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

TOKYO GARDEN / Exhibition

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Air on Air

Yasuaki Kakehi (JP), Daisuke Akatsuka (JP), Juri Fujii (JP), Yoshimori Yoshikawa (JP), Joung Min Han (KR)

“Air on Air” is an online interactive installation using soap bubbles. Through a browser, viewers would look at a website that reflects the sky over a distant land. When they blow on the screen, the "breath" is transmitted through the microphone as data via the Internet, and physical soap bubbles are emitted in real-time to the land in response. The soap bubbles filled with their own "breath" dance through the air and then disappear. These little bubbles appear in the air as an evidence of its presence, also becomes an access to connect the viewer and the far away land. Moreover, the crowds of soap bubbles released from multiple machines will guide to (re)acknowledge the others.
Director’s message
We live in an age where information can be transformed into various forms, and AI will evolve by analyzing this data, and this will change the times. What does this bring to us? What does it feel like to transform information and then revert it back to the original information? Perhaps our senses and sensibilities will be expanded by experiencing the sensation of breathing on a bubble somewhere in the world that will be reborn. I invite you to experience this experimental experiment.

© Yasuaki Kakehi

Air on Air
Yasuaki Kakehi (JP), Daisuke Akatsuka (JP), Juri Fujii (JP), Yoshimori Yoshikawa (JP), Joung Min Han (KR)

  • © Yasuaki Kakehi

  • © Yasuaki Kakehi

  • © Yasuaki Kakehi

  • Yasuaki Kakehi (JP)

    Kakehi is an artist and researcher working in the fields of media art and Human Computer Interaction. His research focuses on the creation of artworks and interfaces that provide interaction with various physical materials and phenomena through a computational approach to change in behavior, characteristics and interactivity. His work has been presented at exhibitions and conferences such as Ars Electronica and Japan Media Arts Festival, which has also won many awards. Received Ph D. (Interdisciplinary Information Science) from the University of Tokyo in 2007. After working as an associate professor at Keio University, as a visiting associate professor at MIT, and as an artist in the media art unit plaplax, he is now an associate professor at the University of Tokyo.

  • Daisuke Akatsuka (JP)

    While a student at the Tokyo Metropolitan College of Aeronautical Engineering, he sets his sights on becoming a four-wheeled racer, but he gave it up. He became a programmer after working at a buckwheat noodle shop and a welding shop. Akatsuka was selected for the IPA Exploratory Youth (Super Creator) program in 2003 and the IPA Exploratory Software Creation program in 2006. Graduated from the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University in 2011. He is currently working on the development of Developer Tools for the Firefox web browser. He has received the Good Design Award (2008, 2014), the Aiso Award from the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University (2011), Workshop Collection Grand Prize (2015) and more.

  • Juri Fujii (JP)

    Interaction Designer/Researcher
    Born in Tokyo in 1996. After graduating from Keio University Faculty of Policy Management, Fujii has been enrolled in the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo since 2019. She is working on soft interfaces and artworks powered by fluids. Her projects were presented at SXSW and Ars Electronica Festival. In 2020, she will be selected for the Exploratory IT Human Resources Project. Her installation work using physical materials and phenomena were presented at "Waves" (2019) and "Air on Air" (2020).

  • Yoshimori Yoshikawa (JP)

    Yoshikawa is active in creating interactive content and generative visuals. His interactive work "Beeee!" won the best prize in the broadband art category of the BACA-JA Broadband Art & Contents Award Japan 2007. His theme is the expression of comfortable movement through images. As a freelancer, he has done a lot of visual design work with programming, including #emporioarmanisounds and exhibiting at Media Ambition Tokyo 2016.

  • Joung Min Han (KR)

    Born in 1987 in Korea. After graduating from Dongguk University's College of the Arts, Sculpture Department (Korea), he completed the Graduate School of Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS) and has been enrolled in the Doctoral Program of the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University since 2016. His main themes include "non-linear" (2015), "ParaSampling" (2020), and other works and interfaces using magnetic recording and playback technologies. He has also participated in the creation of installations using physical materials and phenomena, such as "Waves" (2019) and "Air on Air" (2020). In addition to this, he is also active as a designer, creating videos and graphics for various music artists.

Artists: Yasuaki Kakehi, Daisuke Akatsuka, Juri Fujii, Yoshimori Yoshikawa, Joung Min Han
Special Thanks: Wataru Date, Yasuaki Kakehi Lab., The University of Tokyo