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Cross-Cultural Computing: An Artist's Journey Cultural Computing
Cross-Cultural Computing: An Artist's Journey

Cross-Cultural Computing: An Artist's Journey

Naoko Tosa


Author Naoko Tosa
Publisher Springer, UK
Released 2016
Price eBook: $69.99
Hardcover: $89.99
ISBN eBook: 978-1-4471-6512-5
Hardcover: 978-1-4471-6511-8
Editors Ryohei Nakatsu,
Naoko Tosa ,
Fazel Naghdy,
Kok Wai Wong,
Philippe Codognet
Publisher Springer
Released 2010/9/27
Price 10,705 yen
ISBN 3642152139

What is Cultural Computing?

In this resarch, we will discuss several serious issues, starting from the topic of art and technology, proceeding to the topic of culture and technology, and finally reaching to the topic of the new world based on the integration of these different concepts where both creators and viewers can reach deep mutual understandings.

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1・Japanese tastes for simple and quiet surroundings(WabiSabi)
2・Relations between Japanese and Asian cultures
3・Assuming the separation of Buddhism and Shintoism as a basis of Japanese cultural structure
4・Peculiar features of Japanese literature such as the 31- syllable poem, Haiku poem, and Noh play
5・Japanese designs (crests, textile, color, form, Noh play and Kabuki)
6・Understanding the depths of feeling and culture from communication through computers
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NAOKO TOSA is an internationally renowned Japanese media artist, born in 1961 in Fukuoka, Japan. After receiving a PhD for Art and Technology Research from the University of Tokyo, she was lecturer at Musashino Art University (1989-1994) and she was researcher at Media Integration & Communication Lab in Advanced Technology Research Labs.(ATR) 1995-2001. She was a fellow at the Centre for Advanced Visual Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 2002 to 2004. Currently she is a professor at Kyoto University and a visiting professor of the National University of Singapore.

NAOKO TOSA as an artist believes in the artistic concept that "various cultures in the world are connected just as one culture from the ancient time of human history at unconsciousness level overcoming nationalism". Connecting this concept to a computer, she has created a new concept called "Cultural Computing", creating a new frontier of art products to lead society to a richer future. Covering a wide range of areas, NAOKO TOSA’s art includes visual art, video art, digital art, sculpture, just to name a few.

Her works are collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the American Film Association, The National Museum of Art, Osaka and the Toyama Prefecture Museum of Modern Art, Nagoya City Art Museum, Takamatsu city museum of Art.

She has exhibited her artworks at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the New York Metropolitan Art Museum and the New York Metropolitan Art Museum, the Long Beach Museum, International Berlin Film Festival New media Division among many locations worldwide.

In 1996, she received the best paper award from the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia. In 1997, the L'Oreal Grand Prix for research combining art and science awarded her First prize. In 2000, she received a prize from the Interactive Art section in ARS Electronica. Also in 2004 she received 2nd prize for Nabi Digital Storytelling Competition of Intangible Heritage, organized by UNESCO2004.

She received a research funding from the agency for cultural affairs in Japan 2000, from Japan Science and Technology Agency2001-2004, from France Telecom R & D 2003-2005, from one of the biggest game company, Taito Corp. (they built "Space Invaders") 2005-2008, from the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) 2005-2008, from NIKON CORPORATION 2009-2010, from Nissan Global Foundation 2011-2012.

copyright(c) 2009 Naoko Tosa All Rights Reserved.