Nakako Hayashi's delicate war against big fashion

Apr 14, 2014

Nakako Hayashi's delicate war against big fashion

The world’s garments might be made in factories, but fashion is made in the media. In an age when trends coalesce and melt away in the time it takes to put a “#” in front of a keyword, an age when fashion has the ...

James Bridle examines war in social-media age

Feb 6, 2014

James Bridle examines war in social-media age

How differently do you think the project would have been viewed if the images of drone-attack sites were printed in a book? Is the context of the social networking site Instagram important? Instagram is important because it’s a place where many people go every ...

Carsten Nicolai makes a tribute to artist Paik

Feb 6, 2014

Carsten Nicolai makes a tribute to artist Paik

How did this work come together? The starting point for “crt mgn” was a performance I did in Tokyo in memory of Korean-American artist Nam June Paik, who died in 2006. In the performance at the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, I held a ...

Making the invisible visible at the Japan Media Arts Festival

Feb 6, 2014

Making the invisible visible at the Japan Media Arts Festival

In 1965, artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006) attached a strong magnet to the top of a television. The crisp image, overpowered by the magnet, folded onto itself in beautiful geometric waves. But it wasn’t meant to be beautiful; it was an attack. “Television has ...

Can big names help the plight of small factories?

Jan 27, 2014

Can big names help the plight of small factories?

The smooth, metallic surface reflects the sunlight coming through the window. Without touching it you can see that this is an object made with great care — even though it came from a factory. I’m inside a shop run by Lexus in Tokyo, but ...

Kenya Hara: the future of design

Jan 4, 2014

Kenya Hara: the future of design

Sitting at a plain white table in a meeting room high up on the 12th floor of a narrow building in central Tokyo, product designer Kenya Hara asks me to picture a shallow plate in my mind. “Now imagine a slightly deeper plate,” Hara ...

Smashing ideas on future design and technology

Oct 28, 2013

Smashing ideas on future design and technology

While contemporary art is still transfixed by its own reflection, veteran Japanese curator Yuko Hasegawa has focused her cultural microscope on something quite different. “Bunny Smash Design to touch the world,” the current group exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, is a ...