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The 2011 Ars Electronica CAMPUS Exhibition features current works by students from the University of Tsukuba, Japan, which has played a leading role in media art for more than 30 years. The Plastic Arts and Mixed Media course at the School of Art and Design was launched in 1975, and one of the faculty members is Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, a pioneer in Japanese media art. Many famous media artists, including Toshio Iwai and Maywa Denki, graduated from this school and innovative, interactive technologies have been developed at the University of Tsukuba’s Department of Engineering. In 1996 Hiroo Iwata started to present interface devices as a form of artistic expression, setting an example that was followed by many future Ars Electronica participants. Although Ars Electronica CAMPUS exhibitions focus on the works of students, this exhibition includes the history of Tsukuba artists in order to trace the roots of current trends.

 

 

At the University of Tsukuba a discussion on the characteristics of art took place, in which the keywords “playful” and “serious” acquired particular significance. Artists at the School of Art and Design take the playful element very seriously, whilst serious engineering projects often display playful elements. These conceptual features characterize the distinguished work from the University of Tsukuba and lend this exhibition its title.

 

 

 

 

iwataHiroo Iwata
Organizing Chair
Professor
University of Tsukuba, Japan

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