ICC, the Intercommunication Center in Tokyo, has opened an “ABC of media art” exhibition: Art meets Media :adventures in perception. The selection of pieces is amazingly good: Blast Theory’s Can you see me now?, Toshio Iwai’s Seven Memories of Media Technology, Ryoji Ikeda’s db, etc. (Via JeanSnow.)
The visitor enters a seemingly natural situation. S/he sits down at a table where lies a virtual picture book, the pages of which show one item each in images and letters, such as a picture of an apple and “apple” written next to it. When the visitor touches the apple, someone bites into it, accompanied by the sound of biting into an apple; when touching the picture of a door the door of the actual space opens, and a lifesize smiling child appears in it; touching a lamp switches on the actual desk lamp.
In Beyond Pages, Fujihata refers to technology�s potential for shaping valuable content with fantasy, concentration, and curiosity, reminding us of the original functions of books: plays in the sphere of cognition and imagination.
The exhibit runs till March 21.