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YouFab 2021 Award Ceremony – What is democratic manufacturing for a future where humans, nature and non-living things are inseparably intertwined?

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YouFab2021 judges Asa Ito, Arina Tsukada, Cascoland, Ariane Koek, and Chiaki Hayashi will join us on stage. Together with the Grand Prize winners, they will consider democratic manufacturing between humans and non-humans.

Thu, March 17, 2022 – Thu, March 17, 2022  UTC-04:00

05:00 – 07:00

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To all applicants for the YouFab Global Creative Awards 2021

Those who would like to know practical examples of manufacturing processes that involve diverse actors

Those interested in design that incorporate de-anthropocentric desirability

Those who are willing to think about the future of manufacturing with us


The manufacturing demonstrated by the YouFab 2021 award-winning entries inseparably incorporates perspectives on the human and non-human levels, essential in the age of VUCA. In this event, we will review and critique these works with the jury members. In addition, the Grand Prize winning artists and the Chief Judge, Asa Ito, Director, Center for Future Humanity Research, Institute for the Creation of Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, will give a presentation and discuss the changes in perception and methods of making that were felt through the award-winning works, as well as their possibilities.

YouFab Global Creative Awards started in 2012 as a contest for creators who gather at FabCafe, and aims to be a global platform connecting creators and society. The contest invited entries from around the world under the theme of “Democratic experiment(s),”

 

The head of the jury, Asa Ito, described the Democratic experiment(s) as follows.

~The work of creating something is essentially the process of consulting with countless stakeholders, including humans, animals, plants, fungi, minerals, the dead, etc., to come up with an answer, and in this sense, every time is an experiment in democracy.

Read more about Asa Ito’s comments about Democratic Experiement(s) here

Democratic experiment(s) is an inquiry into the very act of making things in the age of VUCA, when the progress of things produced by science and technology is overtaking humans, threatening our existence and accelerating our fragmentation. How can we face the challenge of making things in an age where our sustainability is becoming an issue as we are being shunned by the environment due to our hedonistic consumption and capitalistic production activities?

The buzzwords “nature- and environment-friendly” and “de-anthropocentric” are heard not only in the world of manufacturing, but in all kinds of places. There is a growing consensus that manufacturing must be done not only for humans, but also for other species, such as nature and the environment, the ecosystem, and the earth, and that this is necessary for the future of manufacturing. However, before expanding the scope of non-humans as stakeholders in manufacturing, we must not forget to take a fresh look at what kind of human society and how many different kinds of people are involved in the manufacturing process. In other words, manufacturing requires two perspectives, one from the human level and the other from the non-human level. The Grand Prize winners this year are two works that embody these two perspectives.

  • Voz Pública (Public Voice) | Dora Bartilotti(Mexico city, Mexico)

    Public Voice is a tactical mediation and participatory art piece that seeks to amplify de protest against gender violence in the urban context of Latin America. The project is made up of three parts working together: First, an online participation platform (www.vozpublica.cc), where women/non-binary people can share personal stories of gender violence, in a textual and anonymous way. The second part is an electronic textile that “give voice and amplifies” this stories through a voice synthesizer, giving them physical presence in the public space. The third part of the project, consists of a series of artistic urban Laboratories called “The Textile Rebellion”. 

    Public Voice

  • the Museum of Edible Earth | masharu studio (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

    What is behind the tradition of eating soil? Where does edible soil come from? What are the benefits and dangers of eating soil? The Museum of Edible Earth is a cross-disciplinary project centered on a collection of soil samples that are eaten by different people on the planet for different reasons. It encourages viewers to physically question their relationship to the environment and the earth, and to rethink their knowledge of food and cultural traditions with creative thinking.

    the Museum of Edible Earth

The first Grand Prize goes to “the Museum of Edible Earth,” a mobile museum that investigates “eating dirt” cultures from around the world and provides hints for reconnecting the relationship between non-humans, inanimate objects, and human existence from the earth itself through the experience of dirt-eating culture, and the “Public Voice”, Public Voice” is an activity in which people protesting gender violence in urban areas in Latin America raise their voices through vivid “talking clothes” that they themselves have created electronically.

The viewpoints of the human and non-human levels are inseparably incorporated in the creation demonstrated by the selected and award-winning works this year. In this event, we will review these works with the jury members. In addition, the Grand Prize winning artists and the Chief Judge, Asa Ito, will give a presentation and discuss the changes in their perception and methods of making that they have felt through the award-winning works, as well as the possibilities for the future.

Main Speaker: Chief Judge and Grand Prize Winners

  • Asa Ito

    Director, Future of Humanity Research Center, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology

    Asa Ito is Director of the Future of Humanity Research Center at the Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Institute of Innovative Research, and Visiting Scholar at MIT (2019), specializing in aesthetics and contemporary art. After initially intending to become a biologist, she turned her academic focus to the arts while in her third year at university. She obtained her PhD in Literature in 2010, having studied aesthetics, fine arts, and culture at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology. As author, Dr. Ito’s major works include Me no mienai hito wa sekai wo do miteiru no ka (How Do People Without Sight See the World?, Kobunsha), Domoru karada (The Stuttering Body, Igaku-Shoin), Kioku suru karada (The Remembering Body, Shunjusha), and Te no Rinri(Ethics of hands, Kodan-sha). Her work was recognized with the 42nd Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities in 2020.

    Asa Ito is Director of the Future of Humanity Research Center at the Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Institute of Innovative Research, and Visiting Scholar at MIT (2019), specializing in aesthetics and contemporary art. After initially intending to become a biologist, she turned her academic focus to the arts while in her third year at university. She obtained her PhD in Literature in 2010, having studied aesthetics, fine arts, and culture at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology. As author, Dr. Ito’s major works include Me no mienai hito wa sekai wo do miteiru no ka (How Do People Without Sight See the World?, Kobunsha), Domoru karada (The Stuttering Body, Igaku-Shoin), Kioku suru karada (The Remembering Body, Shunjusha), and Te no Rinri(Ethics of hands, Kodan-sha). Her work was recognized with the 42nd Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities in 2020.

  • masharu

    YouFab 2021 Grand Prize Winner (Museum of Edible Earth)

    masharu is a creative with a background in science. masharu’s projects combine scientific research with a personal approach and cultural practices. In 2011 they obtained a PhD in Mathematics and graduated with honours from the Photo Academy Amsterdam. In 2013-2014 they participated in the art-in-residency programme at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam. In 2018 masharu was an artist fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW). masharu’s artistic as well as scientific work has been exhibited, screened and published in various countries, including Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Ukraine, UK, USA and Zimbabwe, in such venues and events as Art Electronica Center in Linz, Modern Art Museum in Yerevan, Russian Impressionism Museum in Saint Petersburg, African Artists’ Foundation in Lagos, Spanish Cultural Centre in Guatemala City, World Design Event in Eindhoven, ReadyTex Gallery in Paramaribo, 4th Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale in Jakarta, European Ceramic Workcentre in Oisterwijk, Sustainica in Dusseldorf, 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Arts in Moscow and Museo Maritimo in Bilbao.

    The Museum of Edible Earth is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL, Stichting Niemeijer Fonds, Pauwhof fonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Tijl Fonds. The work of masharu is supported by the Mondriaan Fund.

    masharu is a creative with a background in science. masharu’s projects combine scientific research with a personal approach and cultural practices. In 2011 they obtained a PhD in Mathematics and graduated with honours from the Photo Academy Amsterdam. In 2013-2014 they participated in the art-in-residency programme at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam. In 2018 masharu was an artist fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW). masharu’s artistic as well as scientific work has been exhibited, screened and published in various countries, including Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Ukraine, UK, USA and Zimbabwe, in such venues and events as Art Electronica Center in Linz, Modern Art Museum in Yerevan, Russian Impressionism Museum in Saint Petersburg, African Artists’ Foundation in Lagos, Spanish Cultural Centre in Guatemala City, World Design Event in Eindhoven, ReadyTex Gallery in Paramaribo, 4th Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale in Jakarta, European Ceramic Workcentre in Oisterwijk, Sustainica in Dusseldorf, 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Arts in Moscow and Museo Maritimo in Bilbao.

    The Museum of Edible Earth is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL, Stichting Niemeijer Fonds, Pauwhof fonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Tijl Fonds. The work of masharu is supported by the Mondriaan Fund.

  • Dora Bartilotti

    YouFab 2021 Grand Prize Winner (Public Voice)

    Dora Bartilotti is a Latin American, feminist and multimedia artist from Mexico. Through her projects, she seeks to generate critical dialogues between art, design, pedagogy and technology in order to catalyze conversations about possible forms of organization, intervention and micropolitical action in public space. Dora is a member of Medialabmx where she directs the projects Voz Pública and Costurero Electrónico. These projects explore the materiality of textiles and electronics as tactical means for feminist activism and collective action. Her work has been featured in Mexico, UK, Canada, Brazil, and Colombia.

    Dora Bartilotti is a Latin American, feminist and multimedia artist from Mexico. Through her projects, she seeks to generate critical dialogues between art, design, pedagogy and technology in order to catalyze conversations about possible forms of organization, intervention and micropolitical action in public space. Dora is a member of Medialabmx where she directs the projects Voz Pública and Costurero Electrónico. These projects explore the materiality of textiles and electronics as tactical means for feminist activism and collective action. Her work has been featured in Mexico, UK, Canada, Brazil, and Colombia.

Jury members critiquing and award winners

  • YouFab 2021 WINNERS

    YouFab 2021 Student Prize, Special Prize, Finalists

    Out of 335 entries (from 26 countries), the winners of 19 awards, including the Grand Prix, the Student Prize, and the special “Panasonic Prize,” were selected through a judging process.
    For the full of YouFab 2021 winners: https://www.youfab.info/2021/winners.html 

    Out of 335 entries (from 26 countries), the winners of 19 awards, including the Grand Prix, the Student Prize, and the special “Panasonic Prize,” were selected through a judging process.
    For the full of YouFab 2021 winners: https://www.youfab.info/2021/winners.html 

  • Ariane Koek

    Creative Director, Strategic Consultant, Producer/ Curator and Writer

    Ariane Koek is an acknowledged international expert and pioneer in the field of arts, science and technology and artists residencies. Ariane initiated, designed and directed the acclaimed Arts at CERN programme 2009-2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. Today she works worldwide as an independent strategic advisor, creative partner and consultant on many new high profile initiatives such as the new Cavendish Arts Science programme at Cambridge University, UK, as well as working with high profile established organisations seeking new directions, such as The Exploratorium, San Francisco, USA.

    Ariane Koek is an acknowledged international expert and pioneer in the field of arts, science and technology and artists residencies. Ariane initiated, designed and directed the acclaimed Arts at CERN programme 2009-2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. Today she works worldwide as an independent strategic advisor, creative partner and consultant on many new high profile initiatives such as the new Cavendish Arts Science programme at Cambridge University, UK, as well as working with high profile established organisations seeking new directions, such as The Exploratorium, San Francisco, USA.

  • Cascoland

    International Amsterdam-based network of artists, architects, designers and performers

    Projects are initiated by Fiona de Bell and Roel Schoenmakers and are executed with multi-disciplinary teams of artists and designers, promoting mobilisation, participation and networking through artistic exchange and collaboration. Since 2004 Cascoland has executed projects internationally in The Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine, Japan and in Europe.
    Cascoland projects/interventions/artworks are tools to be used by participants and audiences rather than artworks to be exhibited. Cascoland interventions aim to challenge and change perceptions and create awareness about the need for social and ecological sustainable development, not only with audiences and residents, but with planners, designers, organisations and authorities as well.
    Cascoland promotes a sustainable use of spaces, skills and resources. Empowerment of communities, bottom-up development of public space and the implementation of innovative solutions addressing local needs are equally important ingredients in our way of working: Art as a tool to make change happen!

    http://cascoland.com/about/#/

    Projects are initiated by Fiona de Bell and Roel Schoenmakers and are executed with multi-disciplinary teams of artists and designers, promoting mobilisation, participation and networking through artistic exchange and collaboration. Since 2004 Cascoland has executed projects internationally in The Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine, Japan and in Europe.
    Cascoland projects/interventions/artworks are tools to be used by participants and audiences rather than artworks to be exhibited. Cascoland interventions aim to challenge and change perceptions and create awareness about the need for social and ecological sustainable development, not only with audiences and residents, but with planners, designers, organisations and authorities as well.
    Cascoland promotes a sustainable use of spaces, skills and resources. Empowerment of communities, bottom-up development of public space and the implementation of innovative solutions addressing local needs are equally important ingredients in our way of working: Art as a tool to make change happen!

    http://cascoland.com/about/#/

  • Arina Tsukada

    Editor, Curator

    Editor-in-Chief of Bound Baw, a media outlet for the world’s art and science. In 2010, Arina launched SYNAPSE, a project to connect science and other fields, with young researchers. Since 2012, she has been the art curator of the “solaé art gallery project” at Tokyo Electron. In the same year, she launched the MIMIR Project, which promotes the “String Theory Perception Project,” etc. In 2004, she became the director of “See by Your Ears” by sound artist evala, and has been developing various sound and urban projects. He is in charge of media strategy for the “Information Ecosystem. He is the author of “ART SCIENCE is. The Transformation of the World Led by Art Science” (published by BNP), co-author of “Joho Kan Sekai – A Guidebook for Playing between the Body and AI” (published by NTT Publishing), and many other books. Ai Hasegawa’s edited books include “To Be a Revolutionary in 20XX: A Lesson in Speculative Design” (BNP). She is a part-time lecturer at the Department of Art Science, Osaka University of Arts.

    Editor-in-Chief of Bound Baw, a media outlet for the world’s art and science. In 2010, Arina launched SYNAPSE, a project to connect science and other fields, with young researchers. Since 2012, she has been the art curator of the “solaé art gallery project” at Tokyo Electron. In the same year, she launched the MIMIR Project, which promotes the “String Theory Perception Project,” etc. In 2004, she became the director of “See by Your Ears” by sound artist evala, and has been developing various sound and urban projects. He is in charge of media strategy for the “Information Ecosystem. He is the author of “ART SCIENCE is. The Transformation of the World Led by Art Science” (published by BNP), co-author of “Joho Kan Sekai – A Guidebook for Playing between the Body and AI” (published by NTT Publishing), and many other books. Ai Hasegawa’s edited books include “To Be a Revolutionary in 20XX: A Lesson in Speculative Design” (BNP). She is a part-time lecturer at the Department of Art Science, Osaka University of Arts.

  • Chiaki Hayashi

    Co-founder and Representative Director

    She is a graduate of Waseda University’s School of Commerce and Boston University’s Graduate School of Journalism. After working for Kao, she founded Loftwork in 2000 and has worked on more than 200 projects a year, including web design, business design, community design, and spatial design. She operates communities and platforms such as FabCafe, a global digital manufacturing café; MTRL, which explores new possibilities for materials; and AWRD, which promotes co-creation with creators through online openings and judging.
    She is also a member of the Good Design Award jury, a member of the Manufacturing Industry Subcommittee of the Industrial Structure Council of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, a member of the “Study Group for Industrial Competitiveness and Design”, and the chairman of “The Bear Dances in the Forest of Hida Co. She won “Woman of the Year 2017” (Nikkei WOMAN).

    She is a graduate of Waseda University’s School of Commerce and Boston University’s Graduate School of Journalism. After working for Kao, she founded Loftwork in 2000 and has worked on more than 200 projects a year, including web design, business design, community design, and spatial design. She operates communities and platforms such as FabCafe, a global digital manufacturing café; MTRL, which explores new possibilities for materials; and AWRD, which promotes co-creation with creators through online openings and judging.
    She is also a member of the Good Design Award jury, a member of the Manufacturing Industry Subcommittee of the Industrial Structure Council of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, a member of the “Study Group for Industrial Competitiveness and Design”, and the chairman of “The Bear Dances in the Forest of Hida Co. She won “Woman of the Year 2017” (Nikkei WOMAN).

YouFab committee members

  • Kelsie Stewart

    FabCafe CCO

    Kelsie joined Loftwork and FabCafe in 2017 and oversees the FabCafe Global network. In FabCafes across Asia, Europe and America, Kelsie strategizes and aligns Fab synergies to empower everyone to take the initiative to make and share their ideas with local and global communities. Kelsie is also the Tokyo organizer for the Global Goals Jam (GGJ), a two-day designathon and community which aims to create short term solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. Kelsie has organized sustainability and design thinking workshops in Tokyo, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

    Kelsie joined Loftwork and FabCafe in 2017 and oversees the FabCafe Global network. In FabCafes across Asia, Europe and America, Kelsie strategizes and aligns Fab synergies to empower everyone to take the initiative to make and share their ideas with local and global communities. Kelsie is also the Tokyo organizer for the Global Goals Jam (GGJ), a two-day designathon and community which aims to create short term solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. Kelsie has organized sustainability and design thinking workshops in Tokyo, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

  • Toshiya Fukuda

    Hakuhodo Fellow / Chief Creative x Technology Officer Professor, Department of Design, Osaka University of Arts Representative Director, Triple Seven Creative Strategies Inc. Co-founder, FabCafe

    Planning, direction, and consulting for communication in various media. His own company, 777interacitive, responds to the cutting-edge needs of companies, FabCafe considers the future of manufacturing, Hakuhodo trains the next generation of creators, and Osaka University of Arts educates students in Digital Design. He has received numerous awards and judging experience at design awards around the world.

    Planning, direction, and consulting for communication in various media. His own company, 777interacitive, responds to the cutting-edge needs of companies, FabCafe considers the future of manufacturing, Hakuhodo trains the next generation of creators, and Osaka University of Arts educates students in Digital Design. He has received numerous awards and judging experience at design awards around the world.

Organizers & Sponsor

Timetable

05:00 – 05:05

Introduction

05:05 – 06:00

Critique of the Finalists, Student Prize and Special Prize by the Jury (Ariane Koek, Arina Tsukada, Cascoland, Chiaki Hayashi)

06:00 – 06:10

General comments by Asa Ito, Chief Judge, and comments on the Grand Prize

06:10 – 06:20

Grand Prize Presentation : the Museum of Edible Earth (masharu studio)

06:20 – 06:30

Grand Prize Presentation: Voz Pública (Dora Bartilotti)

06:30 – 06:55

Asa Ito x Grand Prize Winners Crosstalk, Open Discussion

06:55 – 07:00

Closing

Information

Date & Time

Thu, March 17, 2022 – Thu, March 17, 2022 05:00 – 07:00 UTC-04:00

Venue

Online Session

Fee

Free

Capacity

150

Organizers & Sponsors

Organizer: YouFab Global Creative Awards
Sponsor & Special Partner: Panasonic , Ezoe Memorial Recruit Foundation

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