Digital Musics & Sound Art

Anerkennung - Honorary Mentions

Rekion Voice

Katsuki Nogami (JP), Taiki Watai (JP)


The robots around us are designed by humans to look cute and like a friend. However, these machines are controlled and dominated by humans, like slaves. We chain robots like slaves or dogs or lock them up like birds in a cage. In this work we show the robots behind the design, reconfirming the relationship between humans and machines as artifacts. In the installation, you will hear the screams of many slaves. The infrared ray camera allows the robots to sense and follow the audience about, showing their blind loyalty. However, ultrasonic speakers relay the robot slave’s motor sound and signal tone, which is like a scream, via the stethoscope. In the performance, slave robots move in sync with their master's bones and muscles, screaming as they go.

The development of robot and artificial intelligence will lead to robots taking charge of the earth in the future. Machine waste installed around the robots symbolizes the robot remains on the Earth.


Katsuki Nogami

Katsuki Nogami (JP), born in 1992, is a contemporary artist. He studied under Olafur Eliasson at Berlin Art University and graduated from Musashino Art University, Japan. His work deals with familiar technology and the body. He has received many awards such as Rookie of the year at Japan Media Arts Festival, Awards for Excellence, the Asia Digital Art Award, the Silver Award of ifva21th, the Grand Prize Student CG Contest 20th, and was one of the top 100 Japanese motion graphic creators of the year 2015. His work has been shown at international festivals such as FILE, WRO Biennale, and Scopitone, and been mentioned in publications such as VICE, WIRED, and Booooooom!

Taiki Watai

Taiki Watai (JP), born in 1985, works as an interaction designer and artist. He graduated from the School of Commerce and completed the Representation and Media Course at the Graduate School of Letters, Art and Science, Waseda University. During his university years he worked on the development of the SI robot, created art products, and was involved in media and interaction research. His works were selected for the Japan Media Arts Festival and he has received the judge's award at the Campus Genius Contest.

Technical Support: Jun Inagaki
Supported by DIGITAL CHOC 2017, Scopitone
Photo credit: Rakutaro Ogiwara