MIT Museum Main Gallery "Thinkapalooza"
Oct 24 - Nov 13, 2003
Opening: Oct 24 6-8pm
N52-200, 265 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm
Closed Mondays and holidays
Supported in part by:
Advanced Telecommunication Research Laboratories
Japan Science Technology Foundation "Interaction & Intelligence"
France Telecom R&D
Laboratories of Image Information Science and Technology
MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies
ZENetic Computer is an interactive experience that evokes "self-awakening," a particular cognitive response to processing reality via subliminal consciousness. It uses stories portrayed in sumie (ink painting), haiku and kimono which display features of Eastern philosophy, and Zen in particular. Museum visitors create their own sumie and stories on large rice paper screen, while learning about Zen, Japanese art, and themselves. The artist guides visitors toward an altered mindstate. It is the collaborative work of Seigo Matsuoka, a director of Editorial Engineering Labs in Tokyo, and Naoko Tosa, a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT. Music by Toshinori Kondo, an improvisational Jazz trumpeter. ZENetic Computer will travel to Kyoto Culture Museum (Japan) Nov 11 - 30, 2003, and Kodaiji - Zen Temple (Kyoto, Japan) May 6 - 31, 2004 and around the world.