The Tsukuba Media Art Festival 2016 – fun for the whole family – and the five-senses! – at the Tsukuba Art Museum (Thru December 4th)
By Avi Landau
A visit to The Tsukuba Museum Of Art is almost always a stimulating and worthwhile experience. Whether for a show of one of the surprisingly impressive local art circles (which could be of painting, sculpture, calligraphy, photography, crafts etc.), student exhibitions (either university or high school) or to see the works of famous or not- so- famous professionals.
One of my favorite of the museum`s annual exhibitions (though it is still only in its third year) is the Tsukuba Media Art Festival – Science and Art, which opened this past Saturday the 26th and will run through the 4th.
I guess I`ve always had a soft-spot for contemporary art, which if not always beautiful in a traditional sense, can at its best be eye-opening, exciting, disturbing and most importantly extremely funny – making you laugh out loud. It can also get you to look at life and the world around you in new ways.
And though I wouldn`t say that this year`s showing has gotten me to rethink the universe, it is an experience for all your senses, fun for the whole family, short and sweet and perfectly representative of Tsukuba – the “Science City”.
Oh – and it did get me to laugh out loud a few times!
The Tsukuba University students and alumni who have created the works (or are just helping out there) will do their best to explain each installation in English – though you`ll probably come away thinking that a school which is making such strides in technology and design will have to try to take their language instruction program to a better level!