“ICC Annual” was launched as an extension of a previous series of exhibitions that have been held under the title “Open Space.” While adopting the same concept, the new program incorporates longer exhibitions that take place over periods of six months each.
The whereabouts of our consciousness, and the position of technology in contemporary society, are things that have been inspired and continuously updated by the latest trends in media technology. The new exhibition series was developed as a vehicle to focus on these aspects through media art and other artworks, and from the diverse viewpoints and styles facilitated by current media environments.
Today, a variety of systems based on computational technologies are being implemented within our daily living environments. The technological systems that mediate between humans and computers have evolved into interfaces that penetrate our living environments in rather natural ways, and with life-like behavior patterns generated by algorithms. They will certainly develop even further in the future.
At the same time, by analyzing mechanisms of nature based on an understanding of the recursiveness and contingency of natural phenomena, we have become able to simulate different types of nature from the standpoint of technology, define new ways of living, and ultimately, gain a new understanding of nature, life, and ourselves.
We may say that, in this age of “self-organizing inorganics,” our living environments have acquired a new “lifelikeness” introduced by digital technology and natural phenomena. This exhibition aims to discuss aspects of technology in works that were inspired by such environments, and realized through interaction with the respective systems, as well as various expansive projects based on contemporary social topics and technological trends, such as issues related to climate change, gender, NFT or metaverse.