ICC Kids Program 2010 "What Sounds Do We Hear?"

How Do You Feel Today? “feeling of Smooth” or “feeling of Rough”?
Workshop “Let's Talk in Tactile Language!”
HAYAKAWA Tomohiko + MATSUI Shigeru + WATANABE Junji

In this workshop you try communicating using “tactile language.” You will have fun discovering the feeling of touching the sounds of your own words, words that you normally would not be conscious of, while classifying various materials according to how they feel to the touch and playing around with onomatopoeia.
(*onomatopoeia = hiss, zigzag, and other imitative or mimetic words)
Equipment cooperation: Fostex Company

Date: August 14 (Sat.), 15 (Sun.), 28 (Sat.), 29 (Sun.), 2010 [Finished]
Two workshops per day: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
Venue: ICC 4F Special Venue
Participation fee: free of charge
Capacity: 10 people per workshop (in order of arrival on the day)
*Registration will take place as necessary from 11:30am at ICC Reception.
Target participants: children of elementary school age or above.
*Japanese only


HAYAKAWA Tomohiko completed the Master痴 degree course at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo in 2010. Since then he has studying for his doctoral degree at the same institution. He has a strong interest in the relationship between the senses and emotions and is researching interfaces capable of creating a new form of dialogue with new sensory methods/technologies in the real world.

MATSUI Shigeru

MATSUI Shigeru is a poet. Born in 1975, he was a member of “Creating 21st century art forms based on digital media” (CREST Research) – a project headed by FUJIHATA Masaki – from 2006 until 2010. He participated in the survey research for the “Concrete Poetry of Niikuni Seiichi: Between Poetry and Art” Exhibition (The National Museum of Art) which was held in 2008. Since 2009 he has been conducting “Research on Tactile Design Using Phonological and Sensory Images.” He is currently a specially appointed researcher in the Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts.


WATANABE Junji completed the Doctoral degree course at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo (Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology) in March 2005. Since April 2009 he has been a special researcher PD at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. His main area of research is human sensory mechanisms, especially visual and tactile mechanisms. As interface technology utilizing human sensory properties are being developed and displayed, he is focusing his research on both theory and application regarding the relationships between human sensory perception and their environments.