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Symposium “Making Tokyo More Creative, Making Tokyo Better”

Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT]
Date & Time
June 29 (Thu), 2023, 3:30pm – 5:00pm(Open 3:00 pm)
Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT]
50 (advance registration required, allotted in order of reception)
Application Period
Registration will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

Guest speakers from the frontlines of government, business, and art, who are involved in inspiring and revitalizing cities and communities, and together with Hideaki Ogawa, who assumed the position of Creative Director of CCBT this April, will discuss topics including “Tokyo’s need for new initiatives and challenges,” “the role of artists,” “the future of CCBT,” and others.

Symposium “Making Tokyo More Creative, Making Tokyo Better”
Guest speakers:
・MIYASAKA Manabu (Vice-Governor of Tokyo/CCBT Supervisor)
・UCHIDA Maholo (Director, TAKANAWA GATEWAY CITY, Center for Cultural Innovations Project, East Japan Railway Foundation for Cultural Innovations)
・ICHIHARA Etsuko (Artist/Fantasy inventor)
Moderator: OGAWA Hideaki(Creative Director of CCBT/Co-Director of Ars Electronica Futurelab)

Miyasaka Manabu

Vice Governor of Tokyo

MIYASAKA Manabu started his carrier at Yahoo Japan Corporation in 1997 before served as Yahoo Japan’s CEO in 2012, later to become the Chairman of the Board in 2018.
MIYASAKA’s many accomplishments include driving the digital transformation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as CIO after being named Counselor to the Governor in July 2019 and then Vice Governor of Tokyo in September 2019. He will be leading the GovTech Tokyo, which will run its projects from September 2023, as the Representative Director.
A believer in the power to accelerate progress of Tokyo to be the startup-friendliest city in the world, MIYASAKA will be directing a global event for startups as the Executive Committee Chairman in May 2024.

Uchida Maholo

Director, TAKANAWA GATEWAY CITY, Center for Cultural Innovations Project, East Japan Railway Foundation for Cultural Innovations

Planning Director, Signature Pavilion “Future of Life”, Theme Project for the Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan
While participating in the establishment of cultural facilities at JR East, she has also served as an advisor and commissioner for museums in Japan and abroad, aiming to create public spaces where intelligence and beauty are fused together.
2002-2020 Worked at the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation where she curated numerous exhibitions which bridge art and science. Guest curator at the Barbican Center (London), member of the jury for the Good Design Award, etc.

Photo: Shino Chikura

Ichihara Etsuko

Artist / fantasy inventor

Born 1988 in Aichi. Graduated in Studies of Media, Body and Image from the School of Culture, Media and Society, Waseda University. She has been creating artworks that interpret Japanese culture, customs and beliefs from a unique point of view, and present new, technology-based  approaches. Ichihara’s works were included in the Excellence Award at the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival, Entertainment Division in 2017, and in 2016, chosen for the INNOvation program from The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. She won Honorary Mention (Interactive Art+) in PRIX Ars Electronica 2018 and received a STARTS Prize Nomination in the same year.

Ogawa Hideaki

Creative Director of CCBT/ Co-Director of Ars Electronica Futurelab

Based in Linz, Austria since 2007, where he has worked with Ars Electronica, a world-renowned cultural institution for art and technology, as an artist, curator, and researcher. He is currently co-director of the Ars Electronica Futurelab, the research and development arm of the group. He is involved in a number of cross-disciplinary international projects, including innovative projects that use art as a catalyst to prototype the future, the creation of citizen-engaged communities, and the implementation of next-generation cultural and educational programs.

About Ars Electronica
Ars Electronica is a creative hub for art and advanced technology founded by the city of Linz, Austria, and has hosted the annual Ars Electronica Festival, the world’s largest media art festival, for over 40 years. It established the Ars Electronica Futurelab to research the future of art and technology in collaboration with companies, government, cultural, educational and research institutions. In addition, the group runs the Ars Electronica Center, known for promoting museums and schools of the future, as well as holding the Prix Ars Electronica, the world’s longest-running international media art competition.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Cooperate with
Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo