In the international community of media art, Japanese media artists are often criticized for having a positive attitude in regard to technology rather than being critical. It is true that playfulness is often appreciated in Japanese media art, and there is no clear border between art and entertainment, or with popular culture. Why is that so? Is it wrong to appreciate technology? The paper discusses the cultural and historical background of Japanese media art that leads to a proposal of “Device Art,’ a new concept in media art.
- Machiko Kusahara, Tokyo, Japan. Scholar, lecturer, author, curator, Professor, School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University. and Visiting Professor, Department of Design’Media Arts, UCLA.