A robot writing Hebrew on the sand.

From 21st of June to 11th of August, we are exhibiting “Open, Closed, Open” at Jewish Museum Berlin. The artists are Liat Grayver, Yair Kira and Amir Shpilman, who received the DAGESH Art Award to have a solo exhibition at the museum. The installation consists of three components, reactive graphics, robotics and spatial sound, which are created by the three artists, respectively. The title and inspiration are from a poem by Yehuda Amichai, and the piece ingeniously realizes the view of the world as an immersive installation.

This article is also available in Japanese.

We organized Processing Community Day 2019 Tokyo at Yahoo LODGE community space on February 2nd. The objective of PCD can be found on the website of Processing Foundation:

An example of commercial installations that I worked on

When I become close friends with other artists, I prefer to ask them how they support themselves financially; it may be considered taboo, but it is a serious problem for most of the artists. Since I had an eventful year, as a recap of 2018, I want to write about my situation as open as possible (how much or what I received related to public funding, but not related to commercial projects).

When I was in Montreal, Canada, my main revenue was part-time jobs at universities such as McGill University (the engineer department from which I received the master degree…

Image from https://www.pact-zollverein.de/en/platforms/impact/impact18

I participated in IMPACT18 symposium from November 7th to 11th at PACT Zollverein in Essen, Germany. 30 participants were selected from around the world (most of them are based in Europe but some came from the US and Asia; I guess that I am the one traveled the longest distance). Presenters were Chris Kondek & Christiane Kühl (doublelucky productions), Jaya Klara Brekke & Paul Feigelfeld, Samaneh Moafi (Forensic Architecture), and interventions by HOOD. …

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On Monday, I went hiking with Liza and Julia on Ansan. Since it was Chuseok holiday, most of the stores are closed and we decided to go to the mountain. I enjoy the landscape of Seoul as it is surrounded by steep mountains. Also, the mountain is next to Yonsei University and my friend graduated from the university told me that he often went hiking.

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Although our open studio is over, we still had an eventful week. On Tuesday, Evelyne and I had a meeting with Suhun from Art Center Nabi for a critique. It is part of an expert meeting program provided by Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, and Suhun kindly accepted to write about us. We presented our work including the ones during the residency and past collaborative and individual pieces. I am looking forward to read her article.

On Wednesday, there was an opening of international residency artists’ exhibition…

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September 13th to 16th was the open studio of our Seoul Art Space Geumcheon. On 14th, Evelyne and I did an audiovisual performance in the warehouse as an opening of the event. The performance “Usine 108” is inspired by the residency in Seoul, including the experience of temple stay and the industrial neighborhood of Geumcheon. It is not merely an audiovisual performance but we used experimental components such as motorized musical instruments, a quadrophonic sound system, real-time face tracking and body tracking. …

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This week, I attended several exhibition openings. On Wednesday, Seoul Mediacity Biennale opened at Seoul Museum of Art. The main theme is artificial intelligence and the exhibition is well curated with a mix of interactive and conceptual works. At the opening, I met Gene, who last time I saw at his workshop at sfpc in New York. He is exhibiting a video that is generated by neural synthesis, which is one of the topics he covered at the workshop. …

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On Friday I visited Seongbuk Art Pumping Station to see the closing party of Peach Pitch Party. They exhibited videos and interactive pieces as an outcome of workshops of their month-long event. A virtual-reality (or mixed-reality) piece by Park Dong Joon immerses a user in a playground which is based on the floor plan of the art center. There were also videos of performance pieces: one is a site-specific participatory performance drawing shapes with bodies and the other is using artificial intelligence for speech to text to play with…

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