess their relation to it. I use the time based medium sound as an explorational tool to introduce different perspectives to the viewers while trying to circumnavigate their expectation and physical restriction dependent understanding of their surroundings.”