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The 378th Ginza Graphic Gallery Exhibition Yoichiro Kawaguchi: THE INTELLIGENCE OF LIFE

January 30, 2020 - March 19, 2020

design: Kazumasa Nagai
design: Kazumasa Nagai
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Yoichiro Kawaguchi is an international trailblazer in the field of art using computer graphics. Throughout his career he has used programming and mathematical simulations of the birth, growth, and evolution of the forms of living things to create artistic life forms that inhabit the distant future, 500 million years from now. His artistic endeavors over the last half century are imbued with respect for the life forms that have survived by adapting to their environments over a seemingly eternal stretch of time.

Imagining the world in 500 million years entails envisaging how life will survive until such a time in the far distant future. The intelligence of life that has survived the past 500 million years is the very pivotal element of the evolution of the living things around us, and essentially nature’s gift of knowledge to help humankind survive the next 500 million years.

This exhibition presents the “swimming,” “walking,” and “flying” artistic life forms of the future, as well as recent drawings, among other works. We invite you to enjoy Kawaguchi’s world filled with rich colors and vibrance and the diversity of the intelligence of life.


DNP Ginza Building 1F/B1
7-2, Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
TEL: 03-3571-5206 / FAX: 03-3289-1389
Open hours: 11:00am - 7:00pm.
Closed on Sundays and holidays
Admission free

●As a related exhibition, three-dimensional works exhibits will be displayed at the DNP PLAZA in Ichigaya, Tokyo.
 [Exhibition period] January 8, 2020 (Wed.) ~ March 16, 2020 (Mon.)
  *Please Notice: The period is different from the ggg Exhibition.

DNP Ichigaya-Tamachi Buiding
14-1, Ichigaya-Tamachi 1-chome, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0843
DNP PLAZA (http://plaza.DNP/)
TEL: 050-3170-0903
Open hours: 11:00am - 8:00pm.
Closed on Tuesdays and facility inspection date
* In addition to the above holidays, we may be closed for operational reasons.
   Please check the information on the website of DNP PLAZA.

Gallery Talk

Date: Fabruary 14, 2020 (Fri.) 6:30 –8:00pm
Speaker: Yoichiro Kawaguchi and Nobuko Nakano (neuroscientist)
Venue: 3F, DNP Ginza Building
Admission free, Reservation required, 70 seats available
* Booking starts from January 30 at 11:00am.
*The talk will be in Japanese only.

Opening Party

Date: January 30, 2020 (Thu.) 5:30 –7:00pm
Venue: ginza graphic gallery / DNP Ginza Bldg. 2F

Yoichiro Kawaguchi

Artist and emeritus professor of the University of Tokyo.
Born on Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, Yoichiro Kawaguchi began research in creating designs using programming and computer graphics in 1976, just as the age of computer graphics was beginning, and went on to garner international attention with his unique works drawing on technological methods based on mathematical algorithms. From around year 2000, Kawaguchi’s research project exploring interactive art, “Gemotion,” became one of the pioneer projects that opened the way to the world of VR and AR application and projection mapping.
He was a participating artist at the Japan Pavilion for the 1995 Venice Biennale, and has received a number of major awards in international contests since the 1980s, including a L’Oréal Art & Science Foundation Grand Prize, the Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement at ACM Siggraph 2010, and a Prix D’Honneur at the festival Bains Numériques in France in 2018. In the same year he was also inducted into the Siggraph Academy. The awards he has received in Japan include the Minister of Education's Art Encouragement Prize, and the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon, both in 2013. He was a founder of the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ Japan Media Arts Festival and first chair of the overall judging panel, and currently holds positions as chairman of the Digital Content Association of Japan, director of the Kirishima Open-Air Museum, and chairs numerous judging panels for media-related contests, among other roles.