School of the Future – Open Studio


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Cultural Technology of the Future as Revealed by Ars Electronica Festival 2021

A global authority in media art and electronic music, Ars Electronica has been working on the School of the Future project together with TOKYO MIDTOWN since 2017. In connection with this year’s Ars Electronica Festival 2021-A New Digital Deal-, a special online talk session SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE -OPEN STUDIO-, will be held. Inviting Daito Manabe, who is an artist and one of the jury in this year’s Prix Ars Electronica, members from Ars Electronica and TOKYO MIDTOWN discuss the cultural technology of the future while looking back over this year’s award-winning projects.

Daito Manabe (JP): Tokyo-based artist, interaction designer, programmer, and DJ.
Launched Rhizomatiks in 2006. Specially-appointed professor at Keio University SFC.
Manabe’s work in design, art, and entertainment takes a new approach to everyday materials and phenomenon. However, his end goal is not simply rich, high-definition realism by recognizing and recombining these familiar elemental building blocks. Rather, his practice is informed by careful observation to discover and elucidate the essential potentialities inherent to the human body, data, programming, computers, and other phenomena, thus probing the interrelationships and boundaries delineating the analog and digital, real and virtual.

Emiko Ogawa (JP): Emiko Ogawa is a Japanese curator and artist based in Linz, Austria. She is Head of Prix Ars Electronica which is known as the world’s most time-honored media arts competition organized by Ars Elecronica. She has worked for the launch of the new Ars Electronica Center in 2008 and since then she has curated the exhibition for the Ars Electronica Center, Ars Electronica Festival and Ars Electronica Export.

Kyoko Kunoh (JP): Kyoko Kunoh is an artist and a key researcher of Ars Electronica Futurelab.
She has created extensively on art works in the interactive art field, and has been active in a wide range of fields such as directing in the public and commercial space, design of exhibit products, and joint project with companies and universities. Her projects have been featured in many different locations both domestically and internationally including Ars Electronica (Austria), SIGGRAPH (USA), Centre Pompidou (France) and Japan Media Arts Festival (Japan).


Speakers: Daito Manabe (JP), Emiko Ogawa (JP/AT), Kyoko Kunoh (JP)
Moderator: Nami Fujitani (JP)