International Symposium

Concurrent Event
2/11(sun)10:30-16:00 (open 10:00)
Venue: Tokyo Women's Plaza Hall

Free Admission / English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation available.

The 2nd International Symposium for Media Art
"Art & Technology: Creativity, Education and Archive Environments"

Following the first event in 2016, Arts Council Tokyo and the Japan Foundation Asia Center will organize an international art and technology symposium, aiming to provide a forum for networking and dissemination in the fields of new media art and digital creativity.

The first symposium, “Art & Technology: Changing Times, Contemporary Trends, Future Platforms,” addressed the trends in this field from the 1970s to the present, proposing new platforms for media art in Tokyo and, by extension, Asia as a whole. In order to make more concrete proposals, this follow-up symposium will focus on the form and role of art and culture that continues to change in our globalized information society, introducing recent activities at leading art centers and festivals in cities around Asia and Europe.

In recent years, festivals and cultural institutions specializing in new media art have developed practical and accessible programs for people to experience creativity hands-on and learn about various forms of artistic expression that use media technology. From this we can see the emergence of new cultural and arts platforms organically connecting digital media, the public, and society through transnational and transregional collaboration and collective creativity within the network society.

What values and challenges are made possible today by digital media creativity? This symposium explores how infrastructures for new media art function within society through a wide-ranging series of case studies from art centers and festivals around the world. It will also consider related issues of cultural heritage, preservation, and archiving for Internet art and other examples of practice that employ digital technology. Bringing together leading practitioners in media art creativity, education and archiving, the symposium is an opportunity to assess the future prospects for arts and culture that will grow out of crossovers between art and technology.


10:30-10:40 Introduction

10:40-12:40 [Session1] Platforms for Creativity and Learning


Tengal (Composer / Founder of WSK: Festival of the Recently Possible)
Kiyoshi Suganuma (Educator at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM])
Jos Auzende (Artistic Advisor of the Gaîté Lyrique)
Julia Sarisetiati (Artist, Curator / ruangrupa)
12:40-14:00 time for a break

14:00-15:30 [Session2] Restoration, Preservation and Archiving Today


Aria Dean (Rhizome at the New Museum, Assistant Curator of Net Art)
Yae Akaiwa (Artist / exonemo)
15:30-16:00 Q&A and Discussion

*The program content is subject to change.


Please apply from here.


Feburary 11st (sun)


10:30-16:00 (Doors open at 10:00)


Tokyo Women’s Plaza Hall


*Pre-registration required. Registration starts on January 9, 2018


English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation available


The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)


Digital Choc / Institut français du Japon - Tokyo


Administrator of the International Symposium for Media Art (Knot Co, Ltd)
TEL : 81-3-5784-0175 (Weekdays, 10:00-17:00)
FAX : 81-3-6690-2569