The Power of the Unseen

Time, Sound, Resonance, Ecosystems, Social Bodies, Bonds and Life

September 8 – 12, 2021

The Power of the Unseen

Time, Sound, Resonance, Ecosystems,

Social Bodies, Bonds and Life

Guided by the theme “The Power of the Unseen,” we are pleased to introduce the winners from the 24th Japan Media Arts Festival, including KOIZUMI Meiro, evala (Honorary Mentions, Prix Ars Electronica 2021) and more, and to explore their continuous efforts to express the signs of change in society. We are also highlighting a variety of collective movements in the industrial world that go beyond the boundaries of art.
TOMURA Asako
Director of Garden TOKYO, Japan Media Arts Festival Overseas Promotion
September 2021

Exhibitions

KOIZUMI Meiro

Prometheus Unbound

Photo by SATO Shun

VR Theater

Prometheus Unbound

Ars Electronica 2021 Garden TOKYO ver.

Streaming schedule
  • Sept. 8 – 30, 2021

Documentation Film Prometheus Bound

© KOIZUMI Meiro

Video documentation

VR Theater Prometheus Bound

KOIZUMI Meiro is an artist who explores the relationship between the individual and the state/community, and between the human body and emotions through experimental videos and performances that interweave reality and fiction. His work examines the mechanisms that give rise to feelings of violence and self-sacrifice and allows viewers to relive the emotions of those involved. At Aichi Triennale 2019, he performed a theatrical piece using VR technology, which drew great attention from the art and theater worlds.
At Garden TOKYO, the VR work Prometheus Unbound will be presented for Ars Electronica 2021 Garden TOKYO as a bespoke version for a limited period. The video documentation of his previous work, the full-scale VR theater piece Prometheus Bound, which won the Grand Prize in the Art Division of the 24th Japan Media Arts Festival, will also be presented.


YOSHIFUJI Ory

AVATAR ROBOT CAFE DAWN ver.β

©Ory Laboratory inc.

On-site demonstration

AVATAR ROBOT CAFE DAWN ver.β

Demonstration schedule
  • Sept. 9 - 12, 2021, 11:00 - 12:00 (CEST)

​​While still a university student, YOSHIFUJI Ory designed OriHime, an avatar robot that can be controlled remotely by people who have difficulty going out due to ALS or other intractable diseases or severe disabilities. He founded the Avatar Robot Cafe, an experimental café supporting people with disabilities that allows them to work as service staff using OriHime. It aims to overcome the issues that hinder people's participation in society through technology and to end the loneliness of mankind. This project was awarded the Grand Prize in the Art Division of the 24th Japan Media Arts Festival for raising the issue and presenting a solution to the insufficient employment of the disabled in Japanese society. In this exhibition, we introduce a permanent experimental café that opened in Tokyo in June 2021.


SAKUMA Kaito

Liquid Mirror Series - Square

On-site exhibition

KEHAI: Liquid Mirror Series - Square -

SAKUMA Kaito is a sound artist working in a variety of fields, from digital media to real space. With the theme of “raw existence,” he creates sound spaces that aim to expand cognition. In recent years, he has been creating sound sculptures using mirrored surfaces as motifs, and his sound installation Ether, created in 2020, in which mirrored surfaces vibrate in synchronization with the viewer's heartbeat to create sound on the spot, won the New Face Award in the Art Division of the 24th Japan Media Arts Festival. In this exhibition, he will show the award-winning work and a new work in the series, KEHAI: Liquid Mirror Series - Square -, in which we can feel an invisible “presence.”
Today, not only people in the art world, but also in many other fields, listen to audio information via earphones or speakers. In contrast to this trend, the artist explores the materiality of sound.


KAKEHI Yasuaki Laboratory,

The University of Tokyo

Harpreet SAREEN, Franziska MACK, KAKEHI Yasuaki

Hybrid exhibition

Photo by Franziska MACK

Hybrid exhibition

Algaphon

Schedule
  • Sept. 8 – 12, 2021, 09:00 – 17:00 (CEST)

​​The KAKEHI Yasuaki Laboratory in the University of Tokyo Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies Graduate School, is led by artist and researcher KAKEHI Yasuaki. In 2020, Soundform No. 1 won the Excellence Award in the 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival Art Division. In this exhibition, KAKEHI will present an online participatory hybrid installation work in which he “talks” with algae in the water, with lab members Harpreet SAREEN and collaborator Franziska MACK. Through the interaction, the exhibition will give viewers an opportunity to think about the time axis and the “umwelten” (environment) of aquatic plants, which is different from that of humans.

Live Performance

evala (See by Your Ears)

Photo by MIYAWAKI Shintaro

Chosho Hakkei in Rittor Base

- Live Performance ver

Streaming schedule
  • Sept. 11, 2021, 13:00 – 14:00 (CEST)

    20:00 – 21:00 (JST)

  • Sept. 12, 2021, 17:00 – 18:00 (CEST)

    24:00 – 25:00 (JST)

Chosho Hakkei in Rittor Base - HPL ver, which won a Prix Ars Electronica 2021 Digital Musics & Sound Art Honorary Mention, is an 8.1.2-ch spatial audio work presented at Ochanomizu Rittor Base in 2020. It was then released as a stereophonic streaming/downloadable sound source using the binaural technology called HPL. evala will perform the work using the 3D sound system and high-definition video system at Rittor Base.

Talks

Memories of journey, the future of spatial acoustics - See by Your Ears

evala, KUBO Jiro, TOMURA Asako

Guests

evala, Musician/Sound artist
KUBO Jiro, Sound engineer


Moderator

TOMURA Asako, Director of Garden TOKYO

Streaming schedule
  • Sept. 11, 2021, 15:00 – 16:00 (CEST)

    22:00 – 23:00 (JST)

Sound artist evala explores sound design not only in the sense of composing music along the time axis, but also spatially. In recent years, he has continued to present a number of distinguished works that no one has experienced before, as his spatial view of the musical world leads to the evolution of innovative sound technology and methods. In the talk session, evala will reveal his interpretation of technology and talk about the development of new expressions of sound with KUBO Jiro, a master of spatial acoustic technology, as we review evala’s works from the past through his latest award-winning creations, Chosho Hakkei, Invisible Cinema Sea, See, She - To you, who is yet to come, Synesthesia X1-2.44, Touch that Sound and Acoustic Vessel Odyssey.


Solitude and bonding. We can change the world by making the impossible possible.

YOSHIFUJI Ory, NAGAHIRO Masato, OriHime pilot

Guests

YOSHIFUJI Ory, Inventor/Robot communicator
NAGAHIRO Masato, OriHime pilot/Bedridden creator


Moderator

UCHIDA Maholo, Curator/Exhibition producer

Streaming schedule
  • Sept. 8, 2021, 13:30 – 14:30 (CEST)

    20:30 – 21:30 (JST)

To have one’s own role and to continue to participate in society—this is the reason for one’s existence and the meaning of life that everyone wishes for. YOSHIFUJI Ory developed OriHime, an avatar robot based on his own experience as a teenager, to resolve solitude as the theme of his life, and developed a series of prototypes to meet the motivations of users. This has brought a social body and an opportunity to work in a café to ALS patients and people who have limited mobility. YOSHIFUJI, who describes himself as a robot communicator rather than a researcher, and the OriHime pilot NAGAHIRO Masato will discuss solitude, bonds and how the world can be changed in this talk session.

Highlighting Collective Movements Highlighting Collective Movements

We are introducing six initiatives in contemporary Japan in which diverse people are collaborating beyond the boundaries and forms of art. These collaborations have the effect of reconfiguring existing frameworks and demonstrating new values to traditional industries and society. Those who go it alone, striving for values that no one has seen before, are true pioneers. Their unwavering belief and pride in their work is the same whether they are artists, researchers or craftsmen. And if they can gather a multitude of versatile fellows under their wing and create a new movement, they will become an invisible force for change in society.

Their unwavering belief and pride in their work is the same whether they are artists, researchers or craftsmen. And if they can gather a multitude of versatile fellows under their wing and create a new movement, they will become an invisible force for change in society.


Garden TOKYO Staff

Direction
TOMURA Asako
Web Production

Web Direction: glow (OKAZAKI Tomoe, AKABANE Kyo, OYAMA Chihiro)

Design: YANAGAWA Tomoyuki

Cording: OHARA Takayoshi

English Translation

KOYA Kotoko

Karen SEVERNS

Video Production

trenova Inc.

TFO. LLC

Streaming Operation
Ca style
Planning and Management
Visual Industry Promotion Organization
Organization
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
Thanks to

Sony Group Corporation

Ochanomizu Rittor Base (Rittor Music, Inc.)

AVATAR ROBOT CAFE DAWN ver. β (Ory Laboratories Inc.)

AOKI Ryuta

In collaboration with

Ars Electronica Festival 2021

Extended Reality Ensemble (Garden NYC)

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