Perspective of Umwelt - Time and Space, Digital Nature and Arts –


Perspective of Umwelt - Time and Space, Digital Nature and Arts –

Using the keyword “Transformation of Material Things in Digital Nature,” Yoichi Ochiai has continued to explore the transition between computers and nature resulted from their seamless relationship. For the festival, he shot high-resolution images of items in the vast collection of the Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History. In addition, using a new media device created to project the images, he depicts the magnificent story of life in Kitakyushu with various media that will envelop and enrapture the audience. Weaving between the ancient and modern, micro and macro, artificial and natural, and digital and analog, he poses big questions such as: “what is this age in which we live?” “What does the uninterrupted history of life mean? ” which explores issues including the relationships between humanities and science, and between the earth and sustainability, from an umwelt (German: the world around) point of view.

3D Phantom Provision: Life is Style Inc.

Please see the details from the following link.


Temporary Closure of Part of the Festival Venues (from May 12)

Due to the government’s Declaration of a State of Emergency, public facilities in Kitakyushu City will be temporarily closed from May 12 to 31, 2021.

In response to this, exhibition schedule of our venues are changed as detailed below.

【Temporary Closure】

Yoichi OCHIAI “Perspective of Umwelt - Time and Space, Digital Nature and Arts –” at Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History and Human History

Exhibition “The Path to Diversity” at Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art

Other festival venues remain open until May 9.

Kindly note that these information are subject to change, depending upon the future circumstances.
Please refer to our website and SNS accounts for updated information.


Media Artist. Born in 1987 in Tokyo. Lives in Tokyo. Received his Ph.D. in Applied Computer Science from the University of Tokyo, the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies. Associate Professor at University of Tsukuba, Director of Research and Development Center for Digital Nature. Exploring the boundaries in "End to End Transformation of Material Things", exploring the boundaries between images and materials, nature and computers, and freely crossing the boundaries of computer science, applied physics, and media arts.

Major exhibitions and honors:
Image and Matter, Kuala Lumpur, 2016
Sehnsucht Nach Masse, Tokyo Amana Square, 2019
Reminiscence of the Unknown, in Shibuya, 2020
World Technology Award 2015
the Prix Ars Electronica 2016
the STARTS Prize from the EU 2016
Laval Virtual Award 5 times for 4 consecutive years until 2017
2019 SXSW Creative Experience ARROW Awards and more.