Verena Dauerer

For Verena Dauerer's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

JR puts on a show of faces for public causes

Jun 16, 2011

JR puts on a show of faces for public causes

When French photographer-turned-street artist JR visited Tokyo in May, he commented, “I love the vibe here but I don’t see enough art in the street.” His latest project, “Inside Out,” may lead the way to help change this. Earlier this year, JR received the ...

'Film Without Film'

Feb 4, 2011

'Film Without Film'

Vacant Feb. 10-20 10-20 a Yokohama-based artist duo comprising siblings Yuka and Kentaro Shimura, like to explore the early days of film. In one of their previous works, “X-Ray Train,” they took CAT scans of a miniature model of a locomotive. It referenced the ...

Hackers worldwide Kinect with their creative sides

| Jan 19, 2011

Hackers worldwide Kinect with their creative sides

When Kinect, Microsoft’s latest add-on for the Xbox 360 game console, was released worldwide in November 2010, it was the beginning of a success story, but not in the way Microsoft may have been expecting. The peripheral, which uses a camera and motion-capture software ...

Mad knitters take to Tokyo's streets

Dec 30, 2010

Mad knitters take to Tokyo's streets

This November, people strolling through a park in Ebisu, Tokyo, were baffled: Several benches there had been covered with colorful knitwear, many wildly curling around the wooden poles of backrests and armrests. Next to the benches, more wondrous knitted entities were hanging from the ...

A relationship with the city

| Dec 8, 2010

A relationship with the city

I magine you live in a house that communicates with you through an interface resembling the futuristic info-graphics in the science-fiction movie “Minority Report” — where actor Tom Cruise interacted with icons on an holographic touch screen. For example, a kitchen appliance, such as ...

| Aug 25, 2010

Twitter delivers creative way for ad agencies to play

While Twitter itself is still struggling to find a profitable business plan, Japanese ad agencies have quickly embraced the micro-blogging service to create innovative campaigns. This year, Japanese clothing chain Uniqlo has been at the forefront of creating Twitter-based microsites for which they received ...

Making 'BioArt' a cultural practice

Jul 30, 2010

Making 'BioArt' a cultural practice

At this year’s Society for Social Studies Conference at the University of Tokyo, Aug. 25-29, there will be a session on “BioArt,” which begs the question: What would that be? BioArt describes the variety of art forms emerging in the last two decades that ...