Data Art & Science Project / Ars Electronica Futurelab (AT), Toyota Coniq Alpha (JP), Akiko Nakayama (JP), Quadrature (DE), Akira Wakita (JP), @DEEP SPACE 8K Photo: tom mesic

Data Art & Science Project

Ars Electronica Futurelab (AT), Toyota Coniq Alpha (JP), Akiko Nakayama (JP), Quadrature (DE), Akira Wakita (JP)


“Data science,” the exploration of its use, and “data scientists,” who specialize in this field, are becoming increasingly important: to discuss what data is for, who it is for in the first place, whom data belongs to, and who can connect this new shared value to solutions for various social issues.

The Ars Electronica Futurelab, in collaboration with Toyota Coniq Alpha in Japan, envision “Data Art & Science,” a new interdisciplinary field incorporating artistic perspectives for future transformation based on data science.

In this project, we collaborate with artists and data scientists to prototype projects that embody Data Art & Science using the Ars Electronica Center’s immersive environment, Deep Space 8K. Through this process, we will research a curriculum for learning in this area. Based on the results of this research, we plan to design an educational program in collaboration with universities that have data science faculty, and conduct a demonstration experiment.


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Toyota Coniq Alpha (JP)

Toyota Conic Alpha is a group company of Toyota Motor Corporation. It creates new system and business by promoting digital transformation in the retail domain.

Akiko Nakayama (JP)

Akiko Nakayama (b. in 1988) is a painter who depicts the beauty of conveying energy metamorphosis through several media such as installation, videos, and performance. She brings the painting to life by combining the energy of movement and the vibrance of colors. Called “Alive Painting.” She depicts the resonance between shapes and textures using different types of liquids, each with a unique characteristic. Various mediums and colors are blended, and the works that change lively are like improvisational poetry. MULTIPLICA Festival Luxembourg(2023), JAX festival Riyadh(2022), MUTEK Montreal (2019), Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony.

Quadrature (DE)

Quadrature’s artistic research focuses on data and physical experiments. The Berlin based artist duo understands technology as means to read and write realities. Together they pursues a transdisciplinary approach, using various media such as time-based performance and installation as well as classical sculptural and two-dimensional works. For some years, the members Juliane Götz, Sebastian Neitsch and formerly Jan Bernstein (until 2016), have won several awards and scholarships for their artistic practice, including recognition by the Prix Ars Electronica in 2015 and 2018, scholarships from the Kunstfonds Bonn, Akademie Schloss Solitude and LaBecque, as well as a fellowship from PODIUM Esslingen and the Hertz-lab of the ZKM Karlsruhe (Centre of Art and Media). Their works are shown around the world in various festivals and exhibitions.

Akira Wakita (JP)

Akira Wakita creates works that update the way we see the world by visualizing/auralizing/materializing forces that exist in front of us but cannot be perceived. His works have been exhibited at Ars Electronica Center, RedBull Music Festival, Mutek, WRO Art Center, SIGGRAPH, Kiyoharu Art Colony, Japan Media Arts Festival, Miraikan, Any Tokyo, etc. He is a professor at the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University. Ph.D.(Media and Governance).