A look at communication design from the position of the interface

The theme of this exhibition, "the future of the interface," was chosen to reflect the particular cultural diverseness of today’s information society. On display are a variety of works from the fields of film, photography, animation, sound, architectural sculpture, product design and others, selected based on the principles of "art + physical expression" as an original discipline pioneered by YCAM. A total of eight artists/units from Japan, America, Netherlands, and Spain present their newest pieces of art and design – including commissioned works – at several points across the venue.

The exhibition’s title reflects a pursuit of possible interfaces that avoid language to enable user interaction through intuitive physical sensation and perception, as opposed to interaction based on verbal information and guidance provided to the user/viewer. User interaction that is created this way stimulates our interest in the information systems and processes that have produced these artworks, while at once suggesting the potentials of interfaces in the definition of a new relationship between information and art. Considering ”interfaces”, which did not exist in artistic expression prior to the emergence of advanced information technology, as the first essential (minimum) component of media art and information design, this exhibition further aims to be a point of departure for a search for new temporal and spatial possibilities opened up by way of informative art.

Highlights of the Exhibition

Connections established through media and the human body

The term “interface” is generally used to refer to a device that a person uses for navigating a computer. The keyboard, for example, connects the user’s thoughts with the computer, functioning as a writing tool instead of a pen, but from a different point of view, one can also interpret it as an instrument that expands the abilities of the human body by way of the act of writing. Different ideas and systems are interlinked through the existence of an “inter-face”, and the resulting communication makes us aware of new body sensations and images we aren’t normally conscious of, while highlighting the connections between body and mind. By approaching the dynamic relationship of the body and its perceptions from the viewpoint of interface-based perceptive affordance, this exhibition aims to showcase the variety of spatial setups effected by the artworks on display. Visitors are invited to experience visually, acoustically and tactually some truly unique ideas for interfaces connecting media technology and the human body.

An exhibition to design the relationship between artworks and audiences

"Minimum Interface" tackles the subject matter with the aim to encourage a redefinition of the relationship between exhibit and audience, and to review the role of an art center. Regarding the navigation plan for the exhibition as a meta-interface for the works on display, the event proposes an original interpretation of the presence and flow of information at the venue from this perspective. The show adopts a unique interface/navigation tool for the entire exhibition space, designed by the partaking members of Leading Edge Design, as an attempt to give visitors an opportunity to discover and unlock new channels of sensation and active conception.