Media art roams around the theatre
The previous gaps in time and space have been rapidly filled by the development of media technology, and our lives and society have changed immensely. On the other hand, the advancing of summarization and conceptualization has made a wide range of things more abstract whenever we attempt to understand them. Originally, our “world” was everything, including what was made abstract, and there was a human ability that existed in order to sense this. This was the imagination. Something else that the human imagination has produced is the concept of the ghost. Ghosts exist in a way that transcends the time frame of the “now” as well as physical space while not having actual substance themselves. Put another way, we might say that ghosts function as media or interfaces that stir the imagination. This Kyoto exhibition of the Japan Media Arts Festival explores the simultaneous presence and absence of humanity by presenting media as a place for spurring our imaginations on the theme of ghosts.
Ghosts are something created by the human imagination, an ability furnished by us in order to perceive the world. Transcending time and space, ghosts function as media or interfaces that stir the imagination. This exhibition at a theatre explores the theme of ghosts based on this idea, searching for the simultaneous presence and absence of mankind.
Celebrating its 20th edition this year, the Japan Media Arts Festival showcases the various forms of artistic expression created with new media today, including cinema, manga, animation, computers, and media using electronic devices. This Kyoto satellite exhibition comprises exhibits exploring the binary of human absence/presence by presenting media as a place for stirring the imagination on the theme of ghosts, offering a uniquely theatrical viewing experience.
・Approx. 15 examples of previous winning works from the Japan Media Arts Festival (including applicants from overseas)
・2 artworks produced by Kohei Takahashi and Tadasu Takamine for the exhibition
*Talks and other related events will be announced at a later date.
Japan Media Arts Festival Regional Exhibition
The Japan Media Arts Festival is a media art and entertainment festival organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Aiming to create and develop media arts, it has been held every year since 1997. The regional iteration of the festival is held alongside the main exhibition in Tokyo. With a focus on the award-winning artworks from the festival, the event features exhibits, talks and tours, presenting opportunities for visitors to encounter superb examples of media arts. The host city for each edition of the regional exhibition is decided by the Agency for Cultural Affairs from an open-call application process.
the Agency for Cultural Affairs
Kyoto City, ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto City Music Arts and Culture Promotion Foundation)
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto Okazaki Tsutaya Books, ROHM Music Foundation