Device Art in KIBU

2009/09/10 - 10:00 - 2009/09/17 - 17:00

Kitchen Budapest is organizing a Japanese Device Art program in Budapest for showing and promoting the Japanese Art, Design and Technology in Hungary. We invited Nina Czegledy, the freelance curator to make an exhibition and a screening program with Japanese participants and KIBU is making a workshop with the above topic.

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 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 issues.” 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 designers.

The program:

Device Art: A Japanese Approach to Media Art or Art, Design and Technology

Lectures and workshop: 10th September, 2009.
Screening: 10th - 17th September.

10 AM - 1 PM: Effect Effect - Circuit bending gadgets workshop by Barbara Sterk and Márton András Juhász (KIBU)

3-5 pm: Round table: moderator Nina Czegledy (HU/Canada)
Respondent: Erkki Huhtamo (US), Machiko Kusahara (Japan), Marcus Neustatter (South Africa), Stephen Hobbs (South Africa), Claudio Rivera-Seguel (Chile/Canada), Matt Rotto (Canada), Bettina Schuelke (Austria)

6 PM: Opening speech by Mr. Yuji AMAMIYA, Counsellor (Deputy Head of the Japan Delegation)

6.15 PM: Machiko Kusahara lecture: A Japanese Approach to Media Art or Art

Exhibition place: 10th-17th September
The excellence works program of Japan Media Arts Festival from 2008 and 2009.

The Japan Media Arts Festival is the official program of MAP (Media Arts Plaza)

This event was created by Machiko Kusahara, Nina Czeglédy, Attila Nemes and Eszter Bircsák

The event is supported by Bambuszliget Restaurant.

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