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Naoko Tosa

at Kyoto University

Naoko Tosa is an Japanese artist and researcher. She received a Ph.D. in engineering for Art and Technology research from the University of Tokyo. She is has been a professor at Kyoto University since 2005. Tosa was a Fellow at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) 2002-2004. She was also a researcher at the ATR (Advanced Technology Research) Media Integration & Communication Labs, 1995-2001.

In particular, Tosa has been carrying out technological research that explores human emotions and the expansion of human sensibilities and consciousness by making innovative use of artistic creativity. The Neuro-Baby project is one example of this research. Some of her other projects include Unconscious Flow, which can express the emotion hidden within human communication. ZENetic Computer is an interface that evokes self-awakening through essential aspects of Zen Buddhist culture. i.plot is the future of narrative in a project that studies the hidden relationships and contextual emergence of language. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the New York Metropolitan Art Museum, SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica, the Long Beach Museum and other locations worldwide. Her works are also part of the collections at the Japan Foundation, the American Film Association, the Japan Film Culture Center, The National Museum of Art, Osaka and the Toyama Prefecture Museum of Modern Art. In 1996, she received the best paper award from the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia, and in 1997, the L'Oreal Grand Prix for research combining art and science awarded her first prize. In 2000, she received prizes from the Interactive Art section in ARS Electronica, as well as a special grant from the agency for cultural affairs in Japan. She received a commission research contract from France Telecom R & D 2003-2005.

Journal Articles:
Artists’ Articles

Sound of Ikebana: Fluid Artwork Created under Zero-G Using Parabolic Flight

August 2023

Gallery Artworks

October 2000

Unconscious Flow

October 2000
General Article

ZENetic Computer: Exploring Japanese Culture

June 2006