“Open Space 2015” at NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC) (Tokyo, Japan)

“Open Space 2015” is an exhibition introducing works of media art and other forms of artistic expression born out of today’s media environments, to a broad audience. On display are an array of representative, historical and new works from the realm of media art, as well as results of research activities at educational institutions. In addition to showing exhibits for visitors to enjoy, it is our aim to inspire them to reflect on today’s diversified media and means of communication that define the background from which these works emerged.
Also on the schedule during the exhibition period are a number of related programs including talk sessions, lectures, symposia and workshops with artists and experts, as well as guided tours around the exhibits with explanations by the curatorial staff.

A space that combines ICC’s diverse functions, Open Space integrates galleries, a mini theater, and the video archive “HIVE.” Since its launch in 2006, the exhibition has been held as an admission-free event with changing contents each year. Based on the mission of ICC, it aims to function as an open platform where possibilities of communication culture and art created with the help of advanced technologies can be presented to a large number of people.

Artists include: Toshio Iwai, So Kanno + Yang2, Yuri Suzuki, Semi Transparent Design, Shiro Takatani, Gregory Barsamian, Norimichi Hirakawa, Filament, Bill Fontana, Masaki Fujihata, Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin, and Ei Wada

Simplicity – The Art of Complexity (Osaka, Japan)

Urban population growth has become a global issue. A similar trend has been brought about by the Digital Revolution, which processes and captures human activities in vast amounts of Big Data. In the cities, people are constantly producing data via tweets, web search engines and ATM transactions. When we talk about the narrative of a city with voluminous amounts of complex and entangled data, the creation of a narrative tale requires the skillful art of reduction.

Currently, we live amongst massive matter. Why do we feel empathy towards a specific object out of the huge amount of objects around us? When expressing a narrative of this feeling, we engage in a subtle process to find a simple order that resolves the complexity and the imagination in order to create a new world with Mitate the Japanese technique of poetic interpretation that creates new meaning.

The exhibition will show work by Carlo Ratti, director of the research group MIT SENSEable City Lab that explores ways to visualize new narratives of SENSEable cities and plaplax, an artist collective known for poetic and intuitive interactive art between human and nature.

This event, which includes an exhibition, talk sessions and workshops, will discuss Simplicity in an age of complexity.