In collaboration with Ars Electronica 2020

The theme for Ars Electronica 2020, the world's largest media art festival, is "In Kepler's Garden". The exhibition was held at the main venue in Linz, Austria and as 120 online projects (September 9-13). As each online project is referred to as a "garden", the website TOKYO GARDEN was created to explore the present and history of Japanese media art.
With SIATO Seiichi of Rhizomatiks as the director, TOKYO GARDEN introduced a variety of works and creators, including the Japanese winners of Prix Ars Electronica 2020 and the winners of the Art and Entertainment divisions from the 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival, as well as videos of creators in their studios, talks by media artists and related people, and live-streaming events.

Curation theme: “TOKYO GARDEN”

What is the benefit of an online festival?
How we can utilize this unfortunate but unique opportunity?
TOKYO GARDEN will be a place where we exhibit current Japanese artists’ works, but, will also be a chance to trace the origin of Japanese Media Art through talks, interviews and a sharing archive.

KEY: Online, 2020, TOKYO, CONTEXT, ARCHIVE, LIVE, Map the new world.

TOKYO GARDEN is an online place where we all can explore the origin of Japanese Media Art.
As William Gibson describes in his novels, Tokyo is a city of cyber, high tech and a unique wired culture. Why? We will try to find an answer, tracing where, how and from whom our media artists’ roots originate. For this challenge, we are planning a variety of contents such as talks with different artists and curators, virtual studio tours, a sharing archive, and current artists’ work, including winners of the 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival. Of course, we will also have many entertainment programs with DJs and artists.
We hope you can virtually visit Tokyo, enjoy and think together to find the future role of media art.

Director: SAITO Seiichi (Rhizomatiks Architecture Director)

Online projects

Based on the curation theme, the following online projects will be carried out in order to provide a global audience with a sense of the present and history of Japanese media art.

Art and Entertainment Division Special Site

In conjunction with Ars Electronica 2020, we have created a website for overseas audiences (in English) to introduce a variety of online content such as works and creators, videos of creators' studios, talks by media artists and other related people, and live-streaming events.


Site contents
Studio Tour

Rare footage and artist interviews that take you behind the scenes in the creators' workspaces

Talk Conference

Talks by media artists and related parties

Live-Streaming Programs
“SUPER DOMMUNE tuned by au 5G Presents “TOKYO REAL””
Part 1:
Thu. 10.9.2020, 18:30-21:00 (JST), 11:30 -14:00 (CEST)
"DOMMUNE Presents Anatomical Tables of EI WADA"
Talk: UKAWA Naohiro, WADA Ei

Part 2:
Thu. 10.9.2020, 21:00-24:00 (JST), 14:00-17:00 (CEST)
Talk: UKAWA Naohiro, SAITO Seiichi
Performance: YAMAKAWA Fuyuki, ZVIZMO / Tentenko, ITO Atsuhiro
“Rhizomatiks presents PLAYING TOKYO Vol.09 “Special Edition””
<Part 1>
Fri. 11.9.2020, 14:00-15:00 (CEST), 21:00-22:00 (JST)
Talk: SAITO Seiichi, Carsten NICOLAI, ABE Kazunao, Marko PELJHAN, SHIKATA Yukiko

<Part 2>
Fri. 11.9.2020, 15:00-16:00 (CEST), 22:00-23:00 (JST)
DJ: MANABE Daito, Rhizomatiks VJ

Ars Electronica 2020

The Ars Electronica official website introduces the special TOKYO GARDEN website, exhibited works, talks, live-streaming content and other events.
Ars Electronica Garden Tokyo