Since 2003 Manabe’s genre defining collaborations have interrogated emerging technologies, programming and interactive design, resulting in ambitious creative projects at the cutting edge of art and technology. In 2006 he founded Rhizomatiks, and since 2015 he has worked with Motoi Ishibashi on Rhizomatiks Research, to conduct innovate and ambitious R&D.
Manabe has produced collaborative projects with musicians internationally, including Nosaj Thing, Squarepusher, Timo Maas and Etsuko Yakushimaru. Since 2011 he has collaborated with dance company ELEVENPLAY to create works that explore machine learning technologies and computervision. Receiving media praise (WIRED, Discovery Channel) these projects have toured festivals around the world, including Sónar (Barcelona) and Mutek (Mexico City).
His installation and performances have been presented internationally at festivals including Ars Electronica (Linz), STRP Festival (Eindhoven), Resonate (Serbia) and Sónar (Barcelona). He has received numerous awards including Distinction in the Ars Electronica Prix Interactive division for Particles (2011) and Honorary Mentions for Perfume Global Site (2012) and Sound of Honda / Ayrton Senna 1989 (2013).
Manabe was the first artist to be commissioned for COSMOS, a flagship international art-science residency exploring deep space between Abandon Normal Devices, University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory and bluedot festival in 2017.