“Open Space” – Media Art et al. in Tokyo

“Open Space” is an exhibition introducing works of media art and other forms of artistic expression born out of today’s media environments, to a broad audience. On display along with explanatory notes that help understanding the respective pieces are leading works from the realm of media art, artworks incorporating cutting-edge technologies, works with a critical standpoint, and in addition, projects that are currently in progress at various research institution. Next to presenting works to view and enjoy, the exhibition was conceived as an occasion for visitors to think about backgrounds and contexts such as today’s diversified forms of media and communication, problems in contemporary society, future prospects, and in addition, new sensibilities and aesthetics.

In the year of the 20th anniversary of the opening of ICC, the 12th installment in the series, titled “Open Space 2017: Re-envisioning the Future” and themed around creating new future visions, looks back on the past two decades, while at once reflecting on what kind of future we might be able to propose for the decades to come.

Also on the schedule during the exhibition period are a number of related programs including talk sessions, lectures, symposia and workshops with artists and experts, as well as guided tours around the exhibits with explanations by the curatorial staff.

Here’s the ICC outline of of our favorite wok, nor’s “Herering”:

“Equipped with a device, visitors operate in an invisible color circle with saturation (horizontal) and brightness (vertical) dimensions installed in a three-dimensional space, and generate sounds and imagery by interacting with the obtained positional information.
This audiovisual installation is themed on the synesthesia of sound and color, based on control experiments* that Herbert Sidney LANGFELD carried out in the early 1900s related to so-called chromesthesia, a perceptual phenomenon in which music and sounds one hears evoke sensations of colors. Synesthesia is a special kind of perceptual phenomenon in which certain types of stimulation are perceived by different senses, as can be observed in some people who sense colors from letters, numbers or sounds, or tastes from shapes.
While experiencing a space constructed so that all events in it are mutually related, the visitor is at once a key element in the creation of the work itself. The environment within the space is designed to produce limitless combinations of sounds and colors according to visitors’ individual movements, resulting in richly and complexly layered textures of sounds and colors that stimulate the visitor’s senses to understand the phenomenon of synesthesia.”


Yui Onodera demonstrating nor’s ICC installation “Herering”, Tokyo July 2017.

Planner / Creative Director: FUKUCHI Makoto
Hardware Engineer: NAKANE Satoshi
Software Engineer: MATSUYAMA Shuhei
Sound Producer: ONODERA Yui
Architect / Experience Designer: ITAGAKI Kazuhiro
Communication Designer: KAWAMATA Satoshi
Producer / Project Manager: HAYASHI Shigeyoshi