LOVE STORIES -Why you are not alone.

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PROLOGUE: WHY YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

6.8 billion humans, 2 million kinds of genes, countless cultures, only one combination: Slide shows of various couples' pictures illustrate contemporary love, to start the exhibition with more interest into the question of "Why you are not alone".


CHAPTER 1: THE STORY OF LIFE FORMS IN LOVE

Passage 1: Chaotic world

It is not just man and woman in this world: Diversity of gender is introduced with examples of various living forms; clownfish and cleaner wrasse, paramecium bursaria, snails, alligators and turtles, drosophila fly, and chlamydomonas.


Passage 2: Parting for encounters

What is the origin of romance? We "separated for the sake of meeting."
1. Birth of the sexes: Embraces of man and woman, of egg and sperm, and of chromosomes
2. Man and woman, going separate ways: fertilization and the sex chromosome. We are all female at first, to become a man; sex hormones and brain
3. For new encounters: Markers notched into man and woman -genome imprinting


Passage 3: Seduction -attracting a partner

Strategies of various organisms to attract one's best possible partner, the love of life forms, eventually to preserve the species; anglerfish, butterfly's wings, elephant seal's body and deer's antlers, peacock males, hanging fly, male satin bowerbird, courtship dancing songs of whales and birds, and humans.


CHAPTER 2: THE STORY OF HOME-SAPIENS IN LOVE

Through time and space - when the pre-humans become human beings

Leaving behind something other than genes "Grandmother effect" is a hypothesis in which those who have completed reproductive activities can advance the entire species by handing down their knowledge and culture.


CHAPTER3: THE STORY OF HUMAN BEINGS IN LOVE

To be in touch with one's heart -weaving words for love

How to tell and what to tell: The history of communication methods is the history of our romance. Ex. emergence of an eraser, SOS transmission, birth of musical scale do-re-mi, mobile phone.


EPILOGUE: THE END OF THE BEGINNING

Our future Love Stories: Latest technologies are introduced to question the audience how they might change their love stories in the future.


1. Life: Do we need both sexes for creating baby?

Introduction of the recent reproduction technologies; nucleus transplantation: cloned mouse and parthenogenetic mouse


2. Information Technology: Machine can control our emotional feelings


3. Art Products: Visitors can experience the feelings of excitement of love.


Date :
April 23 - August 15, 2005
Venue :
1F Event Zone, Miraikan
Admission Fee :
Adults: 900 yen, 18 years old and under: 350 yen
(Groups 800 yen/ 300 yen
Planning and Producing :
Scientific Advisors: Fumitoshi Ishino (Professor of the Medical Research Institute of Tokyo Medical and Dental University), Yasuo Sakuma (Professor of the Department of Physiology and Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Program of the Nippon Medical School), Mariko Hasegawa (Professor of the School of Political Science and Economics of Waseda University), Daisuke Yamamoto (Tohoku University, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Professor)
Space Designed by: Hashimoto Yukio Design Studio
Art Direction & Designed by: Tatsuya Ariyama
Photograph: Yoichi Nagano
Art products: Takeshi Ishiguro
Music: Michiharu Shimoda (Silent Poets)
Fabric design by: Yoko Ando (NUNO)
Lighting direction by: Masanobu Takeishi (ICE)
Image and interface design by: Takashi Yamaguchi
Animation: 6nin
Sponsored by :
Miraikan
Contact :
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)
2-41 Aomi Koto-ku Tokyo, 135-0064
tel 03-3570-9151
fax 03-3570-9150
URL http://www.miraikan.jst.go.jp/

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