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Future Ideations Camp Vol.2 Keynote Lecture 2: Fujihata Masaki, “Art and Cultivation”

Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT] ※Live-streaming Available in CCBT YouTube Channel
Date & Time
August 26 (Sat) 7:30pm-9:00pm (Venue open: -7:15pm)
Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT] ※Live-streaming Available in CCBT YouTube Channel
Accessibility and Support
English-Japanese Simultaneous Interpretation Available

Under the theme “Making New Rules with Blockchains,” the second iteration of the Future Ideations Camp will reconceptualize money, NFTs, and DAOs through practical applications of blockchain technologies. Japanese media art pioneer Fujihata Masaki delivers the second keynote lecture, which is open to the general public and streamed live on YouTube.

Future Ideations Camp Vol.2
Keynote Lecture 2: Fujihata Masaki, “Art and Cultivation”

Date: August 26 (Sat), 2023 19:30-21:00
Capacity: 40 ※Live-streaming Available in CCBT YouTube Channel
Lecturer: Fujihata Masaki (Media Artist)

Exploring ways to make rules with blockchain technologies, Future Ideations Camp Vol. 2 brings together around twenty participants as well as Japanese and international instructors and facilitators to conceive new visions of currencies, non-fungible tokens, and decentralized autonomous organizations through blockchains. The second keynote lecture is open to the general public and features the artist Fujihata Masaki.

Since the 1980s, Fujihata has focused on technologies like computer graphics, the internet, virtual spaces, and GPS, and their essence as forms of media, developing a creative practice that employs unique approaches. His recent work includes the project Brave New Commons(2021–), which considers the value of an artwork in terms of owning and selling it through NFTs of digital images, and the spin-off project My First Digital Data (2022).
As a pioneering figure in new media art, Fujihata has continued to question the role of art in society and how culture is formed in Japan through such contemporary technologies alongside his artistic practice.
The lecture explores possibilities for understanding the latest technologies better and delving into new information environments, which are also the aspirations for CCBT’s Future Ideations Camp series. What is necessary for developing digital media creativity into new forms of art and culture? And to do this, what kind of critical perspectives are important historically and culturally?

Looking back at the etymology of “culture,” which comes from the Latin cultura (growing, cultivation), the lecture rethinks the ways in which we “cultivate” society and the future through new forms of art. What novel kinds of art emerge from the new values that blockchain technologies create? The lecture homes in on the relationship between art and the concept of cultivating citizens, which underpins not only CCBT’s mission of civic creativity but also its very name.

Muramatsu Masahiro

Fujihata Masaki

New media artist

A pioneer of media art in Japan. In the 1980s, he created computer graphic works such as “Mandala 1983”, then transitioned to creating sculpture works like “Geometric Love”. In the 1990s, he started producing interactive art works like “Beyond Pages”. During the same period in 1996, his network-themed work “Global Interior project” won the Golden Nica award at Ars Electronica. Since 2000, he has been presenting installation works dealing with images and virtual space issues, such as “Morel’s Panorama”, “Mirror of Indiscrimination”, “Ruska’s Room”, and “Eternity of Visions”. At the same time, he began working on more public-oriented projects. In 2001, he started a fieldwork series using GPS, which developed from “Field-work@Hayama” to “Field-work@Alsace”, and then “Voices of Aliveness” in 2012. In 2018, and again in 2022, he realized a large-scale AR public art project based on history, “BeHere / 1942”, in Hong Kong and Los Angeles respectively. In recent years, he has been developing projects that deal with NFTs, such as “Brave New Commons” and “My First Digital Data”.

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