As part of "Earth Camp 2014" Miraikan is hosting a special speech by Mr. Gerfried Stocker who has been the artistic director of Ars Electronica Linz since 1995. "Earth Camp 2014" is an event that consists of various activities whose target is to make everyone think about the future of the Earth from diverse perspectives. This year's theme is "the change of the city" which influences greatly the Earth in a big scale.
It has been said about Ars Electronica that it is a unique platform for exploring, discussing, tracking, and analyzing the interrelation between art, technology, and society. The rapid pace of technological innovation has profound implications for culture and society, and Ars Electronica has been working to integrate developments in technology with art and society to the benefit of all.
The annual Ars Electronica Festival is an annual gathering of artists, scientists and technologists, intended as a setting for experimentation, evaluation and reinvention. The festival has always exerted a public presence in Linz, mounting large-scale open-air projects and holding lectures, discussions and workshops in a wide range of public venues.
Mr. Stocker, through his experience of directing the Ars Electronica Festiva in Linz, will be talking about the interrelations of art, technology and the city and his vision for the future of Tokyo.
※Simultaneous English-Japanese interpretation available.
Gerfried STOCKER (Ars Electronica Artistic Director)
Gerfried Stocker is a media artist and telecommunications engineer. In 1991, he founded x-space, a team formed to carry out interdisciplinary projects, which went on to produce numerous installations and performances featuring elements of interaction, robotics and telecommunications. Since 1995, Gerfried Stocker has been artistic director of Ars Electronica. In 1995-96, he headed the crew of artists and technicians that developed the Ars Electronica Center's pioneering new exhibition strategies and set up the facility's in-house R&D department, the Ars Electronica Futurelab.
He has been chiefly responsible for conceiving and implementing the series of international exhibitions that Ars Electronica has staged since 2004, and, beginning in 2005, for the planning and thematic repositioning of the new, expanded Ars Electronica Center.