“Media Exprimo”: Exploring a new dimension of information design for people’s media narratives

In the University of Copenhagen
Presentation: March 13th 12:15-15:00
Workshop: March 14th 13:00-16:00
In Aalborg University
Presentation: March 15th 14: 00-17:00
Workshop: March 16th 13:30-16:00


A plan and formation of “media exprimo”: explore a new dimension of information design for people’s media expressions
In this presentation, Sunaga, Mizukoshi and other members will make a rough sketch of their five and half year project with an interactive session: “exprimo mandala”. “exprimo mandala” will visualize the interdisciplinary formation of project’s members as “mandala” of Buddhist symbolism, and will make audience to participate in the universe of “exprimo” dynamically.


“DJ (Denmark – Japan) workshop”
An experimental workshop: “DJ workshop” will be held in the afternoon of March 13th in Copenhagen University and 16th in Aalborg University. It is a kind of workshop for collective media expressions in the context of cross cultural understanding between Denmark and Japan. The program of “DJ workshop” will be a tangible and analogue way using participants’ photo images of both countries, although it consists of essential factors to develop digital technological systems for encouraging people’s media expressions.

about “media exprimo”

“Media exprimo” is an interdisciplinary research project on information platform design for people’s alternative media narratives.
Japan’s information society has enjoyed an affluent diffusion of internet, mobile media, and other digital media from mid 1990s. Recently, many people use digital media to generate and exchange various and numerous narratives and visual expressions in the form of Blogs and Social Network Services. In contrast to numerous “private” communications and various “commercial” services, there has been little space for “public” communications via digital media in Japan. Japanese people’s media narratives have been dominated by private and commercial communications.
The purpose of “media Exprimo” is to develop a new technological and cultural platform system empowering people to engage in public communications in a historically regimented society of Japan. In this project, researchers in information design, interface and network engineering, knowledge support system, and socio-media studies will collaborate to apply a new methodology called “critical media practice.”
“Media Exprimo” is a contract research of CREST (Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) for five and half year from October 2006. This is one of the research teams of “Foundation of Technology Supporting the Creation of Digital Media Contents” set by JST in 2004. The formal title of “media exprimo” is “Platform Design for Emerging ‘People’s Art’.”

Core Research Members:

– Research Director:
Takeshi Sunaga : Professor of Information Design, Tama Art University (tamabi)
> Home Page of Information Design Department
– Group leaders of Sunaga team:
Takuichi Nishimura : Researcher of Real World Oriented Interaction and Computer Supported Collaborative Work, Information Technology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
> Takuichi Nishimura’s Home Page
Koichi Hori : Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Support System, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), The Univ. of Tokyo
> Home Page of Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Shin Mizukoshi : Associate Professor of Media Studies and Media Literacy, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies (iii), The Univ. of Tokyo
> MoDe (Mobiling & Designing Project)
> Shin Mizukoshi’s Home Page

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