As part of our overseas promotion program, the Japan Media Arts Festival organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Government of Japan will participate in ARS ELECTRONICA FESTIVAL 2018, which will be held from September 6th to 10th 2018 in Linz, Austria.
“MetaLimbs” (SASAKI Tomoya / MHD Yamen SARAIJI) and “INDUSTRIAL JP” (INDUSTRIAL JP), winners of the 21st New Face Award (Entertainment Division) of the Japan Media Arts Festival will be part of the theme exhibition Error.
SASAKI Tomoya and Mr. MHD Yamen SARAIJI, developers of "MetaLimbs", will visit the festival to showcase their works.
In addition, the Japan Media Arts Festival 21st Jury Selection (Art Division) work titled “AI DJ Project” (TOKUI Nao / DOZONO Shoya), received an Honorary Mention at the international competition “PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA 2018” hosted by ARS ELECTRONICA, and will also be exhibited as part of this year’s ARS ELECTRONICA awards-winning exhibition “CyberArts”.
Furthermore, the 21st Japan Media Arts Festival prize-winning works will be showed at the screening event “ARS ELECTRONICA ANIMATION FESTIVAL”.
Once a year, ARS ELECTRONICA invites artists, scientists and researchers from all over the world to a conclave in Linz to confront a specific, interdisciplinary theme in the context of speeches, workshops, exhibitions and symposia. Each year’s festival is dedicated to a different issue, and the formats of the various approaches to it are the very opposite of sacrosanct. This is a setting for experimentation, evaluation and reinvention, for the search for that which advances the betterment of human society, whereby the provenance of whatever that might be isn’t the least bit relevant.
Theme Exhibitions ERROR
The theme of this year is “ERROR”
At what point does an error become a mistake, a fail, and what makes it the celebrated source of unprecedented ideas and inventions? When is an error an oversight and when is it intentional deception, a fake? An error doesn’t have to be a mistake; it can be an opportunity!
Artist：SASAKI Tomoya / MHD Yamen SARAIJI［Japan / Syria］
2018 21st New Face Award (Entertainment Division)
MetaLimbs adds “new arms” that can be freely manipulated by strapping on 2 robotic arms. The robotic arms are worn on the shoulders, and sensors placed on the top of the feet and the knees of both right and left legs track the movements of the legs to move the arms. Moving the toes moves the robot hands, which are equipped with tactile sensors, and the sensations of the robotic hands are fed back to the legs. These robotic arms can provide functions that surpass human physical abilities by replacing the end of the robotic arms with tools such as a soldering iron. As trends in technology transition from prosthetic to human enhancement technology, the question is raised as to how technology will change human physical sensation.
©Tomoya Sasaki, MHD Yamen Saraiji
“INDUSTRIAL JP” (2017)
Genre：Video / Sound work
Artist：INDUSTRIAL JP ［Japan］
2018 21st Excellence Award（Entertainment Division）
INDUSTRIAL JP is a music label that creates and distributes musical compositions and music videos by re-editing video samplings of machine tools in operation and field recordings of sound in small factories located here and there in Japan. Numerous musicians and factories producing springs, screws, and the like collaborate to produce club music out of analog sounds of machine tools at work. Seven works have been released as of March 2018. The reverberating sounds of operating machines and gleaming, well-oiled machinery in motion continuously construct a constant rhythm that is presented in beautiful sound and video. Establishment of the label was motivated by a strong sense of the impact of dwindling domestic industry caused by globalization. The label aims to help boost domestic manufacturing by communicating the excitement of small factories in Japan. The website features interviews with the various factories and has become a platform for sharing the advanced technological capabilities of small factories and the appeal of state-of-the-art products crafted by that technological power.
PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA 2018 / CyberArts Exhibition
PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA, which began since 1987, has become the most important award in the field of media arts all over the world.
The categories are broadly defined, going far beyond the media art genre to encompass futuristic in other tech-related disciplines.
The Golden Nica statuette is considered the Oscar of media art.
Each year, 3,500+ entries from over 100 countries are submitted for Prix Ars Electronica Prize consideration.
Artist：TOKUI Nao / DOZONO Shoya ［Japan］
2018 21st Jury Selections （Art Division）
Artificial intelligence (AI), which has learned the characteristics of musical composition, and a human DJ take each other’s musical selections. AI analyze the DJ’s music and chooses the next song, uses the turntable to make mixes, and sometimes surprises us with musical selections that go beyond our imagination. People explore the possibilities of dialogue and co-creation through this discussion between two DJs.
”21st Japan Media Arts Festival Award-winning Program”
This program comprises 11 highly distinctive works from award-winning works of the Animation, Entertainment, and Art Division from the 21st Japan Media Arts Festival
|Venue||Moviemento Cinema "Movie 1". OK Platz 1, 4020 Linz|
Fri Sept 7th at 6 pm ( with Introduction )
Sun Sept 9th at 8 pm
Mon Sept 10th at 7 pm