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added on : December 18, 2023
SusHi Tech Square is a free museum conveniently located near the Marunouchi and Ginza areas that features interactive exhibits on technology, sustainability, and modern culture in Tokyo. The museum not only introduces how Tokyo has transformed into the world’s largest metropolitan area, but also invites visitors to peer into the future and question our relationship with technology.
The museum’s Media Art Exhibition invites visitors to reflect on humans’ relationship with technology. Exhibits often feature interactive artworks in which the viewer alters the work itself, such as artificial intelligence that learns from participants. Invisibles in the Neo City focuses on the unseen, but omnipresent things hidden in Tokyo. One of the works, for instance, highlights Tokyo’s real-life anime locations—a world only visible to enthusiasts. The exhibit uses a combination of art and technology to help the viewer contemplate the idea of permanence in the modern world and the role of technology in our lives.
Metabolism Quantized is a work that uses advanced digital mapping to resurrect notable buildings in Tokyo, such as the distinctive Nakagin Capsule Tower. This concrete building in the Ginza district was designed with modular, replaceable units, intended to be swapped out when renovation was necessary. Loved by many, its demolition in 2022 disappointed fans, but the 3D Digital Archive allows visitors to experience Nakagin Capsule Tower, along with other beloved buildings, in virtual reality.
How (Not) to Get Hit by a Self-driving Car is a unique game that encourages people to test the limits of technology. The installation emulates a self-driving car at a crosswalk, and the goal is to cross the street without being recognized as a pedestrian by the autonomous vehicle. The AI becomes even smarter each time someone beats the game, as it uses data from successful attempts to improve its detection algorithm. Invisibles in the Neo City is on display from December 15, 2023 to March 10, 2024.
Petra Szemán《About their distance》
Tomo Kihara & Playfool《How (not) to get hit by a self-driving car》
The Tokyo 2020 Legacy Exhibition highlights the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Various Olympic designs are on display, such as pictograms used for each event, and the two actual torches used in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Visitors are welcome to hold these torches and gain a tangible sense of Tokyo’s efforts to be more accessible and inclusive—tactile indicators on the handle help visually impaired torch bearers to properly hold the torch while an inscription of the Paralympic message in braille is on the back. The exhibit also shows how Tokyo transformed to accommodate the needs of spectators and athletes with disabilities.
In addition to torch bearing, visitors can feel as if they were attending the Olympics and Paralympics themselves from a spectator stand with vibration and surround sound to replicate the fervor of the opening and closing ceremonies. There are also clothes worn by performers during the opening and closing ceremonies and various equipment used during the games. Visitors can get a taste of victory upon the winners’ podium, designed specifically for the Games, while there are a couple of games available too, such as cyber boccia and virtual skateboarding. Boccia is an event featured in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games where contestants compete to get their balls closest to the target, and the cyber version uses object detection to calculate the score as the game progresses, allowing visitors to play without a judge. The exhibit is on display from December 15, 2023 to March 10, 2024.
*Exhibits are subject to change.
|3-8-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo
|SusHi Tech Tokyo
For up-to-date information on opening hours and further details please check the official websites.