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ICC Annual 2023: Shapes of Things

June 24, 2023–January 14, 2024


“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.

Virtual worlds are becoming a part of our reality—as extensions of the real world. Virtual things, too, are being treated as co-inhabitants of the world in which we live.

The metaverse, mirror worlds, and other virtual worlds that exist as extensions of the real world are beginning to possess a new reality akin to that of this world. In this context, the binary has shifted from “what is real and what is virtual” to “what is physical and what is data.”

We are surrounded by tremendous streams of information that have no tangible or visible form. In order to transform this information into a form we can grasp more precisely, we digitize it, we visualize it, we analyze it—and so on. Systems to guarantee authenticity, such as NFTs, make unique entities of this data, in an age saturated with data that can be readily duplicated due to its digital format.

How we give form to this myriad of the invisible surrounding us has even become a major topic in the world of art. One will gain different results depending on the method used to analyze or visualize data; similarly, the way in which an artist gives form to these various invisible phenomena opens up possibilities for all kinds of expression.

At this ICC Annual, works on a range of themes will take us on an exploration of how the forms of things and events are changing as virtual worlds’ extensions of reality continue to permeate the world we live in, and how this shift might surface in our memories and behavior.

Date: June 24, 2023–January 14, 2024
Venue: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] Gallery B, Hyper ICC (
Hours: 11:00am–6:00pm (Admission until 30 minutes before closing)
Closed: Mondays (If Monday is a holiday, then Tuesday), Maintenance day (August 6), The year-end and New Year Holidays (December 28 to January 4)
Admission fee: Adults 500 (400) Yen, University Students 400 (300) Yen
ICC Annual Passport: 1,000 Yen

Online reservation is available from 7days before the visit day.
The day tickets are available at ICC reception.

Online reservation
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* Rates shown in parentheses are for groups of more than 14 persons.
* Admission free: Disabled persons (proof-required) and their attendants / Persons 65 years and older / High school students and younger.
* Reservation is recommended.

Curators: HATANAKA Minoru, YUBISUI Yasuko
Curatorial Team: HATANAKA Minoru, YUBISUI Yasuko, KASHIMADA Tomoya

Organizer: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation)




Works in the Admission Free Area

ICC Video Archive ‘HIVE’



Related Information

ICC Annual Passport

Price: 1,000 Yen
Period of Validity: From the day of purchase to March 31, 2024

Discount Information

Discount with the exhibition held at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
If you show ticket stub of the following exhibition that will be held in the same period at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery at 3F Tokyo Opera City, we offer discount to admission fee. Also, you can be admitted at discount if you show ticket stub of the exhibition.

Discount with “MuPon”

“Grutto Pass”

Chirashi Museum * in Japanese

ICC Discount Coupon
Please print out and bring it with you or present the terminal screen at the reception desk. It is possible to enter the exhibition at a discounted fee.
|→ discount coupon | (PDF)

Request for visitors
The countermeasures against COVID-19

The following will not be permitted to enter ICC.

  • People with a fever of 37.5℃ (99.5℉) or above.
  • People with symptoms such as fever, sore throat, runny nose, persistent fatigue, etc.

* Please visit the ICC website for up-to-date information.

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