NICOS LAB is the highly original and freewheeling ensemble team that was launched on the occasion of a concert by Ei Wada’s participatory music program “Electronicos Fantasticos!” (NICOS). NICOS LAB is made up of people with a diverse array of backgrounds and skills–including engineers, designers, art managers, and elementary and junior high school students–who collaborate with the aim of creating a completely new type of participatory laboratory.
In this open meeting, we will recruit new members of NICOS LAB to join in the creation of NICOS, which will be carried out in various locations again this year. We will discuss the development of new NICOS musical instruments along with numerous guests including Kei Wakabayashi, editor-in-chief of Wired Japan, and Shoichi Arisaka, president of TechShop Japan Limited. In addition, current NICOS LAB members and visitors will dialogue and explore possibilities for the expansion of NICOS LAB.
NICOS LAB aims for a new ensemble format in which people can also enjoy the production process, experimenting and practicing on a daily basis while making the best use of each individual’s special skills. If you’d like to witness the process of NICOS’s birth and development, or try your hand at transforming old electrical appliances into musical instruments and creating a whole new kind of festival, this event is for you!
13:00-13:15 Ei Wada – Mini-performance
13:15-14:15 Talk: “A look at the future of NICOS instruments”
14:30-16:00 Conversation and workshop: “The future of NICOS LAB – What does NICOS mean to you?”
Ei Wada (artist)
Kei Wakabayashi (editor in chief, WIRED JAPAN)
Shoichi Arisaka (CEO, TechShop Japan Co., Ltd.)
Reina Ashibe (Program Officer, Arts Council Tokyo)
Daiya Aida（Museum Educator）
Ryoichi Kiyomiya (President, Topping East (NPO))
members of NICOS LAB
*No reservation needed
Topping East (NPO)
WIRED Lab. (entrance to ARK Karajan Place from Spain-zaka, 1-3-40 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
2-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Namboku Line Roppongi-Itchome Station Exit 3
4-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line “Tameike-Sanno Station” Exit 13