Design portal site, “CBCNET” which provides information about art and design, invited active artists and designers from all kinds of fields to hold a creative event called, “APARTMENT“. The event was filled with people from all over, telling us that people have a great interest in design and art and great anticipation for APARTMENT.

The first presenter for this event “Semitransparent Design” has a characteristic that makes the best use of graphic and network technology. Their famous projects would be websites for “Adam et rope’” and “EPOCA</A". They explained the concepts and interlude about the web sites and T-shirts from their projects for the presentation. It was also very interesting to see one of their latest art book projects, which will be published soon. They took a picture of "QR code", and then they put this picture's information into the computer to convert it, so that you could see graphics between the "QR code"

The next presenter was graphic designer Takeshi Hamada who has previously designed Shift’s cover and is the creator of “Tigermagazine“. He presented the course of “Tiger” which was based on one of the projects from the art college he went to in Germany, and also explained why it is very important to dwell on original layout when designing something.

Hatos/Normalization” performed a visual presentation, and live drawing, as well as a song. The images on the screen showed their project on the table in real time, and at the same time those strange graphics from the live drawings created a smoky effect on the screen. The audience was into the mysterious atmosphere.

The last presenter always produces exciting projects Toshio Iwai. He is known from an installation of interactive light and sound and collaboration performance with Ryuichi Sakamoto which received a grand prix award in the interactive art section from “Ars Electronica“. Even though many of his projects could be seen in public, it was really rare to get the chance to see a presentation from this active and respected artist. He presented images from his first project that related with a real incident from his youth, and explained the concepts for his last projects. At the end, he performed a song with a new digital module and sequencer that had a shape we’ve never seen. This new tool is now being developed collaboratively with YAMAHA.

Each artist gave a stimulating presentation and performance, and the sub title of this event, “BUZZ” was the right word for this exciting event. It sure was a great experience for everybody, but especially for those designers and artists interested in the future to touch and listen to great ideas and creativity from today’s hot artists. The next event hasn’t been announced, but we should not take eyes off from the next “APARTMENT”.

Date : May 24th, 2005 18:30-
Place: Super Deluxe
Participating artists: Toshio Iwai, Takeshi Hamada, Semitransparent Design, Hatos/Normalization

Text: Yasuharu Motomiya
Photos: Photoperformer Pas
Translation: Mai Kato

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