Mauro Arrighi

Techno-animism, visual poetry and irony

Artist, researcher at the Ars Electronica and co-founder of h.o project, Hideaki Ogawa focuses his work on the applied creativity, which seeks innovative applications through combinations of art and technology responding to social needs. Creating interaction with the roots of the Japanese culture with the advent of new media... READ MORE...

Masahiro Kobayashi introducing IAMAS Institute

On Sunday 26th of July 2015, I had the pleasure of meeting Masahiro Kobayashi, Professor and Library Director of IAMAS (The Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences) at the Open House event. Kobayashi was involved in the event, supervising it and giving a series of short open lectures at the library.... READ MORE...

Detached from yourself. Therefore Under Control – Part 2

One peculiar aspect concerning the use of technology formulated by Japanese artists it is shown by the constant interplay between the oneiric (relating to dreams) and science-fiction alike worlds depicted both by Japanese and American novelists and the content and/or the technique deployed in the artworks. The fictional, technological-empowered and otherworldly novels are taken as a main reference in Electronic Art; or are it true the other way round?... READ MORE...

Detached From Yourself. Thus Under Control – Part 1

The present essay is meant to clarify todayís condition of new-media art in Japan. The reader may wonder if nowadays new-media art Japanese artists are the same as their western counterparts. If this is not the case then: are they aware of being operating on a different layer than their colleagues?... READ MORE...

Urban Escapism – Part 2. Sound Lens, Rhabdomancy By Toshio Iwai

As we had seen in the first part of this essay, published on the last month issue - Digimag 69, the work of Toshio Iwai lies beneath two major worldviews: holism and reductionism; Allison on this regard writes: 'Whereas other scholars such as Max Weber argued that modernity brought rationalization, Benjamin thought that under the surface of rationality the urban-industrial world had become reenchanted on an unconscious level... READ MORE...

Urban Escapism – Part 1. The Thousand Lights Of Tokyo’s Streets

Toshio Iwai, born in Japan in 1962, has been internationally defined as a new-media artist. In the following pages, I will address one of his experiments, Sound-Lens , which he made in 2001, when he was 39. Following this piece, a couple of Japanese contemporary authors are offering a totally new point of view of Tokyo through the everyday's unseen: Iwai is one of these explorers.... READ MORE...

New Media Art In Japan. Hideaki Ogawa And The Device Art

Hideaki Ogawa, graduated with a doctorate degree from the prestigious KEIO University of Tokyo, teacher in the Interface Culture degree program at the Linz Universit, co-founder and artistic director of the Studio h.o. in Tokyo, researcher at Ars Electronica Future Lab and member of the Device Art movent s in my opinion of those authors who represent the emblematic dualism which Sumitomo Fumihiko talked about earleir.... READ MORE...