CRITICAL MEDIA and the Faculty of Art,
Ontario College of Arts & Design
presents “Art Creates Change”
April 8, 2002 6pm @ The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. West
“When Robots get emotional” – Machiko Kusahara in conversation with Norman White
Takashi Koezuka Consul General of Japan inaugurates the event. The Japanese/Canadian Xchange2 project examines the attitude to and the use of robotics in varied cultural environments. Machiko Kushara has an international reputation on the topic of the Japanese robotic culture and Norman White is Canada’s most outstading artist involved with robots. In the dialogue proposed between Kushara and White current issues will be examined and discussed such as the new push in Japanese robotics toward “emotional” sophistication. The Toronto event, hosted by the Ontario College of Art and Design forms a part of a well advertised series with a large audience.
Kobe University Graduate School of
Science and Technology Rokko,
Nada, Kobe 657 JAPAN
Machiko Kusahara is an internationally recognized curator in media art and is an Associate Professor of Media Research in Kobe University Graduate School of Science and Technology. With her background both in art, science and technology, she has been teaching computer graphics, multimedia and media study since 1985. She has been invited to teach regularly at both IAMAS and IMI, Japan’s major schools of media art, since the beginning. She has been an active researcher and writer on the subject of new media since 1984.
Norman White is an artist and an inventor with a special interest in obsolete technology and robotics. He began teaching at OCAD in 1978 and since 1988, Norman has been working with his students at OCAD to present the annual Sumo Robot Challenge. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, May 4th at the Ontario Science Centre. In his own words, the event is an extension of his interest in “…build(ing) machines which bash, taunt and insult each other.”
The first phase of the Japanese/Canadian Xchange2 project by Critical Media has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts with the assistance of the Japan/Canada Fund, a gift to the Canada Council for the Arts from the Government of Japan.