Inspired by anime robots, the cyberpunk era, and the craft behind technological engineering, he gleams as he recalls a childhood memory. “I always compared the inside of computers,” he says, excited, “to some sort of secret base, wondering what the purpose was for all the components and fixings.” He makes sure every piece of an integrated circuit can be salvaged in the name of science and art.
From broken motherboards, plastic to electrical wiring intricately moulded together to establish a cyberpunk apocalyptic aesthetic, he amplifies and investigates the connection and relationship between humans and technology. He delves into the world of transhumanism as a spiritual transcendence and the future of humanity in augmented bodies. Not only are his dioramas kicking the cyberpunk genre into even high gear, but they are also made to function. His models raise important questions, albeit fascinating to examine; they also operate and serve as a practical contraption for everyday use.
Ikeuchi studied Art Science at Tama University, where he was taught to judge the value of design, explore the art of Biomedia and the infinite possibilities these bring to us. These futuristic designs, and I guess what you could call cyberpunk fashion, also paint a candid picture of our world. Commenting on the era of surveillance as well as online and offline privacy, his thought-provoking work reminds us that the future is only as sombre as we make it.