A new media art exhibit opens at Tokyo International Cruise Terminal today as part of The Agency for Cultural Affairs’ “CULTURE GATE to JAPAN” initiative.
Six New Media artists will be featured at the Tokyo International Cruise Terminal, along with their concurrent online exhibition, with the objective of promoting Japanese culture and sharing it with the world. The theme of the exhibition, “Back TOKYO Forth”, exemplified by the six featured artists, will be communicated through the medium of Media Arts, a contemporary artistic movement comprising of virtual art, computer graphics, computer animation, manga, and sound art. Back TOKYO Forth contemplates past and present cultures in Tokyo, demonstrating the temporal and cultural dualities of Japanese art and culture.
Synesthesia X1 – 2.44 <Hazo> by Synesthesia Lab feat. evala (See by Your Ears)
In 2019, Enhance and Rhizomatiks teamed up to develop the “Synesthesia X1 – 2.44” — an immersive synesthetic experience device equipped with two speakers and 44 actuators that wraps you in a world of sounds, lights, and haptic feedback. The multisensory art experience featured at Back Tokyo Forth preserves the original “Synesthesia”, and incorporates new elements from sound artists evala and Flowplateaux.
Tokyo Behavior by Michiko Tsuda
With a Ph.D. in Film and New Media Studies at the Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts, Michiko showcases video pieces based on motifs and images of the Shōwa era. Her recent exhibitions include “Inter+Play: Arts Towada 10th Anniversary Exhibition Part 1” in 2020, “Trilogue” in 2020, “Observing Forest” in 2017.
Feature Artist: Asako Fujikura
Having completed her master’s degree at the Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts in 2018, Asako assembles images, installations, and AR using three-dimensional computer graphics that imagine a life beyond the metropolitan monotony of Japanese city life. She has participated in both solo and group exhibitions including “Colony Highway Broadcast” and “Close to Nature, Next to Humanity”.
Feature Artist: Kota Iguchi
Kota, a director of both motion graphics and live action, displays work that warps and challenges our perception of the passage of time. Kota has won awards including the Tokyo TDC Award 2014, D&AD Yellow Pencil Award 2015, and the NY ADC Gold Award 2015. He currently holds the position of visiting professor at Kyoto University of the Arts.
Be sure to check the exhibition’s official website for the most up-to-date information regarding Covid-19 containment measures and opening hours. This new media exhibit is directed by Seiichi Saito and curated by Minoru Hatanaka.