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MeCA | Media Culture in Asia: A Transnational Platform

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Tickets for the Art Exhibition and Music Program are currently on sale!
Purchase your tickets from the links below (peatix website in Japanese).
Art Exhibition: https://meca.peatix.com/
Music Program: https://mecamusic.peatix.com/

As part of ref:now—toward a new media culture in asia, which comprehensively showcases contemporary media culture and creativity through art, exchange, education, and collaboration, the Japan Foundation Asia Center and TodaysArt JAPAN / AACTOKYO present Media Culture in Asia: A Transnational Platform (MeCA), a comprehensive showcase of new media and digital culture in Asia, running from February 9th to February 18th, 2018.

Platform for new media and digital culture in Asia

MeCA focuses on the rapidly developing creative scene in Asia, encouraging exchange and partnerships within the emerging generation of talent in the region through an art exhibition, music program, workshops, talks, and an international symposium. As the first fully comprehensive event of its kind in Japan to examine digital creativity through the frameworks of art, music, and education, it will take place in Harajuku, Omotesando, and Shibuya—areas with established reputations as birthplaces for exciting new culture—and produce a platform firmly rooted in the global scene.

Highlights

  1. Japan's first platform-style international event about new media and digital culture
  2. Wide range of programs and events across six categories
  3. Brings together approximately 60 leading artists and experts from around Asia

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Programs

1. Art Exhibition

MeCA Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani
Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani, waterstate 1, 2013
Photo: Ryuishi Nakao (YCAM)
Photo Credit: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
MeCA Norimichi Hirakawa《datum》2017年
Norimichi Hirakawa, datum, 2016 (reference)

Including artworks shown publicly in Japan for the first time, this exhibition introduces artistic practice that creatively harnesses digital technology. It brings together various examples of new media art produced in different regions, from work commissioned by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM], an art center in south Japan, to WSK: Festival of the Recently Possible, a leading presence in the field in Southeast Asia, the Japanese-French joint festival Digital Choc, and the French events Biennale Némo and Scopitone. Alongside large-scale installations, the exhibition presents encounters with a wide range of practice employing diverse forms of media.

Artists
Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani (Japan)
Norimichi Hirakawa (Japan)
Guillaume Marmin and Philippe Gordiani (France)
Couch (Japan)
Bani Haykal (Singapore)
and more (approx. 10 groups)

Time & Date
February 9 (Friday) - 18th (Sunday), 2018
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(open until 5 p.m. on last day)

Venues
OMOTESANDO HILLS SPACE O Access
4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001 google map

Laforet Museum Harajuku Access
1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001 google map

Admission fee (incl. tax)
Early Bird (Advance sale) All-day-pass = 1,000 yen
* Limited availability (500 tickets)
* Multiple admissions allowed during event period.
One-day-pass = 1,000 yen
All-day-pass = 1,800 yen (Multiple admissions allowed during event period)
*Admission Free under Middle school student

2. Music Program

MeCA [Left]tofubeats[right]KIMOKAL
[Left]tofubeats[right]KIMOKAL

The music program comprises two parts: a program exploring trends in music culture since the emergence of the Internet, and a program showcasing sound and video art created with digital technology. As MeCA’s opening program, it will feature an all-night series of events across two venues.

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Program Director
tomad (Head of Maltine Records /Japan)

Artists
tofubeats (Japan)
Meishi Smile (U.S.)
similarobjects (The BuwanBuwan Collective / Philippines)
KIMOKAL (Indonesia)
and more.

Alternative SOUND + VISION (WWW)

Artists
Morton Subotnick (U.S.)
Lillevan (Germany)
Alec Empire (Germany)
Jacques (France)
and more.

Time & Date
February 9 (Friday), 2018
9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (February 10)
(Doors open: 8 p.m.)

Venues
WWW, WWW X (Shibuya) Access
RISE Bldg,13-17 Udagawa,Shibuya,Tokyo 150-0041 google map

Admission fee (incl. tax)
Early bird ticket (Advance ticket) = 3,000yen (Plus one drink)
* Limited availability (100 tickets)
Advance Sale = 3,500yen (Plus one drink)
On-day-ticket = 4,500yen (Plus one drink)
*Free one drink for MeCA Art Exhibition pass holders at reception desk
*Admission to the music program is restricted to those aged 20 and above.
*All visitors are required to show a photo ID to gain admission.

3. Education Program

MeCA Education Program
Education Program "Eye2Eye" / Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
Photo: Ryuichi Maruo (YCAM)
Photo Credit: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]

Offering the chance to learn about creativity in the network society through the key concepts of "society," "body," and "media technology," MeCA's education program is aimed at fourth-grade elementary school students and older.

Dates:
February 10th (Saturday), 2018
February 12th (Monday), 2018
February 17th (Saturday), 2018
February 18th (Sunday), 2018
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.(two sessions per day) .

Fee: 500 yen (reservations required)

Cooperation
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
Lifepatch

*Visit the MeCA Official Website for details on the venues and reservation.

4. Related Events (Talks, Gallery Tours)

Other events include talks with participating artists and experts as well as guided tours of the exhibition. Further information will be announced on the MeCA Official Website at a later date.

Tickets

Purchase your tickets to Art Exhibition and Music Program from the following links!
Art Exhibition: meca.peatix.com
Music Program: mecamusic.peatix.com

Events Details

↓MeCA Flyer Click to Enlarge (PDF: 353kb)

 Flyer MeCA l Media Culture in Asia: A Transnational Platform

MeCA | Media Culture in Asia: A Transnational Platform

Dates February 9 (Friday) to 18 (Sunday), 2018 [10 days in total]
Venues OMOTESANDO HILLS SPACE O
Laforet Museum Harajuku
Red Bull Studios Tokyo
WWW, WWW X
and more
Organizers The Japan Foundation Asia Center
TodaysArt JAPAN / AACTOKYO
Special
Cooperation
OMOTESANDO HILLS
Laforet Harajuku
Digital Choc/Institut français du Japon - Tokyo
Sponsor Excite Japan Co., Ltd.
Cooperation Goethe-Institut Tokyo
Media
Partners
J-WAVE
The Asahi Shimbun

MeCA OfficialWebsite
MeCAOfficial Website