Jan 01, 1970 at 12:00am ~ Jan 01, 1970 at 12:00am

metttazzzine and metttafestival are transregional projects under the lead of the Goethe-Institut Tokyo with the support of nine other Goethe-Instituts in East Asia and South East Asia. Our partner is Tokyo College, the interdisciplinary think tank of the University of Tokyo.

The hybrid festival will take place on October 1&2 at BUoY in Tokyo’s Kitasenju district. It will bring together academic and artistic positions. Large parts of the symposium will be broadcast with the support of other Goethe-Instituts in Asia to enable cross-regional participation.

Partner Tokyo College, the interdisciplinary think tank of the University of Tokyo, will present current research on identity topics in dense, entertaining formats and relate these to the interviews from the Instagram account metttazzzine as well as to around ten artistic contributions on site. The opening talk “Narrating Identities” will set the framework for the festival by illuminating how identities are created through narrative processes on digital platforms.

The artistic contributions under the curatorial direction of aliwen muñoz enrich the reflection of digital identities and transnational experiences with further facets. Among other things, performances will be shown that question the mechanisms of self-representation in dating apps. An interactive algorithm installation uses word clouds to trace the individuality of our language about identity. And in the works of modern Japanese painting, reminiscent of the body cult of influencers, the screens of smartphones are substituting the historic gold leaf adornments…