[artinfo] device art, kitchen.hu, Budapest

by way of Janos Sugar czegledy at interlog.com
Wed Sep 9 02:35:07 CEST 2009

10th September, 2009, kitchen.hu, Budapest
Device Art: A Japanese Approach to Media Art

10 am - 1 pm:	gadget workshop Marton Juhasz & Barbara Sterk

3-5 pm:		Art, Design and Technology round table
pecha kucha introductions,
discussion moderated  by Nina Czegledy
Respondent Erkki Huhtamo

6 pm:		Welcome Japanese Culture Center/ Counsul

6.15 pm:		Machiko Kusahara, Professor Wasada University, Tokyo

Exhibition throughout the day - staying up for a 1-2 weeks): selected 
works from the MAP (Japan Media Arts Festival) Eszter to contact Ms. 

Device Art: A Japanese Approach to Media Art

What is Device Art?  It is a Japanese project that explores new ways 
of bridging art, design, technology, science and entertainment. 
Partly sculpture, partly gadgets, partly toys, Device Art, allows 
artists to develop objects that are precisely crafted, mass produced, 
and guided more by artistic concepts than a corporate brand or 
marketing position. Most importantly Device Art physically engages 
and creates a new relationship with its audience. ARS Electronica in 
2009 features Device Art - confirming the importance and global 
upsurge of Device Art events including the Device Art celebration in 
kitchen.hu, Budapest on September 10, 2009.

According to Machiko Kusahara, who originally coined the term ?Device 
Art?: ?Works by the team members vary from Maywa Denki's funny 
gadgets to Hiroo Iwata's Robot Tile (currently shown at the Milano 
Salone 2009) and Kazuhiko Hachiya's functioning "personal" jet glider 
inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's animation film. In theorizing the nature 
of Device Art elements of Japanese culture, such as the importance of 
"tools", the appreciation of playfulness, the continuity between art 
and entertainment, and the importance of popular culture become key 

Following a morning workshop at the kitchen.hu an international round 
table discussion is planned on ??  (screening)

In the early evening Machiko Kusahara's keynote lecture will 
introduce the concept of Device Art and discuss questions it raises, 
illustrated by a wide selection of examples by Japanese artists and 

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