Reflektionen über ditigale Identitäten und transnationale Erfahrungen
metttazzzine & metttafestival

Auf dem Key-Visual von "metttazzzine" sind sechs junge Personen zu sehen. Sie scheinen diverse Hintergründe zu haben und wirken entspannt. Zwei davon sind im Vordergrund und bedienen ihre Smartphones. Zwischen den beiden Personen steht: "Who are we on social media?" © Goethe-Institut Tokyo

Wer sind wir in den Sozialen Medien? Der These folgend, dass wir Identitäten erschaffen, indem wir sie erzählen, gehen die Goethe-Institute in Ostasien bis Ende 2022 dieser Frage nach. Das Instagram-Magazin metttazzzine interviewt digital natives, während metttafestival wissenschaftliche und künstlerische Positionen dazu zusammenführt.

Tickets für metttafestival: https://goethe-tokyo.peatix.com/

#metttafestival

Timetable


B1, 13:30-14:20 JST
Opening lecture “Who are we on social media?”

Michael FACIUS
greeting by Peter ANDERS (Director, Goethe-Institut Tokyo)

B1, 14:30-15:50 JST
Intro talk “tttriptychon: social media as an artist's tool”

Marie HAHNE, Michael FACIUS, moderation: Hannah JANZ
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Performance “5番のマリー / Marie No.5”
Marie HAHNE

B1, 16:00-16:40 JST
Talk “Language and Identity”

Naoko HOSOKAWA

2F, 16:00-17:00 JST
Workshop “metagrid”

Chloe PARÉ

B1, 17:00-18:30 JST
Reading and discussion: “before the signs increase”

Senthuran VARATHARAJAH

B1, 19:00-20:30 JST
Conversation “Queer digital identities”

Sota KODERA, Shohei MIYACHI, Kai MAETANI, Yuki NAGAO, moderation: aliwen
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Performance “Untitled”
Shohei MIYACHI

13:00 OPEN

B1, 14:00-14:45 JST
Presentation “Artwork, Accessibility, and Assistive Technology in Japan”

Mark BOOKMAN

B1>2F, 14:45-15:30 JST
Performance “walking practice”

Kazuhiko HIWA

2F, 15:30-16:10 JST
Café Philosophique: “Art & Disability = Create an Inclusive Society”

Flavia BALDARI

B1, 15:30-16:10 JST
Screening: “Identities through the lense of puppetry”

Yuki TERADA

B1, 16:40-18:00 JST
Closing discussion "The text that wrote me - Narrating digital identities"

Senthuran VARATHARAJAH, Tomoko SHIMIZU, moderation: aliwen
 

B1

metttazzzine video installation with interviews

Kai MAETANI: video installation, paper prints: “Scape”, ongoing performance using video “Undecided”

Marie HAHNE: Interactive installation “5番のマリー / Marie No.5”
Sota KODERA: Painting “evol2 (罅)”

2F
Anais KARENIN and WATANABE Shiori: Solo Works, Live installation “Evolving Plants"

Angus SCHAEFER: Paintings “Screens”, “Multiply”, “Isolate”

Emilia WANG: Sculptural installation "puppet 1, puppet 2, puppet 3"

Chloe PARÉ: Installation “metagrid”

Ginga KONDO: Video “Notification”, sculptures “Multiple Identities”, “Seperated”

Hannah DAHLBERG-DODD: Participatory installation “Network Personas”

Kazuhiko HIWA: Installation “hiwadrome [mettta mix]”

Maria TELEGINA and Simon DE DEYNE: Multiplayer word association game “言葉のネット / Small World of Words”

DAY 1 - Saturday Oct 1

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B1, 13:30-14:20 JST
Opening lecture “Who are we on social media?”

Michael FACIUS (Associate Professor, Tokyo College)
with a greeting by Peter ANDERS (Director, Goethe-Institut Tokyo)

English, simultaneous interpretation into Japanese
Livestreaming on Facebook (English) with the Goethe-Institut in Tokyo, Seoul, Jakarta, Twitter (Japanese)

Who are we on social media? The input lecture will introduce the audience to recent ideas and theories in the field of identity studies, with a focus on their digital expressions on social media platforms. The presented theories serve as a framework for the festival, enabling the audience to observe the festival’s contributions critically throughout its progress and leading up to the closing discussion that will review the festival’s outcome, too.

B1, 14:30-15:50 JST
Intro talk “tttriptychon: social media as an artist's tool”

Marie HAHNE, Michael FACIUS, moderation: Hannah JANZ
Performance “5番のマリー / Marie No.5”
Marie HAHNE

English, Japanese
Instagram Live with the Goethe-Institut in Tokyo, Seoul, Jakarta

Among other media, Marie Hahne is using her Instagram profile to intertwine her artistic expression with stories about herself, creating a plethora of personas and layers of self that are closely and losely connected. A talk with the artist will focus on the ways in which she uses the digital platform as a tool to materialize this vision of multiple Maries. The talk is followed by Marie Hahne’s performance in close interaction with her installation “5番のマリー / Marie No.5”. 

B1, 16:00-16:40 JST
Talk “Language and Identity”
Naoko HOSOKAWA

English, Japanese

2F, 16:00-17:00 JST
Workshop “metagrid”

Chloe PARÉ

English, Japanese

“metagrid” visualizes deconstruction and proposes a tangible and perceptive way for setting structures in research and life. “metagrid” will initially be a still installation - through the workshop, it will incorporate material, human, and space agencies. People will be invited to entirely change the grid by proposing new systems of organisation, classification, and understanding of history, thus proposing new ways to see identities.

B1, 17:00-18:30 JST
Reading and discussion: “before the signs increase”

Senthuran VARATHARAJAH

German, translation and consecutive interpretation: English, Japanese

Senthuran Varatharajah’s debut novel “before the signs increase” (Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen, 2016) tells the story of two young people who talk about their families’ experiences of flight migration - on Facebook, without ever meeting in real life. The author will read from this text at the festival and talk with the audience about the narrative potential and aesthetical challenges posed by writing on, with, and about social media.

B1, 19:00-20:30 JST
Conversation “Queer digital identities”

Sota KODERA, Shohei MIYACHI, Kai MAETANI, Yuki NAGAO, moderation: aliwen
Performance “Untitled”
Shohei MIYACHI

Please note that this event is not suitable for minors due to explicit language. You might be asked for age verification at the entry.

English, Japanese with consecutive interpretation

Japanese society today is both a beacon of prosperous stability and safety, as well as stagnantly in denial of the civic and legislative needs of the queer community. The artists will talk about the questions: Can queer artists in Japan today freely express their desires and sex-gender identity? Can we speak of Contemporary Queer Art in Japan?
After the conversation, Shohei MIYACHI will conduct a performance that consists of his body and self-portrait prints of himself. He will physically interact with the prints and talk to them as if they are real human beings. The artist’s idea is to have an intimate conversation with himself in order to explore different sides of his identities.


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DAY 2 - Saturday Oct 2

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2F, 13:00-14:00 JST
Participatory installation “Network Personas”

Hannah DAHLBERG-DODD

Using any combination of the materials provided, the viewers can imagine and construct a physical representation of their 'persona' to place on the network. They can consider their connection with the network as an individual, their relationship with others, and their existence as one among many. 

B1, 14:00-14:45 JST
Presentation “Artwork, Accessibility, and Assistive Technology in Japan”

Mark BOOKMAN

English with consecutive interpretation into Japanese

Mark Bookman provides a personal account of accessibility in Japan as an American wheelchair user, the impact of these experiences on his identity performance, and the role of digital media. As a framing device for the other artistic performances, he will also introduce the history behind Japan’s current disability policies. The nodule “(Dis)Connect” continues with the performance by Kazuhiko HIWA.

B1>2F, 14:45-15:30 JST
Performance “walking practice”

Kazuhiko HIWA

Japanese with consecutive interpretation into English

Working on the theme of physicality and its impact on identity, the artist uses a "play" intervention during their performance to reexamine various boundaries, relationships, and accessibility, also referring to their installation “hiwadrome” that consists of 22 wheelchairs. The nodule “(Dis)Connect” continues with the Café Philosophique by Flavia BALDARI.

2F, 15:30-16:10 JST
Café Philosophique: “Art & Disability = Create an Inclusive Society”

Flavia BALDARI

English, Japanese with consecutive interpretation

Flavia BALDARI's philosophy café will offer a participatory live reflection on the on-site installations with a focus on identity, art, and body. The audience can join in and learn new techniques of observing and critical thinking in a cooperative setting.

B1, 15:30-16:10 JST
Talk: “Identities through the lens of puppetry”

Yuki TERADA

English, Japanese

B1, 16:40-18:00 JST
Closing discussion "The text that wrote me - Narrating digital identities"


Senthuran VARATHARAJAH (author), Tomoko SHIMIZU (Associate Professor, University Tokyo of the Arts), moderation: aliwen

English, Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
Available as video in English, Japanese after the festival

“I wanted to know how aesthetically my writing would look like if you would translate the poetics into photography.” (Senthuran Varatharajah on metttazzzine)

We post and share our stories, curating our digital identities – but why and how do we do it? Following the idea that identities are created by narrating them, the closing talk examines the dynamics and aesthetics behind this process, focussing on media discourse. The outcomes of the festival up until the closing talk will also be reviewed, thus completing the circle of the research based reflection.


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Exhibitions & ongoing

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B1

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@metttazzzine
Video installation with interviews


How do young people on transnational life paths narrate their identities in social media? To answer this question, Instagram magazine @metttazzzine has produced 15 interviews with digital natives from the fields of art, activism, and media, who use social media in innovative and creative ways. The interviews will be screened during the festival. @metttazzzine and #metttafestival are transregional sister projects under the lead of the Goethe-Institut Tokyo in cooperation with other Goethe-Instituts in East Asia and South East Asia. 

Kai MAETANI: Scape (video installation, paper prints), Undecided (ongoing performance using video)

Monochrome images of landscapes and plants will be projected onto Maetani’s body for the video installation. For the performance, his self-portrait will be taken using a film camera and an iPhone, in various places during the two days of metttafestival. They will be screened in real time onto a screen at BUoY. Photos taken during the festival will be published on @metttazzzine.

Marie HAHNE: 5番のマリー / Marie No.5
Installation with sound and text


“50 billion cells die in our body every day - that means every 7 years we shed our old self and start over. As I just turned 29 this summer, I am currently existing as 5番のマリー / Marie No.5. In this performance I want to explore the impact of this notion on the concept of self, names, and identity.”

Sota KODERA: evol2 (罅)
Painting


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2F

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Anais KARENIN and WATANABE Shiori: Evolving Plants
Live installation


A collaboration between the two artists, the installation uses river water and medicinal plants collected from the area around the exhibition space to compose a system of bacterias, plants, and charcoal to purify water. From this, a remedy will be developed using traditional pre-Columbian knowledges from South America. The artwork creates a healing system that engages many organisms, cosmologies, places, and situations, posing questions of collective whole(some)ness, self-healing, and connecting knowledge.

Angus SCHAEFER: Screens, Multiply, Isolate
Paintings


Angus SCHAEFER’S works will explore the reciprocal interaction between the physical and virtual body. His creative process will be asking these questions: What does it mean to exist simultaneously in many places, on many screens, in many identities? What is the virtual body and where is it? How does our virtual body affect our physical body?

Ginga KONDO: Notification (video), Multiple Identities, Seperated (sculptures)Notification, video

Ginga KONDO’s artworks explore the gaps between her own identity of being a queer, Japanese, female, more pansexual than lesbian, disability: ME/CFS, and another identity as a wheelchair user forced to be open to the public.

Kazuhiko HIWA: hiwadrome [mettta mix]
Installation 


The “hiwadrome” series of wheelchair sculptures is developed site specifically for metttafestival, using 22 wheelchairs. Instead of a sculptural approach as usual for the series, it is set up like a barricade to influence the viewer's movement. Kazuhiko HIWA will also conduct a performance during which they will also address their installation.

Maria TELEGINA and Simon DE DEYNE : 言葉のネット / Small World of Words
Multiplayer word association game


English, Japanese

Visitors can participate in this multiplayer word association game. The goal of this game is to explore how we understand each other and whether groups of people (e.g., identifying as men or women) have the same understanding of concepts. For metttafestival, the game will focus on identity concepts.


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Please note the following when visiting the venue.
- Please purchase tickets online in advance of your visit.
- Please note that the event will be streamed and recorded at each venue on the day of the event. If you do not wish to be filmed, please inform us at the reception desk on the day of the event.
- There are stairs in BUoY (no elevator). If you have any questions or concerns about the event, please contact us at the e-mail address bibliothek-tokyo@goethe.de.
 

Das hybride Festival als reflexives Element von metttazzzine findet am 1. und 2. Oktober in BUoY im Tokyoter Stadtteil Kitasenju statt und führt wissenschaftliche und künstlerische Positionen zusammen. Große Teile des Symposiums werden mit der Unterstützung weiterer Goethe-Institute in Ostasien und Südostasien gestreamt, um eine überregionale Teilnahme zu ermöglichen.

Partner Tokyo College, der interdisziplinäre Thinktank der Universität Tokyo, wird aktuelle Forschung zum Themenkomplex Identität in dichten, kurzweiligen Formaten vorstellen und diese auf die Interviews aus metttazzzine sowie auf die künstlerischen Beiträge vor Ort beziehen. Der Closing Talk „Narrating Identities“ schließt den Kreis, indem er beleuchtet, wie Identitäten im Digitalen durch erzählende Prozesse erzeugt werden. Die künstlerischen Beiträge unter kuratorischer Leitung von aliwen bereichern die Reflektion digitaler Identitäten und transnationaler Erfahrungen um weitere Facetten. 


@metttazzzine

Wie erzählen junge Menschen auf transnationalen Lebenswegen in den Sozialen Medien ihre Identität? Wie setzen sie digitale Technologie und die Plattformen dafür ein? Wie wirkt sich eine digitale Performativität auf die eigene Identitätsentwicklung aus?

Das Instagram-Magazin @metttazzzine sucht Antworten darauf, indem es Interviews und Multimedia-Fragmente zu einem farbstarken Kaleidoskop digitaler, transnationaler Biographien zusammenfügt. Diese werden wöchentlich gepostet.

Im Zentrum stehen digital natives aus den Bereichen Kunst, Aktivismus und Medien, die zwischen Asien und Deutschland leben und Soziale Medien auf innovative und kreative Art nutzen. Sie werden durch das Projekt vernetzt und tragen die Themen von metttazzzine in ihre eigenen Communities zurück. Ziel des Magazins ist es außerdem, ein Schlaglicht auf den großen Mehrwert transnationaler Erfahrungen zu werfen.

Wir auf Instagram

Über das Projekt

metttazzzine und metttafestival sind überregionale Projekte unter Federführung des Goethe-Institut Tokyo. Unterstützt werden sie von neun weiteren Goethe-Instituten in Ostasien und Südoastasien. Partner ist Tokyo College, der interdisziplinäre Thinktank der Universität Tokyo.

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