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Tomo Kihara + Playfool

Deviation Game ver 1.0

Tomo Kihara + Playfool

This is a collaboration between Tomo Kihara and Playfool (Dan Coppen and Maruyama Saki). With a focus on play, their practice in Japan and overseas centers around designing tools that foster creativity and making artistic interventions that engage with urban space and society. They have exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, 2022), Ars Electronica (Linz, 2020), and more.

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Deviation Game


This workshop and exhibition featured Deviation Game, in which players draw things that humans can perceive but artificial intelligence cannot. Through playing the game, visitors experienced the new possibilities of creative expression for deviating from the past by using AI to identify whether or not an image made by the player already existed. Instead of harnessing AI, which is able to imitate aspects of intelligent behavior, to generate something new, the project made pictures by facilitating competition and co-creation between AI and humans, exploring the future destination of creativity.


Tomo Kihara

media artist, interaction designer

Kihara Tomo creates “toys for thought” which are games and experimental software that brings new perspectives to society through play. After graduating from the Keio University Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, he completed an MSc in interaction design at TU Delft in the Netherlands in 2018. Kihara later worked for the Amsterdam-based research institute Waag, where he undertook research at AI Culture Lab on the social impact of artificial intelligence. His projects have been exhibited at Ars Electronica (2021) in Linz, Austria, and the Design Museum (2018) and Victoria and Albert Museum (2022) in London.



Designer, Artist

Playfool is a design and art unit by Daniel Coppen (UK) and Maruyama Saki (JP). Both graduates from the RCA, their work explores the nature of relationships between society and technology through the medium of play. Their multidisciplinary and experimental practice comprises objects, installations, and multimedia productions, which emphasise play’s experimental, reflective and intimate qualities.
Playfool’s works have been widely exhibited at institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the MAK in Vienna.


CCBT Art Incubation Program

One of CCBT’s core programs, the Art Incubation Program provides opportunities for creative talent to undertake new projects and makes those processes accessible to the public, facilitating forms of artistic expression, exploration, and action that change our city for the better. Selected through an open call, five artist fellows will act as CCBT partners, developing their projects, making the creative process public, exhibiting the results, and holding workshops and talks.
Details: CCBT Art Incubation Program

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