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2004 World Technology Awards Winners & Finalists

Yukiko Shikata

Please describe the work that you are doing that you consider to be the most innovative and of the greatest likely long-term significance.

I regard myself as “mediator”, a kind of agency to mediate various different elements such as people, knowledge, objects, and others. “Mediate” here means to connecting, interface, intervene for the new phenomenon or perception, even a small one, which we have not faced so far.

I have been researching media art in broader sense, from the age of reproduction till now, or even before, tracing back to 17th C or earlier. I especially think that the concept and the way of “collage” appeared in early 20th C take very important role in media art, as they have changed the definition of “art work” into relation and process-base, and since then everything has become “resources” to be taken, mixed and open for further transformations. “Media Art” for me is not on “what”(which material) to use, but “how” to combine the various media by thinking “media-specific”.

Since later 80s, I have been in the actual media art scene, as a mediator, to produce the collaborative projects together with artists and computer engineers and official organizations, companies. Reading social, philosophical, and technological timing was very important to produce the works which open the new dimension in history of media art, art and also to human perception and the collaborators themselves. The works and projects would be easy-to-access to anybody, but containing many layers of interpretation, it would be playful but deep in concept at the same time, and so it’s open to the users’ interaction and interpretation.

To regard art as media, and to utilize it to seek the new possibility for the future society, I see myself also as media, so I take several formations, as a curator at Mori Art Museum, as an independent curator, and teaching at universities to realize what I can do only at each context, and I also connect the experience and people, resources beyond them.

What we can perceive in the world is only a part or one dimension, and I would like to raise more imagination of the people to start to think invisible, unperceivable layers of world by meeting media art I produce(it is not necessary that people recognize it as “media art”),..and hope the people would notice that they themselves are “media” with full of unseen, diversed possibility in themselves.

Brief Biography

Yukiko Shikata is an independent media art curator & critic based in Tokyo, currently working as an associate curator of Mori Art Museum(MAM), and a specially-assigned professor at Tokyo Zokei University, guest professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design, and lecturer at Tama Art University, Osaka Seikei University. She also serves as Internationlal Advisory Board member of Transmediale(Berlin) and Curatorial Advisor of eyebeam(NY).

Her curatorial works include a series of producing new media art works at Canon ARTLAB(co-curator, 1990-2001) such as Ulrike Gabriel “Perceptual Arena”(1993), Teiji Furuhashi “LOVERS”(1994, now in the collection of MoMA NY), Seiko Mikami “molecular informatics”(1996), Knowbotic Research “IO_DENCIES”(1997), Carsten Nicolai + Marko Peljhan “polar”(2000), etc. From 1997-2003, as a guest curator of Shiseido CyGnet, she curated many net-based works such as exonemo “DISCODER”(1999), doubleNegatives “planet Former”, etc. Selected curatorial projects include Christian Möeller “Audio Garden”(co-organized by Goethe Institute Tokyo and Wacoal Art Center, co-curated with Kazunao Abe, 1997), Mischa Kuball "Power of Codes - Space for Speech"(the fist contemporary art project in Tokyo National Museum, 1999), online Dutch-Japanese collaboration project “PROTOCOLLISION”(2000), "art.bit collection"(NTT ICC, curatorial support, 2002), "Kingdom of Piracy"(online, co-curated with Shu Lea Cheang, Armin Medosch, 2001-), “OPEN MIND” CD & live(Mori Art Museum, 2002), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer “Amodal Suspension” (2003, opening project of YCAM/Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media), Ilya & Emilia Kabakov “Where is our place?”(Mori Art Museum, 2004), “n_ext: New Generation of Media Art”(co-curated, NTT ICC, 2004), etc.

She has been writing to many magazines and journals and has served as jury member of Prix Ars Electronica(2000, 2003), Walker Art Center(2002), Nam June Paik Award, UNESCO’s Digi-Art Prize(2004), and Steering Committee Member of ISEA2002, participated many symposiums in and out of Japan. Many curated works has been awarded in Prix Ars Electronica and others.