Hello World―For the Post-Human Age

February 10, 2018, to May 6, 2018

Art as radar acts as “an early alarm system,” as it were, enabling us to discover social and psychic targets in lots of time to prepare to cope with them.*1

These were the words of media theorist Marshall McLuhan, writing in Understanding Media with sharp insight in the 1960s and predicting the social revolution that new technology would bring. Half a century has now passed since McLuhan published his important work, and the Internet has permeated our society and new technological innovations like artificial intelligence are rapidly advancing. “Any technology tends to create a new human environment.”*2 As McLuhan said, technology generates an entirely new world for mankind. While these changes will open up the door to a new age full of incredible promise, there is apprehension about the various problems and confusion that will also be ushered in. In what ways are artists responding to the positive and negative aspects that technological innovation brings? This exhibition presents the work of seven artists and one artist group from Japan and overseas, who are responding astutely to our current crossroads in history as well as the future. Their work offers us opportunities to think about the future of the society that technology makes.

*1: Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964)
*2: Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy: the Making of Typographic Man(1962)



High School Students' Weeks 2018

March 11, 2018, to April 8, 2018

It is an annual exhibition free invitation project for high school students. At a cafe, which visitors come across in the middle of the gallery during the exhibition period, workshops concerning the exhibition are held and various programs for reading, sewing, etc. can be enjoyed every day. The cafe is not limited to high school students, but anyone can use it.


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