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Bairdcast Media: a history of machine translation

Yuko Mohri - /sLab artist in residence


a history of machine translation

a history of machine translation

a history of machine translation



Photography Louise Hepworth

Yuko Mohri

Japanese artist Yuko Mohri offers her own perspective on our broadcasting heritage and shared future.

Discovery Museum
February 29th – March 9th 2008
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 17:00
Sunday 14:00 – 17:00

Artist Talk
Tuesday 4th, March 2008
18:00 – 19:30
International Centre for Art and New Technologies
Imrychova 882, 143 00
Praha 4

Artist Talk
Saturday 8th, March 2008
13:00 – 13:45
Ashburne House, Ryhope Road
Sunderland SR2 7EF
Tel: 0191 515 2046

Yuko Mohri interview – live On-Air radio studio NE1FM for AV Festival 08
Friday 7th, March 2008 @ 11am –

A unique residency and exhibition project by young emerging Japanese media artist Yuko Mohri, Bairdcast Media: a history of machine translation explores the early history of broadcast media in the United Kingdom, and more specifically the inventions of John Logie Baird, a pioneer in the development of television and its relation to new media, during this hugely significant period of transition in broadcasting given the switch from analogue to digital television.

Yuko Mohri has already gained international recognition for her work and is set to become a leading figure on the international media art scene. In her works she concentrates on the application of physical phenomena, like sound and magnetism, to art and on the research of media theory. One of her most recent projects “Vexations – Composition in Progress (c.i.p.)” a co-production with Soichiro MIHARA, was shown at Yamaguchi Centre for Arts and Media (YCAM) in 2005 and went on to win second prize at transmediale06, Berlin. The work also received an Honorary Mention in the Interactive Art category at Prix Ars Electronica.

/sLab is pleased to be able to bring this exciting new talent to the United Kingdom for the first time in collaboration with the prestigious new Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music.

Bairdcast Media: a history of machine translation is a /sLab project commissioned and produced in partnership with AV festival 08 and Emma Ota. Project curated by Keith Whittle, Iain Logie Baird, National Media Museum – Bradford and Emma Ota.

Supported by /sLab, AV festival 08, The National Media Museum, Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Asia-Europe Foundation, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Foundation and powers of 2

The AV Festival is an international festival of electronic arts, and features visual art, music and moving image. A biennial event, the festival takes place in Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

Passing Beneath the Surface

Scanner - Passing Beneath the Surface

Scanner – British artist Robin Rimbaud traverses the experimental terrain between sound, space, image and form, creating absorbing, multi-layered sound pieces that twist technology in unconventional ways. From his early controversial work using found mobile phone conversations, through to his focus on trawling the hidden noise of the modern metropolis as the symbol of the place where hidden meanings and missed contacts emerge, his restless explorations of the experimental terrain have won him international admiration from amongst others, Bjork, Aphex Twin and Stockhausen

Passing Beneath the Surface explores the idea of place and identity of the city of Sunderland, working with archive recordings of local residents over the last decade, exposing threads of narrative, which reflect the changing nature of the city and the urban place.

Embracing both the cultural and the historical, the city and its regeneration, this work appraises the geographies people inhabit, visit, defend, destroy – and overlook; offering a rethink of both lived and built space.

Commissioned, curated and produced by /sLab in association with Living History North East

Supported by Sunderland arc

Floating World 2 Floating Point

Hide Nakaya, Senior Commentator “Digital Stadium” aka ‘Digista’, NHK

Exploring Contemporary Japanese Media Art

This Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation funded research project looks at the current Japanese media art scene from the point of view of Japanese curators, academics, distributors, commentators, producers and artworkers in the field, through interviews, collated information and documentation. The aims are to gain an insight into the methodology of media art practice within Japan, understand better the curatorial practice of Japanese curators for exhibiting ‘Media Art’, canvas the opinions of Japanese media art practitioners on how their work is represented at home and abroad, and to achieve a better critical overview of the essential differences or similarities of approach to media art practice in Japan as compared to the United Kingdom.

Drawing upon a rich vain of expertise from participating institutions and individuals, background research into the traditional applied arts of Japan and an overview of the influence of Western culture on Japan since the Meiji era, this project aims to highlight some of the key historical, political, social and cultural factors that have contributed to the distinct characteristics of Japanese media art and its international appeal.

Participants in the research include:

Professor Masaki Fujihata, Dean, Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

Professor Machiko Kusahara, Researcher, Curator and Media Art Theorist. School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University.

Ryota Kuwabuko, Media Artist

Hide Nakaya, Senior Commentator “Digital Stadium” aka ‘Digista’, NHK’

Professor Machiko Kusahara, Researcher, Curator and Media Art Theorist. School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University.

Takashi Serizawa, Executive Director P3 art and environment, Curator, Yokohama Triennale 2005

Minim ++, Media Art duo, co-Lab, Keio University

Dr. Tomoyuki Sugiyama, President, Digital Hollywood University

Project website launch April 2008