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.