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MIKAMI Seiko Desire of Codes

October 22–December 18, 2011

MIKAMI Seiko Desire of Codes


NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] is proud to present a new version of Desire of Codes, a large-scale, interactive installation by MIKAMI Seiko, originally commissioned by and exhibited at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM] in 2010.

Desire of Codes, installed across a large wall, consists of 90 wall-mounted devices equipped with sensors and micro cameras as well as six robotic arms suspended from the ceiling and equipped with cameras and projectors. Each device detects the position and movement of viewers, hovers insect-like toward them, and monitors them. At the end of the exhibition space is a large, circular screen reminiscent of an insect's compound eye, onto which is projected a complex mixture of images from the past and the present, fed by an original database comprising images from the cameras in the installation as well as images from surveillance cameras at public places around the world.

MIKAMI Seiko whose works are based on the theme of the "information environment and the body," explores communications technology and the interactions created by the information ecosystem. Desire of Codes poses the question, "What new desires do we have, now that we live in an information-oriented environment and have perceptions shaped by that environment?" The work reconstructs images, sounds, data and other information from the network environment using codes governed by an autonomous system. Within a space/device that moves in response to viewers as if it has a life of its own, viewers can experience the metamorphoses of time and space resulting from today's information technology and the interactions it creates. After the exhibition at ICC. Desire of Codes will travel to venues around the world.

Date: October 22–December 18, 2011
Venue: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] Gallery A
Hours: 11:00 am–6:00 pm (Admission until 30 minutes before closing)
Closed: Mondays
Admission Fee: Adults / University students 500Yen (400Yen), Admission free for High school students and younger
* Rates shown in parentheses are for groups of more than 14 persons.
* During the exhibition, you can be admitted twice per one ticket. At second admission, please show your ticket you purchased for first admission at reception.

Organizer: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]

Cooperation: Microvision, Inc., Tama Art University, Media Art Course
Special Cooperation: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]




Artist, Professor of Media Art Lab at Tama Art University. Since the 1980s, has been showing large-scale installations themed on information society and the human body. In the 1990s, most of works are interactive media art installations incorporating human perception, eye-tracking project "Molecular Informatics," about acoustic sense and the living body sound "World, Membrane and the Dismenbered Body," "gravicells - gravity and resistance" on the theme of the gravity called the 6th consciousness and "Desire of Codes" focused in coded individual at information society.
Her Art works were shown at Fundacio Joan Miro, Le Musée des Beaux-arts de Nantes, Künstlerhaus Vienna, Kulturhuset Stockholm and Canon ARTLAB. Also shown at the number of international Media Art Festivals such as transmediale (Berlin), DEAF (Rotterdam), SHARE (Turin), Ars Electronica (Linz), MoiMulti (Quebec), TESLA (Berlin), VEROCITY Festival of Digital Culture (UK), TRUST (Dortmund), ISEA and the other. Solo exhibition "Desire of Codes" held at Yamaguchi Center for Art and Media [YCAM], NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] and from 2012, will travel to around the world. She passed away in 2015.

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