The Fusion of Information Technology and Art
The Opening of the NTT Inter Communication Center
KUNIEDA Manabu (ICC staff)
|The Founding of ICC|
The Concept Behind the Center
Outline of the Center
Brief Descriptions of Each Area
1. Art and Science Chronology(5F lobby)
This display traces the history of exchange between art and science in the 20th century through works from each period and illustrated displays.
2. Permanent Exhibition Rooms (Gallery B, C)
Using experiential works, such as a 3-D virtual reality system* and an anechoic room, unlike those found in other museums, these galleries feature a permanent exhibition of media and technological art works.
3. Special Exhibition Room (Gallery A)
Large-scale exhibitions will be held here about four times each year. As an extension of the permanent exhibition area, this space will be used for exhibitions with new themes that have previously not been dealt with by past genres. These will include solo exhibitions by the latest artists, retrospectives on trends of other eras, and the introduction of experimental works. Plans are also being made to present concerts and performances.
4. Workshop Space (Gallery D)
This experimental space includes studios with sound and visual equipment and computers, and besides workshops and small-scale exhibitions, symposiums on special topics and educational programs aimed at students and children will be held. In all, there are three studios: Studio A, for the production of CD-ROMs and documents using DTP (desktop publishing); Studio B, for sound production and editing; and Studio C, for film editing and computer graphics production.
In addition to original ICC works such as the "Art & Science Journey," which traces the history of various issues in art and science, and "Art & Science Now," which features interviews with contemporary artists, scientists, and philosophers, video art and experimental films will be screened.
6. Electronic Library
Using the VOD (Video On Demand) system, an ICC-created database, the Internet can be freely accessed, and in the video booths, video art works can be viewed. There is also a display documenting the events leading up to the opening of the ICC.
In the shop, exhibition catalogs, art- and science-related books, CD-ROMs, and other arts goods are on sale. In the cafe, visitors can enjoy using CD-ROMs and the Internet as they drink coffee.
Outline of Other Activities
Besides the educational activities such as exhibitions and workshops listed above, the ICC is involved in a variety of other projects.
1. Database and Research Development
This project includes development of the database for the electronic library and new computer interfaces as well as holding study groups dealing with the theme of communication. At present, the ICC database includes the "20th Century Matrix," which presents information related to 20th century art and culture, and science and technology; and the "Artist Database," which includes profiles of Japanese and foreign media artists.
2. Computer Network
The computer network is not only a channel for the transmission of information, it was designed with an emphasis on "community organization," "collaboration," and "expression," in order to create a "place" that is no less fulfilling than an actual physical space.
Through the publication of our company magazine, Intercommunication, books, and exhibition catalogs, we are attempting to faithfully document our work at ICC. In this manner, we can supersede the activities confined to a physical space, and in a distinctive form of print media available to a larger portion of society can raise a variety of issues and disseminate information.
The advances that are currently being made due to the digital revolution have led to a dramatic transformation of human communications comparable to Gutenberg's invention of movable type. In particular, artists, who might be thought of the pioneer users of new information technology, have created a variety of new expressions through novel uses of technology. It is our great hope that visitors to the ICC will experience the fruits of the dialogue between science and technology, and art and culture, and will leave with stronger impressions of the possibilities inherent in new communications methods.
NTT Inter Communication Center (ICC)
Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm (9:00pm on Fridays)
(Entrance allowed up to thirty minutes prior to closing.)
Closed on Mondays (Or on the following day, if Monday is a national holiday.)
Location: Three minutes from Hatsudai Station on the Keio Shinsen