9. -13. September 2020


What is the benefit of an online festival?
How we can utilize this unfortunate but unique opportunity?
TOKYO GARDEN will be a place where we exhibit current Japanese artists’ works, but, will also be a chance 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.

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


Date and Time:
Part 1: Thu. 10.9.2020, 11:30 -14:00 (CEST), 18:30-21:00 (JST)
Part 2: Thu. 10.9.2020, 14:00-17:00 (CEST), 21:00-24:00 (JST)

SUPER DOMMUNE tuned by au5G Presents “TOKYO REAL”

Part 1: DOMMUNE Presents Anatomical Tables of EI WADA
Naohiro Ukawa (JP), Ei Wada (JP)

Talk: Naohiro Ukawa (JP), Seiichi Saito (JP)
Performance: Fuyuki Yamakawa (JP), ZVIZMO / Tentenko (JP), Atsuhiro Ito (JP)

In the past, infectious disease pandemics have had a history-changing impact on humanity. However, the current corona epidemic differs from previous global pandemics in that it took place in a rapidly deepening information society driven by globalization, and as the infection spread, it revealed a landscape of infodemics, reminiscent of Japan's isolation during the Edo period. And entertainment rapidly began to seek freedom in the online world.
Host of DOMMUNE, Japan's first live-streaming studio, which opened in 2010 after a series of experimental transmissions since 2009, Ukawa has spent the last 10 years showing the real Tokyo through his programming. The filming/distribution/documentation of DOMMUNE, which he describes as having transformed the entire world into DOMMUNE, has been a pioneering VJ since 1988, and he considers DOMMUNE's filming/distribution/documentation to be a work of his own "Currently an Artist," as neither the modern nor the contemporary has been able to keep up with the speed of his work. This time, Ukawa and Seiichi Saito of Rhizomatiks, who has been holding talk shows and other events since 2009 and has been organizing online talk and DJ events "STAYING TOKYO" and "PLAYING TOKYO" this year, will participate in the ARS SPECIAL Super Talk Session. He talks about Japanese entertainment since the COVID19 pandemic. In collaboration with Japan's leading alternative label BLACK SMOKER RECORDS, we will also present a live performance by Fuyuki Yamakawa and ZVIZMO. In addition, the long awaited "Anatomical Tables of EI WADA", a program that sums up the entire history of the Ars Electronica's activities in Japan, will also be streamed! This is indeed what we call "EXTREME REAL TOKYO", a 5 hour and 30 minute DOMMUNE program! It is a must see!

Thank you for watching our program. Part 1 and Part2 will be shown here in the archives of ARS ELECTRONICA YouTube channel.
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Director’s message
Created by artist Naohiro Ukawa, DOMMUNE has been running for over 10 years and has been fusing academia, music, entertainment and art together in a live setting. This experimentation, methodology and way of creating online shows has influenced many people around the world and has been a big influence in the various online developments at Covid-19. The Ars Special, in which DOMMUNE will present a deep and wide range of stories live, is open to the whole world to watch and think together and enjoy.










    SUPER DOMMUNE tuned by au 5G (JP)

    Freeing himself from the existing frameworks of fine art and popular culture, Naohiro Ukawa is one of the most unique artists in contemporary Japan to engage in the most free-flowing forms of expression. After "Mixrooffice" (2006-2008) which became the world-renowned project, he turned his office into a club and launched "DOMMUNE" in 2010, Japan's first live streaming studio as a new cultural transmission base for the age of social streams! At the dawn of the social network era, DOMMUNE appeared out of nowhere like the "final media" and boasts an overwhelmingly high quality of programming and viewership among the hundreds of live streaming programs. Even today, when the world has been plunged into the corona crisis and the world has become a total DOMMUNE, it continues to be the most powerful media for post-pandemic action, streaming to the world day and night!

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    Naohiro Ukawa (JP)

    "Currently an Artist”
    Since 1988, he has been actively working as a film director, graphic designer, VJ, writer, curator, and university professor. Since participating in the group exhibitions "Buzz Club: News from Japan" (MoMA PS1, New York) and "JAM:Tokyo-London" (Barbican Art Gallery, London) in 2001, he has shown a number of works in national and international contemporary art exhibitions. In March 2010, he launched DOMMUNE, a live-streaming studio and channel curated by Ukawa himself and has already distributed 5,000 programs and 10,000 hours of programming since its launch. In 2015, he was a jury of Ars Electronica Sound Art category. In 2019, DOMMUNE evolved into "SUPER DOMMUNE" with a prospect on the most avant-garde technology and the future after 5G.

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    Ei Wada (JP)

    Born in 1987. Artist/musician. Ei Wada rebuilds old electric appliances into electronic musical instruments, and creates and exhibits works of art and music performed by new and unique methods. In 2009, he started the group Open Reel Ensemble, which manipulates and plays reel-to-reel tape recorders. The group is involved in a wide range of activities including concert performances, DVD/CD and book publishing, art installations and providing music for movies and catwalk shows. Recently it has begun an ambitious orchestral project using 20 reel-to-reel tape recorders. Also, He has provided music for ISSEY MIYAKE's Paris Collection for 11 consecutive times. He has performed in various locations around the world. His latest project is called "ELECTRONICOS FANTASTICOS!" for which they create electromagnetic musical instruments, orchestra and strange festival using used electrical appliances with the participants.

  • Seiichi Saito (JP)

    Creative Director, Rhizomatiks
    Born in Kanagawa in 1975, Saito began his career in New York in 2000 after graduating from Columbia University with a Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design (MSAAD).
    Since then, he has been active in creative work at the Arnell Group, and returned to Japan upon being selected for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial event.
    He produces works in the commercial art field which are three-dimensional and interactive while also being based on the firm grounding in logical thought that he cultivated through architecture.
    Saito has won numerous international awards since 2009. Launched Rhizomatiks Co.,Ltd. in 2006. Since 2016, he serves as director of Rhizomatiks Architecture.
    Vice Chairman of Good Design Award 2018-19. Creative Adviser of 2020 Dubai Expo Japan pavilion. An expert for the People's Living Lab Promotion Council for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan.

  • Fuyuki Yamakawa (JP)

    Khoomei’ Singer/Performer/Sound Creator
    Born in London, UK in 1973. Lives and works in Tokyo.
    He improvised musical happenings – picks up and amplifies the sound of his heartbeat with an electronic stethoscope. His performance, expressing himself through sound and light, is completely original and powerful, and thus creates a deep resonance to the space as well as to the audience.

  • ZVIZMO / Tentenko (JP), Atsuhiro Ito (JP)

    ZVIZMO is a duo project formed by a OPTRON, a fluorescent light instrument, player Atsuhiro Ito and Tentenko who performs anything from J-pop to noise. They have released a self-titled album from BLACK SMOKER RECORDS in 2017, and contributed a track to a compilation album ALLOPOIETIC FACTOR which was released on Kaoru Sato (EP-4)’s φonon imprint earlier this year.