xLAB Program

Symposium & Exhibition Symposium & Exhibition 2018.07.29 (SUN) 13:30 @Miraikan

This year’s xLAB Summer Program will hold a special symposium and exhibition at Miraikan, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. This event aims to discuss the possibility of collaboration with a wide range of industries and expansion of the area handled by architecture in terms of “mobility” which is the theme of this year’s summer program. Moreover, from the viewpoint of connecting art and science through exhibition, artists will showcase the shape of the city experientially through visualization of data.


In examining 21st century urban design, the city must not only address the physical environment but it must also consider the technical environment, including information space. While urban design has conventionally dealt with static “space,” it is now equally important to handle “time,” the base mode of information space.

xLAB × Miraikan Symposium is a forum to discuss the new urban design paradigm of “time-space.” Through discussing design methods of architecture, urban design, technology, business, and art, the symposium will investigate the transformation of Tokyo into a 21st Century city. A leading city of the 20th Century, Tokyo is currently as the forefront of various problems faced by many cities, including an aging population and overall population decline. These factors plus a highly developed urban system, Tokyo is an optimal test site for the future of the city.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “Movement:Mobility.” Using time as the main factor, “Movement:Mobility” will discuss the development of new modes of transportation like autonomous vehicles, the mobilization of place through the sharing economy, and mobility without physical moving. The symposium will broaden the concept of “mobility”through discussions of technology development, like information space mobility, and address how cities can use contemporary design methods to diversify mobility on an urban scale.

Symposium will be held with the format called “Big Table”.

There are 3 panels (Alternative Mobility, Computational Mobility, Non-Physical Mobility). Each panel will have 4 presenters: 3 panelists + 1 MC. Each presenter will give a 5 minute presentation on “New Mobility in Tokyo,” totalling 20 mins. After the presentations, the MC will open the discussion to all 31 participants for 40 mins. This format will be repeated for each of the 3 panel. The audience surrounds the “Big Table” and is invited to participate during the 40min discussion portions.

Whether by foot, horse, locomotive, car, boat, or plane, as civilization has evolved, so too has humans’ means of transport.These forms of mobility have defined the environment in which we live. Now in the 21st Century, alternative ways of traveling have deviated from existing frameworks of mobility, ranging from segways to hyperloops and other innumerable proposals. In Panel01, we will discuss this diversification of mobility and its impact of cities.

Greg Lynn(MC)(Greg Lynn FORM chairperson、Piaggio Fast Foward)
Eric Baczuk(Google)
Fumihiko Nakamura(Executive・Vice President at Yokohama National University)
Koji Toyoshima(Chief Enginieer EV Business Planning Dept.Technoiogy Development Management Div.)

*You can see further information of each guest by clicking their names.

The rise of autonomous mobility, in conjunction with the evolution of AI, has the possibility to fundamentally change large-scale urban systems like road, parking lots, and public space. Computation Mobility broadens the thinking of mobility from the moving of people and things from to and from specific places to a dynamic system of intelligent mobility linked to information networks. Panel 02 will discuss the possibility of this computational mobility and the dynamic future environments it can create.

Ryosuke Shibasaki(MC)(Professor, Center for Spatial Information Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Andrew Witt(Professor Asistant at GSD)
Emily Castor Warren(Senior Director of Policy & Public Affairs at Lime)
Masaaki Mochimaru(Manager of Digital Human Research Group)

*You can see further information of each guest by clicking their names.

Accompanying the development of information technology, the expansion of information space and its subsequent integration with physical space has brought new possibilities the environments in which we live. While originally mobility focused on movement in physical space, it must now adapt to a future where physical and non-physical space have merged. Panel 03 will discuss how to redefine mobility in a hyperspace where real and virtual images, and place and time coexists. New possibilities for our environment are created at the intersection of information and space.

Kouta Minamizawa(MC)(Assistant Professor at Keio Media Design)
Masashi Kawashima(Niantic Asia-Vice President/Executive Producer)
Kunihiko Morinaga(CEO of ANREALAGE )
Olga Kisseleva(Head of Art&Science Institute and a Member of the High Scientific Committee of Sorbonne. )

*You can see further information of each guest by clicking their names.

<Discussion Participants>
Kengo Kuma(Professor at The University of Tokyo Department of Architecture)
Atsushi Deguchi(Professor at Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo)
Hitoshi Abe(Professor at xLAB, UCLA)
Toshiki Hirano(Assistant professor at The University of Tokyo Department of Architecture)
Kaz Yoneda(Assistant professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Keio University)
Tak Umezawa(Tokyo Olympic Committee)
Michael Osman(UCLA – Architecture)
George Abe(UCLA – School of Management)
Manabu Chiba (Chiba Manabu Architects)
Yasuaki Onoda(Tohoku University)
Tatsuya Matsui(Flower Robotics)
Keisuke Toyoda(Chair person of noiz)
Fumihiko Nakamura(Yokohama National University)
Yuichiro Takeuchi(SONY CSL)
Jorg Noennig(Hafencity Universität)
Cihangir Istek(Co*Design Center, Osaka University)
Brendan F.D. Barrett(Co*Design Center, Osaka University)
Yukiko Shikata(Curator and Critic)
Mahoro Uchida(Keio University – Policy Managment)
Yutaka Shikata(Shinkenchiku-sha: Editor-in-Chief “Shinkenchiku“)
Shinobu Nakanishi(Executive Director, Miraikan)

*You can see further information of each guest by clicking their names.

【Event Outline】
Date and Time:Sunday, July 29th, 2018 13:30〜17:30(13:00 door opens)
Venue:7th Floor Innovation Hall, Miraikan(2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
Entrance Fee:Free
Venue Capacity:156 people(First come)
Please apply from the link below.The deadline for the application is Wednesday, July 25th.
*Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. We will stop accepting applications once all the seats are taken.


Along with the symposium at Miraikan, an art exhibition, “CONNECTING DATASCAPE” will be open to the public for 2 days as a part of the “Mobility” event of the xLAB2018.

“CONNECTING DATASCAPE” will be open to the public for 2 days as a part of the “Mobility” event of the xLAB 2018, along with the symposium at Miraikan. This exhibition introduces the creativity of art into the aspect of “Mobility” – industry, society, communication, and reality, which is drastically transforming due to the progress of science and technology. Nao Tokui + Qosmo dealing with the movement of virtual “places” via network and Olga Kisseleva visualizing the ecology of cities such as transportation and environmental information. Both artists will experimentally present possible form of the city from the viewpoint of connecting art and science.

Machine Learning connects the Google Street View pictures to landscape pictures of high similarity and continuity, and an unreal townscape is being composed: e.g. Moving instantly from Shibuya to Times Square in NY, and when facing right, it leads you to the streets of Paris, and you are finally back to Shibuya. Space sensation of an experiencing person starts fluctuating. Together with the muddled feeling of virtual and real, far and near, homogeneity and diversity, the experiencing person will become a “digital walker (Flaneur)” of the city.


《DATASCAPE PARIS》(2015〜2018)/Olga Kisseleva
“DATASCAPE PARIS” is an interactive work produced by collaboration with CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) in COP 21 (the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) held in Paris in 2015. We adapt three ways: data visualization, mobility analysis, future hints, and let the city of Paris be represented in real time via an evolving database (urban development, link between city and future and mobility). New data on ‘mobility’ will be added to this exhibition.


【Event Outline】
Date and Time:From July 28th to 29th, 2018 10:00〜17:00
Venue:7th Floor studio, Miraikan(2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
Admission Free
Planning and Production:AMIT Committee
– Curator : Yukiko Shikata
– Producer : Atsuko Yamamoto
– Production : BOCTOK.Inc

Nao Tokui
Founder & CEO, Qosmo Inc. / Media Artist / DJ
Visiting Associate Professor at Kyushu University
Born in 1976, Tokui received his PhD from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems (EEIS), Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo. After pursuing his research and creative interest as a visiting research fellow at Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Paris, founded Qosmo in 2009. He is exploring the potential expansion of creativity through the symbiosis between AI and humans. Recent works include the production of a music video of a song by Brian Eno using AI, and “AI DJ “ a live performance featuring an Artificial Intelligence DJ playing alongside a human DJ (Tokui, himself), taking turns selecting and playing one song at a time, in Japan and overseas.

Established in 2009. By Incorporating algorithms in the process of creation, Qosmo practices the expression which brings new awareness and perspectives. The name “Cosmo”comes from Cosmos which have both meanings of “System of the Universe” and “Innocent Flowers”. In recent years they have been working on AI and algorithmic design, with the motto of Computational Creativity and Beyond.

Olga Kisseleva
Media Artist
Olga Kisseleva was born in 1965 in Saint Petersburg (Russia).
She is an internationally renowned artist. Her main exhibitions include: Modern Art Museum (Paris, France), KIASMA (Helsinki, Finland), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid, Spain) La Fondation Cartier for contemporary art (Paris, France), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain), Art Institute (Chicago, USA), National Centre for Contemporary Art (Moscow), Louvre Museum (Paris), as well as Dakar Biennale (2002), Tirana Biennale (2003), Moscow Biennale (2011), Istanbul Biennial (2013), Berlin Biennale (2014), Venice Biennale (2015)…

Olga Kisseleva works are a part of 25 most important museum’s collections, like Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), Louis Vuitton Foundation (Paris, France), ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany) Moscow museum of modern art (Moscow, Russia), National Center For Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia), Getty Centre (Los Angeles, CA) Museum of Modern Since 2000 Olga Kisseleva teaches contemporary art in the Sorbonne University (Paris). Since 2007 she is Head of Art&Science Institute and a Member of the High Scientific Committee of Sorbonne.

Collaborated by:xLAB UCLA, Department of architecture and Department of socio-cultural environmental studies at the University of Tokyo, Shinkenchikusha, General Foundation Yoshiokabunkoikueikai, Miraikan
Sponsored by:Mitsui Fudosan, Hitachi, Ltd., Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Cooperated by:Institut Français Tokyo

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