Keiko Sei

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Keiko Sei (b. Bangkok) is a writer, curator, and advocate of independent media.

After working as a video curator in Japan from the early 1980s, running an organisation for videoart and independent video, she moved to Eastern Europe in 1988 to research the communist bloc media scene. In 2002, she has moved from Czech Republic to Bangkok to continue her research on independent media in Southeast Asia, especially Burma, where she founded the Myanmar Moving Image Center in 2003.

She has initiated and worked as curator on various projects, including The Media Are With Us - The Role of Television in the Romanian Revolution (Budapest, 1990); the video program The Age of Nikola Tesla (Osnabrück, 1991); Ostranenie (Dessau, 1993); Prague Media Symposium; Ex Oriente Lux - Romanian Video Week (Bucharest, 1993); Orbis Fictus exhibition (Prague, 1995) and the exhibition POLITIK-UM/New Engamement, (Prague, 2002); and as editor of documenta 12 magazines project (2006-2007).

She has taught and given lectures on media art, independent media, and media activism at numerous institutions, including Video/Performance/Multimedia Studio of the Technical University of Brno (1998-2002); Kazakhstan (1999); and the University of Media Art and Design in Karlsruhe (HfG) where she currently teaches as a guest professor.

Her video archive, which has been collected in transition across different continents (1988-1999), was exhibited to the public at translocation_new media/art, Generali Foundation, in Vienna in 1999, and the German media described it as "the biggest collection of revolutionary videos in private hand."

She has written for Umělec magazine and Respekt in the Czech Republic and numerous publications worldwide, with the overall focus of her essays being society in transition.



  • editor, Infermental 8: In the Afterglow of TV Land. The Tokyo Edition, Budapest: Infermental, 1988, 41+43 pp. To accompany the Infermental 8 VHS compilation. (English)/(Japanese)
  • editor, Von der Bürokratie zur Telekratie. Rumänien im Fernsehen. Ein Symposion aus Budapest, Berlin: Merve, 1990, 165 pp. Contributions by Paolino Accolla, László Beke, Magda Cârneci, Mihaela Cristea, Serge Daney, Jean-Paul Fargier, Vilém Flusser, Ingo Günther, Veijo Hietala, Ari Honka-Hallila, Erkki Huhtamo, Derrick de Kerckhove, Richard Kriesche, Geert Lovink, Margaret Morse, Morgan Russel, Jeffrey Shaw, Tjebbe van Tijen, Paul Virilio, Peter Weibel. (German)
  • Konečná krajina, ed. Vladimír Havlík, trans. Jakub Geisler, Pavla Niklová, Lucie Simerová and Vladan Šír, Prague: One Woman Press, 2004, 267 pp. ISBN 80-86356-28-0. [1] Review: Denisa Kera (Ikaros, 2005). (Czech)


  • "The True Japanese Art Form", Impulse 15:4, Mar 1990. [2] (English)
  • "Japanese CMs: A Mirror for the 1990s", trans. Alfred Birnbaum, Art & Text 36, May 1990, pp 26-35. (English)
  • "Jak lépe porozumět médiím reálného času", in Video art '94: Příroda v pohybu / Nature in Motion, Prague: Mánes, 1994. (Czech)/(English)
  • "Po stopách médií: pohled na mezinárodní scénu mediálního umění z Čech" / "Tracing Media: Viewing the International Media-scape from the Czech Lands", in Orbis Fictus: nová média v současném umění / New Media in Contemporary Arts, eds. Ludvík Hlaváček and Marta Smolíková, Prague: Sorosovo centrum současného umění, 1995, pp 141-156. (Czech)/(English)
  • "Flusser, média a východní Evropa", Výtvarné umění 3-4, 1996, pp 231-235. (Czech)
  • "Der wilde Osten (1): so schön ist es hier!", Kursiv 4:2, Linz, 1997. (German)
  • "N.J.P., world citizen", Detail 5, Prague, 1999. (English)/(Czech)
  • "'Navigator. 1988ff.' Fragmente eines osteuropäischen Medienarchivs", Springerin 1, Vienna, 1999. [5] (German)
  • "History, the Acoustic", in The End of the World? / Konec světa, eds. Milan Knížák and Tatjana Demčáková, Prague: National Gallery in Prague, 2000. (English)
  • "Navždy vůdčí kultura, Umělec 4:1, Prague, 2001, pp 92-103. (Czech)
  • "Po stopách médií", in České umění 1980-2010, eds. Jiří Ševčík, Pavlína Morganová, Dagmar Dušková Svatošová, and Terezie Nekvindová, Prague: VVP AVU, 2011, pp 508-513. (Czech)


  • "Keiko Sei in Conversation with Chris Hill", in Aesthetics of Risk: SoCCAS Symposium Vol. III, ed. John C. Welchman, Zürich: JRP Ringier, 2008. [10]