Laboratory for New Media 1st Exhibition “The Artistic Researchers”

Unlike regular exhibits, the Laboratory for New Media does not limit exhibition purposes since it is composed of a space constructed using a portable exhibition wall (media wall) that possesses highly versatile and innovative characteristics. It is designed with simplicity yet possesses amazing functionality that enables the free creation of new space as it can reflect visitor responses in addition to changing its layout and the exhibits based on changing visitor needs, and advanced information science and technology.On the occasion of the opening of the Laboratory for New Media, an exhibit titled “The Artistic Researchers: The 1st Exhibition” will be held from April 24 (Thu.) through August 31 (Sun.), 2008.We will introduce the world of “Device Art” created from the fusion of art, technology, and science that challenges the conventional foundation of traditional art.

Floating Eye(2001)

The "floating eye" provides an out-of-the-ordinary experience in which your eye leaves your body and floats in space. When your head enters the spherical display, your field of view switches to the airship above and leaves you looking down upon yourself. This mysterious sensation will probably give you a new awareness about the existence of your own body. By maneuvering the airship with the cord attached to it, and walking around with the dome screen, you ought to be able to get the feeling of the faint airflow above your head.


These are no ordinary teddy bears. Move the bear before you and the bear on the screen will move in the same way. These teddies are in fact robots - the RobotPHONE - that can serve as the controller for an air hockey game, and acts as a telephone expressing body and hand gestures. In this way, RobotPHONE comes up with ideas for new types of communication using robots.

Saccade-based Display(2007)

The saccade-based display can show two-dimensional images only when the eyes are moving. The human unconsciously makes rapid eye movements toward the direction he/she wants to look. The eye movements, called "saccades", are performed several times a second, and they can be used to generate full-color and two-dimensional images using only a single line of flickering light.

Telescope for Viewing the Skies(2006)

Using a paper telescope, take a look at the monitor screen above, upon which nothing appears to be projected.

Morpho Tower(2006)

Liquid thorns in a sawtooth form climb up the front surface of a helical tower and spin, defying gravity. The jet-black liquid is actually a magnetorheological fluid. It has magnetic particles dispersed in an oleaginous solution so that its shape can be retained or altered as desired using magnetic fields. Shapes modeled using a dynamically pulsing liquid with a shifting, subtle texture generate a new sense of vitality and open up new forms of artistic expression using advanced materials.

Knock! Music Program(2007)

The Knock! Music Program offers a way to play with musical instruments (devices) that are capable of providing the Knock! music experience. It is a program for phased learning about technological evolution and digital technology. The stage of development at each step corresponds to a historical advance in technology, so that users naturally retrace that progress in the course of experiencing the program.


When we engage in communication, we try to understand the intended message of the other party by associating the content of the conversation with phenomena of other sensations such as facial expressions (vision) and voice (hearing). That is why we unconsciously tie things together in this way, even if they didn't originally belong together. Will you be able to convey your feelings using this telephone?

3D Display Cube(2006)

James Clar
This 3D display creates not stereoscopic parallax imagery but true 3D imagery without the need for glasses or moving parts. A spatial dot is created from the white light of an LED in a fixed spatial position. 1000 of these are built into a free-standing structure which can replicate 3D animations from the computer.

Term April 24 (Thu.), 2008 – August 31 (Sun.), 2008