Cyber Arts Japan
To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Ars Electronica, the worldwide media art festival held annually in Linz, Austria, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT) will mount Cyber Arts Japan, a special media art exhibition, focusing particularly on art and technology in Japan.
The ties between Ars Electronica and Japan have been close since the festival’s founding in 1979, thanks to the many Japanese artists who have participated and won awards in the festival. They include Isao Tomita, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Toshio Iwai, and Maywa Denki, for example. Cyber Arts Japan will focus on the works from the festival to explore new possibilities for connecting art, science and technology, and society.
This exhibition, organized with the support of Ars Electronics Linz GmbH, presents, for the first time, a group of significant video documents and reference materials that narrate the thirty-year history of the festival. The exhibition’s several sections will include 25 projects and 50 works of art. In addition to work by prizewinners from the past and this year’s prizewinning works, a Device Art exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center will be synchronized with Cyber Arts Japan, and a networked deconstruction and reconstruction project , in tribute to the Museum of the Future, will link Linz and the Tokyo exhibition site in real time. Cyber Arts Japan will also present high-profile media art that finds its material in new hybrid domains such as giving visual expression to literary works, digital public art, and space art.
Cyber Arts Japan will be held conjunction with the Japan Media Arts Festival, the Agency for Cultural Affairs event at the National Art Center, Tokyo. Plans also call for cooperating with related institutions in Japan such as the NTT Intercommunication Center [ICC]. The simultaneous MOT Collection exhibition will present work by Jikken Kobo (Experimental Workshop) as well as the Entrance Space Project, a large mural by “vagabond” artist Takehiko Inoue, as it examines trailblazers in media art and the present state of the media art domain. Bringing together a significant cluster of interactive, participatory works, events, and films, this exhibition will be a valuable opportunity to reconsider what the power of expression in Japan means and to explore where the next generation of media artists may take us.
Exhibition Official Website: www.mot-art-museum.jp/exhibition/cyberarts
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