[#KeepgoingTOGETHER] Vol. 24 AICA JAPAN 2020 Symposium "Culture / Earth / Transformation – The World to Come and The Emergence of New Art" - EU・ジャパンフェスト日本委員会

[#KeepgoingTOGETHER] Vol. 24 AICA JAPAN 2020 Symposium “Culture / Earth / Transformation – The World to Come and The Emergence of New Art”

Yukiko Shikata |AICA, the executive committee of symposium, Chairman

1. Impressions of your online distribution

We were able to conduct the whole session smoothly with three participants at the studio and three online participants (our president also stayed online for the session to deliver an opening remark as well as the concluding speech). We heard from the audience later that the discussion went very smooth without making them feel the distance between studio and online participants. We were also able to receive real-time feedback from the audience through Twitter, which was introduced by Ukawa Naohiro, the president of Dommune. Ukawa’s own comments also helped us extend the scope of the discussion. Overall, we received a very good response to the event through twitter as well as from people we know.

From the left: Ms Kimura, Ms Hasegawa, Ms Shikata

2. Fruition and Challenge Acquired through Online Activities

We had, in the end, a cumulative total of 11,253 viewings on Dommune’s official site and 5,423 on YouTube Super Chat. This is much more than we can draw to a symposium that takes place at an actual venue. That we were able to receive comments from the audience through Twitter was also peculiar to the online format. We also made the video recording of the event available to the public from the day after. We think we were able to draw a wider range of audience including the ones who are interested in mass or sub-culture because of the collaboration with Dommune. This was the first online event for AICA Japan and turned out to be a very meaningful event for us in terms of promoting our presence widely and replacing our old image with a new one for people, including ourselves, who have known our activities.

From the left: Mr Okazaki (participated remotely, on the screen),
Ms Kimura, Ms Hasegawa, Ms Shikata

3. Utilization and Development of Online Live Streaming for Forthcoming Activities

The experience of this symposium made us realize the importance of the online distribution of public events. We would like to further pursue the possibility of using the online distribution system for future events and make them accessible for a wider variety of audience. In the meantime, we would also like to establish an archive of the recordings or other documentary materials of those events to make them available for future researchers. As for this particular symposium, we have asked Kurose Yohei, an art critic, to write a review while the president Hayashi is planning to write a more general statement in response to the symposium. These articles will be uploaded on our website in June.


S/U/P/E/R DOMMUNE special cooperation
AICA JAPAN 2020 Symposium “Culture / Earth / Transformation – The World to Come and The Emergence of New Art”

  • Date:  16 May 2020
  • Contents: 
    AICA JAPAN 2020 Symposium “Culture / Earth / Transformation – The World to Come and The Emergence of New Art” bears the following socio-cultural significances:
    ・This is the first online symposium in the history of AICA JAPAN.
    ・AICA JAPAN regards this new method of organizing the symposium to be an effective tool to make its activities known to a broader public.
    ・The symposium tries to explore the new possibility and role of art in the rapidly changing society.
    ・The theme of the symposium gained new significance under the Covid-19 crisis.
    ・Since this streaming is co-organized by the SUPER DOMMUNE, a cutting-edge live streaming studio & channel of arts and culture, we can expect a large number of access and active feedback through SNS.
    ・Panelists : Dominique Chen, Ai Hasegawa, Kenjiro Okazaki, Eriko Kimura, Fumihiko Sumitomo
    ・Moderator : Yukiko Shikata
  • Promotion tool: 
    AICA Official Websie・Facebook・Twitter
    SUPER DOMMUNE(coorganizer of the live streaming) Official Website
    Peatix(Pre-registration for the offline event, before the plan had to be changed) 
  • Distribution tool: YouTube Channel of SUPER DOMMUNE Archive
  • Number of the audience: 16,576 (on the day)