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Hello from the Global Creative Laboratories! Vol. 2: Cultural Facilities Responding to the Times

Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT]
Date & Time
December 23 (Sat), 2023 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm (Open 3:00 pm)
Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT]
90 (First-come, first-served basis)
Accessibility and Support
English-Japanese Simultaneous Interpretation Available / Live-streaming Available

Speakers: Matsumoto Ryoko (Exploratorium), Birte Sonnenberg (HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts), Jeong Ok Jeon (ARCOLABS), Ito Takayuki (Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT]), Hirota Fumi (Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT]) *Available on CCBT’s official YouTube channel.

Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT]’s Hello from the Global Creative Laboratories! is a series of Meetups to collaborate with its overseas counterparts in the field of digital creativity. Its second iteration is titled, “Cultural Facilities Responding to the Times.” CCBT invites Exploratorium from the U.S.A. that (re)promotes education in the arts and sciences, Germany’s HELLERAU that expands the conventions in the performing arts, and ARCOLABS from Indonesia that is an curator collective without a physical base to Shibuya, Tokyo.

Experimenting Steps Ahead and Proposing the New.
Ongoing Challenges and Innovations for Cultural Hubs.

Many cultural hubs and their laboratories were established as responses to the challenges that societies and cities faced at particular times, with the hopes that “experimentations” and “explorations in expressions” would provide new discoveries and proposals to alleviate and/or solve the challenges societies confronted. Moreover, it can be said that technology and its use—due to its variability and applicability—has been meeting and exceeding these societal expectations. While technologies continue to develop, society’s demands also change in tandem, and, in order for cultural labs to fulfill their function in being receptive to these changes, it is imperative that they, too, are attentive to society’s subtle changes and adapt accordingly: labs need to review, adjust and innovate, and finally renew their ways constantly. 
For Hello from the Global Creative Laboratories vol. 2 | Cultural Facilities Responding to the Times, CCBT invites Exploratorium from the U.S.A. that (re)promotes education in the arts and sciences, Germany’s HELLERAU that expands the conventions in the performing arts, and ARCOLABS from Indonesia that is an curator collective without a physical base to Shibuya, Tokyo. How have cultural hubs across the world responded to the hybridization of many events in this Post-Covid 19 times, the surge of AI technology, or the rise of Web3? How can labs think ahead to respond to society’s needs and propose the new in these ever-changing times? We welcome you to join us in addressing and thinking about these challenges.  

Time Line

3:30 pm-3:40 pm[Introduction]

3:40 pm-5:40 pm[Session1] Cultural Facilities Responding to the Times

Speakers: (30min each)
– Matsumoto Ryoko (Exploratorium)
– Birte Sonnenberg (HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts)
– Jeong Ok Jeon (ARCOLABS)
– Ito Takayuki (Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT])

5:55 pm-7:00pm[Session2]Cross-discussion, Q&A
Moderator: Hirota Fumi (Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT])

Participating Facilities

Exploratorium (San Francisco/USA)

Founded by Frank Oppenheimer in 1969, the Exploratorium in San Francisco revolutionized the science museum experience with its emphasis on hands-on learning and merging art and science. Pioneering in science education, it champions inquiry-based learning and has significantly influenced national science education policies. Functioning as a public learning laboratory, the museum continuously innovates, evident in its evolving exhibits. Stemming from its vision on education, the Exploratorium has developed numerous original educational programs, not just for visitors but also targeting educators. Since its inception, the Exploratorium has advocated that science and art are complementary elements for understanding the world, placing both art and science at the core of its endeavors.

HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts (Dresden/Germany)

HELLERAU, built in 1911 as a festival theater and educational institution for music and rhythm according to the visions of the pioneer of modern architecture Heinrich Tessenow and the music teacher Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, developed into a laboratory of artistic modernity within an eventful history.
Today, HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts is one of the most important centers for contemporary art in Germany and Europe. HELLERAU acts as an interdisciplinary co-production and guest performance house and offers contemporary arts dance, music, theater, performance, media art, and visual arts spaces for production and presentation.
HELLERAU cooperates with other cultural partners regionally, nationally, and internationally and is involved in numerous networks.


Founded in 2014 in Indonesia, ARCOLABS has transitioned from an academic research center to an independent curator-initiative, emphasizing a wide array of contemporary and new media art programs. Its experimental and laboratory-like setting encourages innovation and creative thinking through diverse practice-based programs, including art exhibitions, community projects, and educational workshops. By encouraging a blend of academic research and practical application, the organization serves as a testing ground for new ideas and innovative practices in the arts. With a team of full-time and project-based curators, arts managers, and researchers, ARCOLABS promotes interdisciplinary interactions and international exchanges within the arts community. Its open and flexible approach facilitates a vibrant, collaborative atmosphere, establishing ARCOLABS as a key contributor to the contemporary and new media art landscape in Indonesia and beyond.

Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT] (Tokyo/Japan)

Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT] opened its doors in October 2022 in Shibuya, Tokyo as a hub for the public to explore their “civic-creative” imaginations through art and digital technology. As a lab to realize and popularize this “civic creativity,” CCBT hosts projects and events in tandem with its experts and collaborators in the fields of art, design, and technology. Through its five core programs––Meetup, Workshop, Art Incubation, Camp, and Showcase––CCBT aims to become the driving force of innovation that is generated from Tokyo.


Matsumoto Ryoko

Tinkering Studio Learning Designer, Exploratorium

As a Learning Designer at the Exploratorium Tinkering Studio, Ryoko Matsumoto designs, develops, and implements innovative workshops that integrate art, science, and technology. Engaging daily in research and development with the Tinkering Studio team, she collaborates with global educators, researchers, and creative experts. Their collective insights often inspire new Exploratorium exhibits and tinkering activities. In addition, Matsumoto designs and implements Professional Development programs at the Tinkering Studio, introducing educators to tinkering as a new pedagogy. The team’s accumulated knowledge and expertise are integrated into the Exploratorium’s online platforms, disseminating their pedagogical principles and tinkering methodologies to educators worldwide.


Birte Sonnenberg

Assistant and Artistic Associate to the Programme Director, HELLERAU

Birte Sonnenberg was born and raised in Berlin, Germany and studied Political Science and International Development in Vienna, Berlin, and Paris with a focus on political theory and culture. She initially worked for various exhibition initiatives in Vienna and Amsterdam before switching to the performing arts and working as artistic production manager for various theater productions and collectives. Since 2018, Sonnenberg has been working on the development and expansion of Flugwerk, a rehearsal and project space, which since 2020 has been a location-independent initiative dedicated to researching and rehearsing mediation and feedback methods in the performing arts. From 2019 to 2022, she worked for the Performing Arts Fund in Germany. Since 2022 she has been a part of the program team of HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts.


Jeong Ok Jeon

Director, ARCOLABS, Lecturer, Jakarta State University

Jeong Ok Jeon is a Jakarta-based Korean curator, educator, and researcher specialized in new media art, art and science, and curator education. Her recent curatorial projects are “Terra Dialectic” (2023), a Media Art Community Festival held in Lombok and Cosmos Chronology: “Space Art Exhibition” (2023), held in Yogyakarta as a 50th year anniversary event of the Korea-Indonesia diplomatic ties. She is the initiator of XPLORE: New Media Art Incubation, one of the core programs in ARCOLABS, dedicated to enhancing the competencies of emerging artists and curators for art and technology. Jeon currently serves as the director at ARCOLABS–Center for Art and Community Management and a lecturer at Visual Art Education Dept., Jakarta State University (UNJ) while also pursuing her doctoral degree in Arts Education from Education University of Indonesia.


Ito Takayuki

Technical Director, Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT]

Ito Takayuki was the director of InterLab at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media until 2023. Ito currently oversees all technical direction at Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT]. He provides technical direction across an array of areas, from sound engineering and software development to biotechnology applications, and has worked prolifically as a producer for artworks and workshops, and event and project planner.

Hirota Fumi

Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT]

After stints at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences and Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Hirota Fumi joined the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2012, where she was involved in promoting the Japan Media Arts Festival, especially expanding its reach internationally and regionally. In 2015, she joined the Japan Foundation, working on media culture and art projects for the foundation’s cultural exchange programs between Japan and Southeast Asia. Hirota took up a post at the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History of Culture in 2020, helping launch Tokyo Smart Culture Project, which digitizes cultural resources like the collections of Tokyo’s cultural institutions and offers various types of viewing experiences. In 2022, she was part of the team behind the opening of Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT] in Shibuya.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT] (Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)