The Necessary Unnecessary
2021/3/25 Thu 18:00-21:30 @YouTube Live


Creative Aliens is an event that updates the way we think and create through talks and discussions with creators, artists and researchers who are changing the conventional wisdom of creativity.

The theme of the second session is "The Necessary Unnecessary.”
Win or lose, gain or loss, necessary or unnecessary? We live in an age where speed is required in communication and "understandability" is highly valued. In a confrontational structure, people are forced to choose between two extremes, "for" or "against". We are living in an age of polarization, where such choices lead to further division.
However, our daily lives are filled with ambiguous things that are difficult to understand at first glance. Rather than pursuing clarity, we should see the world as it is, as a gradation, and find value in it. We believe that this will be a guidepost to change society into a diverse and comfortable place.

The participants in this event are creators who are engaged in creative activities that will teach us how to enjoy the world. Why don't we find out together what is "necessary and unnecessary" for us?


遠藤真澄 photo: Nonoko Kameyama
Masumi Endo
Stage director / Performer
After graduating from the International Dance School, Endo moved from Tokyo to the U.K. in 2016, where she performed in a wide range of media and arts festivals, including Levi's® commercials, the London Jazz Festival, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, while organizing UK jazz dance workshops.
She is currently back in Japan, choreographing music videos and giving lectures at Kyushu University. She has held workshops and sessions for people of all ages, from infants to the elderly, connecting people and places such as the sea, forests, libraries, and schools through performing arts.
Based in her hometown, Itoshima City, Fukuoka Prefecture, she is currently researching activities that allow people to feel diversity and warm connections through dance, whether locally, globally, or remotely.
鈴木康広 photo courtesy: The Japan Foundation
Yasuhiro Suzuki
Born in Shizuoka in 1979 and graduated from Tokyo Zokei University in 2001. Yasuhiro Suzuki’s works add new dimensions to already existing and familiar objects as he continually asks questions about how we see things and how we perceive the world. His representative works are “Blinking Leaves”, “Ship of the Zipper”, “Aerial Being” and more. He has held solo exhibitions at Art Tower Mito in 2014 and at the Hakone Open-Air Museum in 2017. He also exhibited at the 4th Moscow Biennale and was the representative artist from Japan at the 1st London Design Biennale in 2016. In 2020, his public art piece "SHIBUYA HACHI COMPASS" was permanently installed in the renovated Miyashita Park. He is currently exhibiting his outdoor sculpture "The Beginning Fruit" at the Towada Art Center. His art books are "Blinking and Flapping" and "Neighborhood Globe" (both from Seigensha Art Publishing). He is an associate professor at Musashino Art University and a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo's Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology.
Zach Lieberman
Zach Lieberman
Artist / Researcher / Educator
Zachary Lieberman is an artist, researcher, and educator with a simple goal: he wants you surprised. In his work, he creates performances and installations that take human gesture as input and amplify them in different ways -- making drawings come to life, imagining what the voice might look like if we could see it, transforming people’s silhouettes into music.
He’s been listed as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People and his projects have won the Golden Nica from Ars Electronica, Interactive Design of the Year from Design Museum London as well as listed in Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of the Year. He creates artwork through writing software and is a co-creator of openFrameworks, an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding and helped co-found and teaches at the School for Poetic Computation, a school examining the lyrical possibilities of code. He’s also a professor at MIT’s Media Lab, where he runs the Future Sketches group.

Graphic Recorder

Junko Shimizu
Design researcher / Graphic recorder
Born in 1986, Shimizu graduated from Tama Art University with a degree in Information Design in 2009 and became a designer. She started working in WATER DESIGN in 2012 and got involved in business design in order to create cross-sectional projects beyond genres. She started her career at Tokyo Graphic Recorder in 2013. In the same year, she joined Yahoo! Japan as a UX designer. She completed her master's degree in design at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2019. She is currently a full-time lecturer at Tama Art University's Department of Information Design, where she is in charge of media design. She is currently researching "Reborder," a state in which existing boundaries can be redefined in places where diverse people gather. She is the author of "Graphic Recorder - A Textbook of Graphic Recording for Visualizing Arguments".


Arina Tsukada
Curator / Editor
Arina Tsukada is an explorer in new fields of Art & Science. Founder of The Whole Universe Association since 2018. With a diverse professional background, she is known for her participation as the director of the Sound Art project “See by your ears”, led by a sound artist Evala, as well as for being the editor in chief of the Art & Science online magazine “Bound Baw” since 2016. She continues to explore new worlds of possibilities through an interdisciplinary approach. Using art and science, and her multidisciplinary background, she has organized multiple conferences, exhibitions, media-productions, and the other spectacular events. She is also the author of the books “Art Science is (2018)”, co-author “Information Umwelt - Guidebook for playing between AI and human body(2019).”


2021/3/25 Thu
Talk Session
Graphic recorder: Junko Shimizu
MC: Arina Tsukada
Opening Talk
Introduction of Dentsu Lab Tokyo and Dentsu Craft Tokyo
TALK 1 & Special Performance: Masumi Endo
“An intimate introspection” / “Somew/here”
TALK 2: Yasuhiro Suzuki
“Life as we don’t know it”
TALK 3: Zach Lieberman
“Computational Imagination”
Closing Talk
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Presentations except Talk 3 will be held in Japanese.