“Open Space” is a series of exhibitions designed to introduce works of media art and other forms of artistic expression born out of today’s media environments, to a broad audience. On display are leading works from the realm of media art; artworks incorporating cutting-edge technologies and/or expressing critical standpoints; works by promising young artists; and in addition, projects that are currently in progress at various research institutions. Accompanied by explanatory notes that help understand the respective pieces, exhibits are not only presented to view and enjoy, but the series at large aims to encourage visitors to think about backgrounds and contexts such as today’s diversified forms of media and communication, technology-driven contemporary society, future prospects, and in addition, new sensibilities and aesthetics.
Titled “New Flatland,” this year’s edition focuses on artistic approaches in a technological environment in which, as a result of the integration of the real world and the world of information in the so-called “post-Internet age,” the originally contrasting dimensions of reality and virtuality have been leveled out and connected.
Also on the schedule during the exhibition period are a number of related programs including talk sessions, lectures and symposia with artists and experts, as well as guided tours around the exhibits with explanations by the curatorial staff. In addition, various related events with international guests are planned to be held in cooperation between NTT laboratories and other cultural institutions.