Special Exhibition "Where Heaven meets Earth" at FILE 2014

August 13, 2014

An exhibition Where Heaven meets Earth is being organized for FILE 2014, South America’s biggest international media arts festival, which will be taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil from Monday 25 August to Sunday 5 October.

Japan Media Arts Festival Special Exhibition
“Where Heaven meets Earth”
PeriodMonday, 25th August, 2014 to Sunday, 5th October, 2014
VenueCentro Cultural FIESP- SESI Art Gallery
Paulista Avenue 1.313São Paulo, Brazil

Organizer:Japan Media Arts Festival
Co-organizer:FILE-Electronic Language International Festival
Planning Director:KUSUMI Kiyoshi (Art critic/Editor/Associate Professor, Tokyo Metropolitan University)
Project advisor:YOSHIOKA Hiroshi(Professor,Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University/Aesthetics and Art Theory)
MOURI Yoshitaka(Musical Creativity and the Environment, Tokyo University of the Arts/Sociology)

Theme and Plan

Imagine the clouds dripping. Dig a hole in your garden to put them in.
Yoko Ono, 1963 Spring.

In ancient times, the medium meant spiritual medium conveying words from Heaven to Earth. The medium’s role has been passed down to the present.
Media art expressions, which visually realize the formless, invisible world of non-existence, present as our physical experience an imaginary world that lies outside, or within, our perception and awareness.

It is our capacity for imagination that is required to face two worlds, whether conflicting or parallel, and accept them. If it helps to connect, move across between, and reverse Heaven and Earth, the dripping clouds will turn into water in the pond and bring clear skies again.
KUSUMI Kiyoshi, Planning Director

KUSUMI Kiyoshi
Art EditorCriticAssociate Professor of Tokyo Metropolitan University
KUSUMI Kiyoshi was born in 1963. He launched Comickers in 1995 and was chief editor till 1997. From1999-2000, he was deputy editor of BIJUTSUTECHO, chief editor from 2000-2004, and Affiliate Professor of Kyoto University of Art & Design from 2007-2008. He is an associate Professor of Tokyo Metropolitan University.
Selected writings include ROCK NO BIJYUTUKAN (Rock Museum) (2013, Shinko Music Entertainment), Hachiya Kazuhiko OpenSky2.0 (2007, NTT Publishing), etc. He was co-curator of an exhibition KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art (2008-9) at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Workshop  “Remeasuring the Size of the Earth”
LecturerTSUCHIYA Takayoshi MIHARA Soichiro
Date:Thursday, 28th August, 18:00〜21:00 Venue:Centro Cultural FILESP
Target:Those who are more than 15 years old and interested in Art and Design Fixed number:10 people
※Please bring your lap top.

This workshop from Japan is led by Takayoshi Tsuchiya of the Domain Series of intangible server-based computer program works and Soichiro Mihara, creator of 3D soap bubble pillar installations that float in the air. They try to reconnect with the Earth on which we live through media-style thinking and the media arts. The sizes of invisible things are rendered into visible shapes and dimensions for remeasuring.


Program Screening
Screenings of award-winning works in the Japan Media Arts Festival
Date:Monday 25 August – Sunday 5 October
Venue:Centro Cultural FIESP         ※Reservations not required

A program of award-winning, short animated productions from the Japan Media Arts Festival 2013 and Beyond the Technology will be screened at the venue for FILE ANIMA+ during FILE 2014.

Animated short program 2014
This program of 13 highly distinctive short animations has been compiled from prize-winners and jury recommendations of the Animation Division at the 2013 17th Japan Media Arts Festival.

Beyond the Technology
New modes of expression made possible by the continuing evolution of digital technology have produced today’s sense of great diversity. This program features the sensibilities of the creators and imaginative powers they share with regard to our contemporary world through the introduction of 14 works.