Ars Electronica Garden Tokyo

Tokyo Garden

Japan Media Arts Festival Overseas Promotion

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What is the benefit of an online festival? How we can make the most of this unfortunate but unique opportunity? Tokyo Garden will be a place where we exhibit current Japanese artists’ works, and invite us to trace the origin of Japanese Media Art through talks, interviews and a sharing archive.

KEY: Online, 2020, TOKYO, CONTEXT, ARCHIVE, LIVE, Map the new world.

Tokyo Garden

Tokyo Garden is an online place where we all can explore the origin of Japanese Media Art. As William Gibson describes in his novels, Tokyo is a city of cyber, high-tech and a uniquely wired culture. Why? We will try to find an answer, tracing where, how and from whom our media artists’ roots originate. For this challenge, we are planning to contents such as talks with different artists and curators, virtual studio tours, a sharing archive, and current artists’ work, including winners of the Japan Media Arts Festival 2020. Of course, we will also have many entertainment programs with DJs and artists. We hope you can virtually visit Tokyo, enjoy it and think together about the future of media art.

Tokyo Garden is hosting a portal website for various Japanese creators and organizations who have played an important role in Japan’s media art scene such as ICC and Dommune, with their original exhibitions and performances in association with Ars Electronica 2020. Dommune, for example, was founded in 2010 by artist Naohiro Ukawa, and was Japan’s first live streaming studio and channel. Monday through Thursday, it has been streaming for five hours a day for ten years, experimenting with live video delivery in an era where the traditional concepts of „broadcasting“, „publishing“ and „advertising“ are going bankrupt. In collaboration with Tokyo Garden, Dommune will showcase new possibilities for visual communication at Ars Electronica Festival.

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Project Credits / Acknowledgements

Seiichi Saito (JP)
Creative Director, Rhizomatiks
Director of TOKYO GARDEN,
Japan Media Arts Festival Overseas Promotion


To promote outstanding works oversears, the Japan Media Arts Overseas Promotion, organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, has hosted exhibitions, screenings, and presentations focusing on award-winning works from the Japan Media Arts Festival. We are releasing information online about the artists and locally deployed specialists, with several special exhibitions planned throughout the year.

Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
Playing Tokyo


Press kit PDF (EN)