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1. Anthropocene, Spaceship Earth, Bee, Beach Rose-1 / 5:00/ 2023
2. Anthropocene, Spaceship Earth, Bees, Beach Roses-2 / 4:20 / 2023
3. Anthropocene, Spaceship Earth, Bee, Boneset Flower / 10:00 / 2023
4. Free to Share - Anthropocene / 02:40 / 2023

The Ecosystem around Spaceship Earth
is still barely functioning in a state of crisis.
The colors are transformed into music by the algorithm.

The artwork "Anthropocene, Spaceship Earth, Bees, Boneset Flower" is
part of the "Anthropocene Project" at The New Museum of Networked Art.

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            第三に、人新世のほとんどは貨幣経済における、際限のない物質的欲望の蓄積です。 私たちは生き方を再構築する必要に直面しています。 デジタルアートの最大の特徴は、本物のアートを無限にコピーできることです。 それは金銭崇拝の貪欲な物質の所有欲を破壊し、アートの異常な金融商品的な価値を回復させて、個々の鑑賞者とのつながりを復活させます。 このビデオは CC ライセンスの下で無料で配布されています。

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Anthropocene, Spaceship Earth, Bee
            This project focuses on three main themes. First, the ecosystem of Spaceship Earth is precarious and in crisis. The ecological threat endangers humans, bees, and other species. The consequences reverberate through ecosystems, disrupting the delicate balance that sustains life. We are on the brink of ecological collapse, underscoring the need to reevaluate our relationship with the earth.
            Second, the artist explores the interplay between human and digital senses in perceiving the world. The art explores the relationship between seeing and hearing through the activity of bees, using an algorithm to extract and play musical notes from binary color data in bee images.
            Third, this video is free under its CC license. The Anthropocene is an accumulation of endless material desires in a monetary economy. The greatest feature of digital art is that real art can be infinitely copied. It abandons the greedy material possessions of the worship of money, restores the abnormal financial commodity value of art, and revives its connection to the individual viewer.
            Modern civilization has pursued material wealth for a better life. However, it is now widely recognized that the production of materials beyond what is necessary for human subsistence threatens the survival of living beings. It is imperative to prioritize the survival of living beings over the pursuit of material wealth. To address this issue, we must reexamine the diversity of values and lifestyles around the world and redefine the concept of wealth. Acquiring more things does not necessarily lead to future happiness or fulfillment. We must live together on this planet.
            The Anthropocene is the accumulation of boundless material desire. Infinitely copied digital art without substance destroys the greedy material possessions of money worship and the financial commodity value of art and revives its connection to the individual viewer. It tries to eliminate the abnormal financial situation of art embedded in capitalism and give it a different meaning. If art had meaning even after its monetary value disappeared, it would revive the connection with the viewer.
            Artist Kenji Kojima believed that seeing and hearing overlapped with information from each of the senses. He developed the experimental art application to see if computer algorithms could reproduce human sensibility. All media in human history are now recorded in digital data as binary (0,1). Binary is the lowest level of machine code that a computer can execute. Binary art material creates the possibility of cross-media sensibility. A recent study at the University of California found that our brains create a stable perception of the environment by assembling disjointed, changing visual information on a timeline. The algorithm he programmed randomly collected disjointed grid data of colors on a timeline in binary, converted them to musical notes, and played midi piano. Also, the data was read in different languages. Technical Reference "Binary as Art Material" by Kenji Kojima

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Kenji Kojima is a digital artist. Since the early 1990s, he has been experimenting with the relationships between perception and cognition, technology, music, and visual art. He was born in Japan and moved to New York in 1980. He spent his first 10 years in New York City painting with egg tempera. The personal computer improved rapidly in the 1980s. He felt more comfortable with computer art than painting. He converted his artwork to digital in the early 1990s. He developed the computer software for his artwork. But there was a big problem, the software soon did not work on the operating system. He converted his artwork to video while it was working. His ecology-based software and video art were exhibited in New York and at media art festivals around the world. After Covid-19, he could not go out to make a video. In 2021 he started a new series called "The Musical Interpretation of Paintings". At the end of 2023, he returned to his art theme of ecology. LiveCode programmer. Kenji Kojima Resume

Digital Art Exhibitions:
the USA: 2024, All Street, New York / 2023, 2020 Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, USA. / 2023 THE ELASTIC MIND, BROWARD College, Weston, Florida. / 2023 SOJOURNER, New York, NY. / 2022 Asian American International Film Festival, New York, NY. / 2012, 2016 Light Year, Brooklyn, New York. / 2021 UNCG International Sustainability Shorts Film Competition, UNC Greensboro, NC, USA. / 2019 The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, New jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ. / 2019, 2016, 2015 Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, New York, NY. / 2018 The Exchange, Bloomsburg, PA. 2018 WhiteBox, New York, NY. / 2015 ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community. / 2014 MediaNoche, New York, NY. / 2008 AC Institute, New York, NY.
Europe: 2024, Open Media Art, Košice, Slovakia / 2024, 2023, 2022, 2020, 2019 Ie Rencontres Internationales Traverse, Toulouse, France. / 2021 FEX comtemporary media art, Cologne, Germany. / 2020 Institut für Alles Mögliche, Stützpunkt Teufelsberg, Belrin, Germany. / 2019 The festival BINNAR, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. / 2019 MADATAC X New Media Arts Festival, Madrid, Spain. / 2018 Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athen, Greece. / 2018 Mitte Media Festival, Berlin, Germany. / 2017 Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania. / 2016 Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania. / 2016 Brave New World Beyond the Wall, Berlin, Germany. / 2015, 2013 ESPACIO ENTER, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. / 2014 BRAVE NEW WORLD, Berlin, Germany. / 2011 Jyväskylä Art Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland. / 2010 PROCESS Festival, Berlin, Germany. / 2009 RE-NEW Digital Art Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark. / 2002 Free Manifest, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Brazil: 2023, 2022, 2020, 2016, 2012, 2011, 2010 FILE (Electronic Language International Festival) São Paulo, Brazil. / 2012 FILE RIO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. / 2010 FAD (Festival de Arte Digital), Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
the Middle East: 2020, 2012 Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, Turkey. / 2020, 2019 Paadmaan Video Event, Isfahan, Iran.
Asia: 2021 Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium, Bangkok, Thailand. / 2020 the 150th Anniversary Gandhi Event, Kolkata, India. / 2019 Capital Normal University College of Cape Cod, Beijing, China & China University of Mining and Technology Yinchuan College, Yinchuan, China. / 2018 Gunung Sunda Festival, Sukabumi, West Java, Indonesia. / 2016 CeC 2016, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya, India. / 2010 Contemporary International New Media Art Invitational, Wuhan University of Technology, China.

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Other Ecological Projects by Kenji Kojima

This Planet is Our Home.
24 Languages
Participation in "Open Media Art"
in a public space in Košice, Slovakia. May, 2024

Bee Dances / Buzzin' Bees
Climate Messages from Rap, Aria and Reggae

"420 Bee Photos Slideshow" 2011 -
Participation in the "Anthropocene Project" in The New Museum of Networked Art.