Producing Art & Technology – The YCAM Model

Akiko Takeshita & Clarence Ng (Japan & Singapore)

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  • 22 May 2019
    Wed, 7.30pm
  • Blue Room, Festival House
  • Free

    Patrons are advised to be seated 15 minutes before the programme begins. Unclaimed seats may be given away to walk-in patrons.

  • 1h 30m, no intermission


Producing Art & Technology – The YCAM Model

Akiko Takeshita & Clarence Ng (Japan & Singapore)

Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) is an innovative arts centre in Japan that has been at the forefront of exploring collaborative projects where media technology, science,  and arts, education and community intersect. In this session, Producer Akiko Takeshita and Project Manager Clarence Ng will give an introduction to YCAM and share their experience on the YCAM production process where professionals from multi-disciplinary fields are dynamically integrated for various output.


Akiko Takeshita 竹下 暁子
Producer of performing arts + technology / Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]

Akiko produce the works which bring together technology and performing arts and collaborate with international technologists and performing artists. Recent project, “Reactor for Awareness in Motion (RAM)”, is a research project to develop tools for dance creation and education, with Yoko Ando, a dancer from The Forsythe Company, a leading contemporary dance company and programmers from Japan and the US. Professionals in dance and technology shared an innovative concept in dance and developed it in the form of a physical tool and workshop.

In 2017, she curated VR installation “The Other in You

How can we relate to others, who are supposed to be distant from us? Do we really know what it is to "see”? The Other in You is an attempt to revive the notion of our body in relation to an object, a notion, which had been forgotten in the act of watching.

The piece won Honorary Mentions (Interactive Art +) in 2018.

She currently produces new dance piece “ Israel & イスラエル (Israel)" futures interaction between flamenco genius Israel Galván. and his AI (artificial intelligence).

Clarence Ng Kian Peow 黄建彪
Project / Production Stage Manager Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media

Since the year 2000, Clarence Ng has been working in the Singapore performing art scene for 12 years as a production stage manager before moving to Yamaguchi to work as a project and production manager for YCAM 10th Anniversary programmes in 2012. Currently still served as a project manager where he oversees and manages most of the projects in YCAM. He also acts as the production manager and the chief of the YCAM interlab technical team.

He is part of the core production team that support and responsible for the experimenting, researching, developing prototypes, setting up and as well as involved in the creation process in most of the 10th Anniversary programmes. Especially Ryuichi Sakamoto and Shiro Takatani’s three installations, LIFE - fluid, invisible, inaudible ver. 2, Forest Symphony and Water State 1 and a performing art piece titled “LIFE-WELL” by Mansai Nomura + Ryuichi Nakamoto + Shiro Takatani.

After the 10th anniversary, he continues to stay and manage the interlab team, and the YCAM curated programmes. He always thought YCAM is a unique producing art centre where new media art-works by artists like Ryuichi Sakamoto, Shiro Takatani, Ryoji Ikeda, Tadasu Takamine and Rhizomatiks are established on a flat platform where communication between the artists, engineers and the YCAM lab members are encouraged.

Such platform allows opinions and ideas to be shared and discuss freely among the team and these creation sessions could be realised without the need to worry about the availability of the venues, time allocated and the technical support of any kind. He started to think, re-access and restructuring the ecosystem of YCAM production operations, to take advantage of the YCAM current infrastructure, in hope to create a better environment and processes for creation, research and development of any YCAM produced work or any form of creative work or projects.

He hopes one-day YCAM could be one of the top desired R&D media art producing centre for all professionals that the ecosystem could be an inspiring model for other producing centres and the development or result of the artwork could be a contribution that beneficial to society.