A multi-faceted project exploring media art and digital culture in Tokyo from September to December 2016.
I conducted the project while attending two artist residency programs at Tokyo Wonder Site and 3331 Arts Chiyoda.
1.] Research Activities [interviews, surveys of art institutions, collecting ephemera, and essays]
2.] Observations and artworks made in Tokyo [analog photographs, paintings, illustrations, video]
3.] Curatorial content [an open studio and exhibition]
The project is a mixture of curation, design, documentation, and experimentation.
The purpose of which was to break conventions and notions of what a curator or artist is or can be
Tokyo Window Sessions came about from my interest in learning more about new media art in Japan. Although I have worked in various institutions throughout New York, I feel there is a lack of international connection or dialogue between the U.S. and Japan in regards to media art. This is surprising considering both locations have an investment in emerging technologies and contemporary art, and are also inextricably tied historically and socially.
Although the first edition of Tokyo Window Sessions is complete I keep finding ways to add to it. It has also inspired me to conduct a similar project in Seoul in September 2017 during a residency at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Ultimately, the intention of this project was never meant to be an exhaustive but rather, it should serve as a gateway to connecting communities.
This was my first time living overseas for an extended period of time. I had zero ability in speaking Japanese, or what being in an artist/curatorial residency actual meant. With that in mind, I am still unraveling what the experience meant to me, and how it influences my future activities.
By the end of my research and curatorial activities I hope to have created a repository of information that captures a particular and unique moment in the history and development of media art and digital culture in Tokyo. I hope that it may inspire others to go to new locations, to pursue their curiosities, and to do things outside of their comfort zones in the hopes of learning about other people - whether connected to art or not.
Some paintings I made in Tokyo. I left them behind, either with friends or hidden in buildings.
I created 30 DVDs featuring YouTube videos that I watched in Tokyo. They were sold during an Internet Yami-Ichi.
I've re-uploaded them back to YouTube as a form of contemporary bootlegging.