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)
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.
TOKYO GARDEN site
An online exhibition of works, including Japanese winners of Prix Ars Electronica 2020 and the winners of the Art and Entertainment divisions at the Japan Media Arts Festival. The exhibition features a total of 10 works, including new works.
© NTT Intercommunication Center [ICC] / Photo: Keizo Kioku, © YCAM, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media / Photo: Yasuhiro Tani
HOSOI Miyu / “Lenna - Sound Installation for Personal Computer”
© Taira Tairadate
Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, OCHIAI Yoichi, EBIHARA Hikaru, EBARA Yoko, WOW, NARUSE Kazuhiro, TBWA\HAKUHODO Team / “YOICHI OCHIAI × JAPAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA VOL.3”
Rare footage and artist interviews that take you behind the scenes in the creators' workspaces
Talks by media artists and related parties
“Rewinding the History of Japanese Media Art”
Moderator: HATANAKA Minoru, SAITO Seiichi
Speaker: HASEGAWA Ai, GOTO Akinori, FURUDATE Ken, TSUDA Michiko
“Museum inside Network 91 Revisited”
Moderator: HATANAKA Minoru, SAITO Seiichi
Speaker: KUBOTA Akihiro, HACHIYA Kazuhiko, ETO Koichiro, SHIKATA Yukiko
“Role of Media Art”
Moderator: TOMURA Asako, HATANAKA Minoru
Speaker: ICHIHARA Etsuko, TOKUI Nao, WADA Natsumi, FUKUHARA Shiho
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
Thu. 10.9.2020, 21:00-24:00 (JST), 14:00-17:00 (CEST)
"DOMMUNE Presents “EXTREME REAL TOKYO” with BLACK SMOKER RECORDS"
Talk: UKAWA Naohiro, SAITO Seiichi
Performance: YAMAKAWA Fuyuki, ZVIZMO / Tentenko, ITO Atsuhiro
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
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
Ars Electronica 2020: Youtube Playlist
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