From June 11 (Sat.), "Tearoom of Zero/One ‒ Device Art Collection" will be held in Miraikan's 3F Exhibition Space, "Information Science and Technology for Society."

Tearoom of Zero/One ‒ Device Art Collection

Tearoom of Zero/One ‒ Device Art Collection features seven works from among those works exhibited by the Laboratory for New Media over the three years from the 1st Exhibition to the 8th Exhibition. They will be exhibited together with the research results obtained by the Laboratory for New Media during the exhibition period.

Exhibition Outline

Robot Tiles
Robot Tiles

* Term
June 11 (Sat.), 2011 to the Spring of 2013 (scheduled for two years)

* Organizers
Miraikan, Japan Science and Technology Agency's (JST) Core Research of Evolutional Science & Technology (CREST) project ("The Creation and Development of Expressive Technology in Device Art")

* Supervisor
Hiroo Iwata (Professor, Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba)

This exhibition positions digital art as a "new industrial art for a digital age" and these works from eight "Artistic Researchers" embody this concept. The venue takes as its motif "tea-ceremony house," where one typically sees and handles a variety of Japanese arts and crafts. This unique space is designed to allow the visitors to enjoy a wide variety of works in a more interactive way.

"The Creation and Development of Expressive Technology in Device Art" by Dr. Hiroo Iwata, which is one of JST's CREST projects, has been highly praised for the activities conducted at Miraikan to promote and educate visitors on device art. It was awarded the 2011 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Content of the Exhibition

Robot Tiles

Hiroo Iwata(Professor, Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba)
The robot tiles slide in the opposite direction to which the person is walking, meaning he or she can continue walking indefinitely in the virtual teahouse garden.

Mermaid in the Window

Kazuhiko Hachiya(media artist)
This work utilizes the principal that "even when there is physical light, the brain will not see some images." When visitors pause in front of a water tank, a mermaid materializes in the water before them.


Ryota Kuwakubo(artist)
Nicodama are gadgets that mimic the human eyeball (small objects with installed technology). When two Nicodama are lined up, they start fluttering their eyelids and blinking; when attached to daily items they look as though they have acquired facial expressions.

Saccade Display

Hideyuki Ando(researcher into the interface between sense and movement systems; Associate Professor, Graduate School of Information, Science and Technology, Osaka University)
Junji Watanabe(researcher into perceptions, NTT Communication Science Laboratories)
Tetsutoshi Tabata(auteur)
Maria Adriana Verdaasdonk(artist and researcher)
A work on the theme of "sight." The saccade display uses the ocular movements performed unconsciously by human beings (the Saccade phenomenon). It projects a two dimensional color picture through a single flickering light array. Observers will see the vivid image only in the instant in which they move their eyes.

Optical Camouflage

Masahiko Inami(Professor, School of Media Design, Keio University)
A technology that optically camouflages objects. A video camera takes a shot of the background of an object and displays it on its front using an external projector, making it seemingly transparent.

Book Marimba

Nobumichi Tosa(artist)
He uses computer-controls technology and a "knocker," which makes knocking sounds using the power of electromagnetism, to create a diverse range of melodies.

Planet Series

Sachiko Kodama(artist; Associate Professor, University of Electro-Communications)
This small-scale work utilizes Ferrofluid, a state-of-the-art material invented by NASA. The artist creates closed, planet-like worlds by enclosing the material in glass.