November 19 (Tue), 19:00-
Communication has so far been considered linguistically. However, with the advancement of technology, boundaries between nations and peoples have become increasingly ambiguous. This has led to body and visual language to become increasingly important in addition to verbal language. Moreover, there is a new phenomenon of people connecting non-hierarchically over social media to autonomously put forward a message as a crowd, causing a movement to emerge that forces society to respond. What lies beyond social media? What are we going to communicate and how? How will the way we do that change?
Moderator Naoki Ono (creative director; product designer), head of design studio YOY and editor-in-chief of Kohkoku published by Hakuhodo, will think about the future of communicating with mmm (interpreter) who explores the potentials of sensory expression, and Takeshi Otaka (Head, Motion Gallery; Co-Head, POPcorn), who runs Motion Gallery, a crowd funding platform specializing on creative projects.
Exploring the possibilities of perceptual expression through experimental considerations and production of perception and behavior, mmm and sound artist Kenta Tanaka composed an imaginary soundscape for “altag”, a system in which objects are tagged with sounds for this exhibition.
Born 1981 in Osaka. After graduating from the architecture course at the Faculty of Engineering Design, Kyoto Institute of Technology, he joined Hakuhodo where he worked as spatial designer and copy writer before establishing the creative team “monom.” Besides his activities within Hakuhodo, Ono founded the design studio YOY with product designer Yuki Yamamoto to work on furniture, lighting and interior design. He has received numerous awards including the Excellence Prize at Japan Media Arts Festival, Good Design Award Best 100, Gold Award at the Kukan Design Award, and Grand Prize at Japan Sign Design Award. He has been appointed as part-time lecturer at Musashino Art Univerity in 2015, and as editor-in-chief of Kohkoku, the magazine published by Hakuhodo, in 2019.
Head, Motion Gallery
Curator, Art Sightama 2020
Born 1983. After graduating from the School of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University, he joined a foreign-affiliated consulting firm, working on business strategy formulation and new business launches as a strategic consultant. He subsequently entered the graduate school of the Tokyo University of the Arts, and later established the crowd funding platform Motion Gallery in 2011 feeling the need to construct a better relationship between creative projects and funds. The platform has so far supported the funding of more than two billion yen. His work was recognized as one of Good Design Best 100 in 2015. In 2017, he established the platform POPcorn that allows anyone to invent a movie theater in their own localities. He works to engender times in which everyone comes together in special places by smoothly connecting places, people, and films around Japan. He is also active in other diverse fields. In the field of contemporary art, he has been appointed as curator for Art Sightama 2020. In film, he works as producer for the moving image production label Motiongallery Studio. The first feature-length film Lust in a Karaoke Box was selected for the Japanese Cinema Splash section at the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival.