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Press Release


May 10, 2018

“Open Space 2018: in transition” exhibiting works

Date: June 2, 2018–March 10, 2019

Venue: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]

Exhibition Information

Date: June 2, 2018–March 10, 2019
Venue: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]
Hours: 11:00am–6:00pm
Closed: Mondays (If Monday is a holiday, then Tuesday except February 12), Maintenance day (August 5 and February 10), The year-end and New Year Holidays (December 28 to January 4), February 11, 2019
Admission free
Organizer: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]
Address: Tokyo Opera City Tower 4F, 3-20-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 163-1404 Japan
Access: 2 minutes walk from Hatsudai Station East Exit on the Keio New Line
Inquiries: Toll-free Telephone 0120-144199 (Domestic only)

* Opening hours and holidays are subject to change. Please visit the ICC website for up-to-date information.

A space that combines ICC’s diverse functions, Open Space integrates galleries, a mini theater, and the video archive “HIVE.” Since its launch in 2006, the exhibition has been held as an admission-free event with changing contents each year. Based on the mission of ICC, it aims to function as an open platform where possibilities of communication culture and art created with the help of advanced technologies can be presented to a large number of people.

Exhibition Outline

“Open Space” is an exhibition introducing works of media art and other forms of artistic expression born out of today’s media environments, to a broad audience. On display along with explanatory notes that help understanding the respective pieces are leading works from the realm of media art, artworks incorporating cutting-edge technologies, works with a critical standpoint, and in addition, projects that are currently in progress at various research institution. Next to presenting works to view and enjoy, the exhibition was conceived as an occasion for visitors to think about backgrounds and contexts such as today’s diversified forms of media and communication, problems in contemporary society, future prospects, and in addition, new sensibilities and aesthetics.

Titled ”Open Space 2018: in transition,” this 13th installment of the “Open Space” series focuses on today’s ever-evolving technologies, and showcases artworks that represent future visions of mankind against the backdrop of this continuous state of technology in transition.

Also on the schedule during the exhibition period are a number of related programs including talk sessions, lectures, symposia and workshops 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 cultural institutions.

Exhibiting Artists and Works

Gregory BARSAMIAN “Juggler” 1997 (ICC Collection)

James BRIDLE “Autonomous Trap 001” 2017, “Gradient Ascent” 2017

exonemo “Natural Process” 2004–

IWAI Toshio “Marshmallow Scope” 2002

IWAI Toshio “Marshmallow Monitor” 2002

NAGATA Kosuke “Sierra” 2017, and others

OKA Tomomi, WATANABE Junji, new work

OWAKI Richi + YCAM “The Other in You” 2017

Tristan PERICH, title to be announced

Rhizomatiks Research, new work

TOKUI Nao + Qosmo “Imaginary Soundscape” 2018

UJINO “Lives in Japan” 2018, “Radiowave Quarter” 2018, “Plywood City Stories 1” 2017, “Plywood City Stories 2” 2018

YOSHIGAI Nao “Grand Bouquet” 2018

Collaboration Project

Research Complex NTT R&D @ICC

“Haptic TV” 2018

Production: NTT Communication Science Laboratories
Cooperation in research: The Embodied Media Project in Keio University Graduate School of Media Design
Production cooperation:dot by dot inc.

“Find Out Your Own Face!” 2016

Planning: WATANABE Junji (NTT Communication Science Laboratories, NTT Service Evolution Laboratories)
Technical support: YOSHIDA Shigeo (Cyber Interface Laboratory at The University of Tokyo), KAWASE Yuji (Cyber Interface Laboratory at The University of Tokyo)
Cooperation in experience design: The Japanese Psychonomic Society (JPS) Committee for developing teaching materials for junior high school students
Cooperation in system development: KAWANABE Toru (art and program, Inc.)

Research & Development Corner

Takashi Ikegami Laboratory, the University of Tokyo

emergencies!—introducing emerging and prospective artists

emergencies! 034 SHIBATA Maho “XNN (X News Network)”

Date: June 2–July 29, 2018

emergencies! 035

Date: September 4–November 4, 2018 (tentative)

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Date: December 11, 2018–March 10, 2019 (tentative)


HIVE is the video archive of ICC. On HIVE terminals in ICC’s premise, one can access to the digitalized video archive such as ICC video art collection, interviews with various artists, and wide-ranging activities of ICC since its opening in 1997 - exhibitions, symposia, artist talks, live events and workshops. Additionally, some of the above video archive are also available in the web version of HIVE ( that launched in June 2006. They are provided to the users under a Creative Commons License, which allow users to make their own creative uses with the video materials for non-profits. By this initiative, we intend to disclose our resource in an open way.


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