As part of ref:now—toward a new media culture in asia, which comprehensively showcases contemporary media culture and creativity through art, exchange, education, and collaboration, the Japan Foundation Asia Center and TodaysArt JAPAN / AACTOKYO present Media Culture in Asia: A Transnational Platform (MeCA), a comprehensive showcase of new media and digital culture in Asia, running from February 9th to February 18th, 2018.
Platform for new media and digital culture in Asia
MeCA focuses on the rapidly developing creative scene in Asia, encouraging exchange and partnerships within the emerging generation of talent in the region through an art exhibition, music program, workshops, talks, and an international symposium. As the first fully comprehensive event of its kind in Japan to examine digital creativity through the frameworks of art, music, and education, it will take place in Harajuku, Omotesando, and Shibuya—areas with established reputations as birthplaces for exciting new culture—and produce a platform firmly rooted in the global scene.
Japan's first platform-style international event about new media and digital culture
Wide range of programs and events across six categories
Brings together approximately 60 leading artists and experts from around Asia
1. Art Exhibition
Including artworks shown publicly in Japan for the first time, this exhibition introduces artistic practice that creatively harnesses digital technology. It brings together various examples of new media art produced in different regions, from work commissioned by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM], an art center in south Japan, to WSK: Festival of the Recently Possible, a leading presence in the field in Southeast Asia, the Japanese-French joint festival Digital Choc, and the French events Biennale Némo and Scopitone. Alongside large-scale installations, the exhibition presents encounters with a wide range of practice employing diverse forms of media.
Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani (Japan)
Norimichi Hirakawa (Japan) Guillaume Marmin and Philippe Gordiani (France)
Bani Haykal (Singapore)
Kawita Vatanajyankur (Thailand)
Studio The Future (Netherlands)
Time & Date
February 9 (Friday) - 18th (Sunday), 2018
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
* open until 5 p.m. on last day
* open until 6 p.m. on 11 (sun) at OMOTESANDO HILLS SPACE O
OMOTESANDO HILLS SPACE O Access
4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001 google map
Laforet Museum Harajuku Access
1-11-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001 google map
Admission fee (incl. tax)
One-day-pass = 1,000 yen
All-day-pass = 1,800 yen (Multiple admissions allowed during event period)
* May attend events at Omotesando Hills Space O and Laforet Museum Harajuku.
* May attend Special Talks by Redbull Studios Tokyo, Gallery Talks by Omotesando Hills Space O, held on the day of entry only.
* Special advance registration is required for some programs.
* Admission free for preschool children and elementary/junior high school students.
* For special events, such as Music Programs, additional ticket is necessary.
2. Music Program
The music program comprises two parts: a program exploring trends in music culture since the emergence of the Internet, and a program showcasing sound and video art created with digital technology. As MeCA’s opening program, it will feature an all-night series of events across two venues.
BORDERING PRACTICE（WWW X）
tomad (Head of Maltine Records /Japan)
Morton Subotnick (U.S.) Lillevan (Germany) Alec Empire (Germany) Jacques (France)
Young Juvenile Youth (Japan)
Jean-Baptiste Cognet and Guillaume Marmin (France)
Time & Date
February 9 (Friday), 2018
9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (February 10)
(Doors open: 8 p.m.)
WWW, WWW X (Shibuya) Access
RISE Bldg,13-17 Udagawa,Shibuya,Tokyo 150-0041 google map
Admission fee (incl. tax)
Advance Sale = 3,500yen (Plus one drink)
On-day-ticket = 4,500yen (Plus one drink)
*Free one drink for MeCA Exhibition pass holders at reception desk
*Admission to the music program is restricted to those aged 20 and above.
*All visitors are required to show a photo ID to gain admission.
3. Education Program
Offering the chance to learn about creativity in the network society through the key concepts of "society," "body," and "media technology," MeCA's education program is aimed at fourth-grade elementary school students and older.
February 10th (Saturday), 2018
February 12th (Monday), 2018
February 17th (Saturday), 2018
February 18th (Sunday), 2018
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.(two sessions per day) .
Fee: 500 yen (reservations required)
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]