Exhibition of Media Art from Japan and ASEAN “Media/Art Kitchen – Reality Distortion Field”

Photo of Waiting Room
© Umeda Tetsuya "Waiting Room", 2012


In commemoration of the 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation in 2013, the Japan Foundation organizes a media art exhibition in four countries in Southeast Asia through collaboration among young artists and curators from this region and Japan.

The exhibition and related programs will present interdisciplinary media art in the widest sense of the word and encompass genres such as film, digital video, anime, photography, sound, and performance (physical expression) considering the specific conditions of each venue city; namely Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Bangkok.

“What is media art?” - A group of young Japanese and Southeast Asian curators jointly refine the concept of the exhibition through surveys and discussions to present today’s meaning of media art. The special website has been launched to share the process leading up to the exhibition and discussions with wider audiences.

Exhibition Periods and Venues

Jakarta (Indonesia)
Period September 5 - 15, 2013
Venues Galeri Nasional Indonesia; Kineforum (Screening Program)
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Period October 6 - 20, 2013
Venues Black Box, Map KL; Art Row, Publika
Manila (The Philippines)
Period November 8 - 24, 2013
Venues Ayala Museum; 98B; Green Papaya Art Projects
Bangkok (Thailand)
Period December 21, 2013 - February 16, 2014
Venue Bangkok Art and Culture Centre



  • Ade Darmawan  Director, Ruangrupa
  • M. Sigit Budi. S  Director, Serrum


  • Adeline Ooi  Independent curator / writer
  • Suzy Sulaiman  Director, Digital Art + Culture Festival (DA+C) / Lecturer, Limkokwing University

The Philippines

  • Dayang Yraola  Collection Manager, University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology
  • Lian Ladia  Independent curator / writer


  • Pichaya Suphavanij  Head of Exhibition Section / Curator, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre [BACC]
  • Nikan Wasinondh  Independent curator


  • Charmaine Toh  Programme Director, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film


  • Nguyen Trinh Thi  Director, Hanoi DOCLAB


  • Okamura Keiko  Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
  • Aida Daiya  Chief Educator, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
  • Hattori Hiroyuki  Curator, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre [ACAC], Aomori Public University

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