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[CAST news] ARTLAB 7th Exhibition

October 1, 1997   Canon ARTLAB

ARTLAB holds ARTLAB 7th Original Exhibition
"I0_DENCIES--questioning urbanity"(artist: Knowbotic Research)
by linking the Internet with local urban movements

<Internet starts Oct.3> http://www.canon.co.jp/cast/
<exhibition> Oct.4-12 at Hillside Plaza, Tokyo
<artist lecture> Oct.9 at Canon ARTLAB, Tokyo

ARTLAB co-produced ARTLAB7"IO_DENCIES--questioning urbanity" with
Knowbotic Research(KR+cF), an art group based in Cologne, Germany.

In ARTLAB7 "IO_DENCIES---questioning urbanity," the vision of a new
dialogue with the city is questioned from a viewpoint of informatics based
on the digital network. The group approaches the work with an inquiry about
how to act and intervene in the invisible and latent potential of the
contemporary city.

The title "I0_DENCIES" is made up of the words "density" and "tendency." It
signifies the tendencies of the user activities in dealing with the
different densities which are current in the dynamic processes and
relations of information flows.

In the contemporary mega cities, complex information networks are multi-
layered and interconnected with the physical spaces. Urban flows are
formulated by grasping the overall image of such cities as a body of
information movements, rather than a collective of buildings.

For the IO-DENCIES project, Tokyo's Shimbashi area was selected as a
model-site for reading the specific urban dynamics of a local part of a
city. Tokyo as an information city with global qualities will be created in
realtime by modifying  data-flows by unspecified but engaging individuals.
Knowbotic Research have developed a connective online environment that can
be experienced and manipulated by participants in segments.

Each user in the exhibition or in the Internet will simultaneously affect
the activities of the other users and will also  dynamically transform the
information environment.

The IO_dencies-environment is located in the Internet as well as in an
installation site. The exhibition space which is formed by 3D sound events
and stroboscopic light events will be activated from the visualized
networked space. Distributed sensor fields will record the relational
dynamics of the exhibition visitors and send them into the network space.
There will arise a complex, unsurveyable system between individual and
urban activities, between dataspace and realspace, between urban reality
and urban concepts. IO-dencies is an experiment which offers a tool to
negotiate both inside hybrid systems and in a public field.

Beginning in Tokyo, this project will be later developed further in Berlin
and Sao Paulo.

This exhibition is conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Research
and Higher Education of North Rhine Westfalia, Germany, and the Academy of
Media Arts, Cologne, Germany.

<Knowbotic Research (KR+cF)>
KR+cF consists of Christian Huebler, Yvonne Wilhelm and Alexander Tuchacek,
all graduates of Academy of Media Arts, Cologne. The art group regularly
invites people from other fields to participate in their projects, such as
scientists, philosophers and engineers, depending on the concept of each
project. The group intends to construct and develop a new, flexible
information environment distributed in electronic networks, through
conducting research and (artistic) practice. Besides exhibiting and
lecturing at the invitation of many museums and art centers in Europe and
beyond, Knowbotic Research has been awarded a number of media art prizes.
In partnership with the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, KR+cF has founded
Mem_brane, a laboratory for media strategies, in 1995.

<project data>

Title:  ARTLAB7 "IO_DENCIES--questioning urbanity"

Artist:  Knowbotic Research (KR+cF)

Realistion: KR+cF
            Detlev Schwabe (Academy of Media Arts Cologne)

City Research Collaborator: Sota Ichikawa(Architect)


Duration: October 4(sat) through 12(sun), 1997   11:00-20:00

Venue:  Hillside Plaza
        29-10, Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
        (BF of the parking lot of the Hillside Terrace, 3 min. 
         from Daikanyama stn. of Tokyu Toyoko line)

*admission free

URL: http://www.canon.co.jp/cast/

<artist lecture>

Title: "Non-located Events: interventions between the city and electronic

Date: October 9, 7-9pm

Location: Canon ARTLAB(DK Bldg.5F, 7-18-23 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

*admission free/English with Japanese translation/limited 70
  people(reservation required by phone)
*The record of the lecture(English/Japanese) will be shown in CAST homepage
several days after the lecture.

<for detailed information>
please access CAST homepage: http://www.canon.co.jp/cast/

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