Playful times, playful computing
A lecture on interactive media by Dr Yuichiro Katsumoto

31 March 2017

Japan Creative Centre (JCC)

© Yuichiro Katsumoto

The Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan, is pleased to present ‘Playful times, playful computing’, a lecture on interactive media by Dr Yuichi Katsumoto. Humans have an innate desire to play. Since the dawn of history, humans have used their creativity to transform various things such as stones and computers, into objects of play. Dr Yuichiro Katsumoto is someone who delves further into this human activity. As a Japanese gadget creator based in Singapore, he has been constantly inventing new and current electronic toys since 2005. In this lecture, he will discuss more about his works and his design philosophy/methodology through videos and demonstrations. Be sure to join us at JCC for this intriguing talk.

About the Speaker

© Yuichiro Katsumoto

Dr Yuichiro Katsumoto received his PhD in Media and Governance from Keio University, and currently works for the Interactive and Digital Media Institute, National University of Singapore in R&D for digital devices. He was formerly a Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director of Design at Keio-NUS CUTE Center.

His early work, Amagatana (2006-2009), which was created by focusing on spare time in our daily lives, won the encouragement award at the 10th Japan Media Arts Festival Entertainment Division. It was also exhibited at FILE 2007 Games, Ars Electronica Festival 2007, ACM Multimedia 2007 Art Exhibition, ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 Art Gallery etc.

After moving to Singapore in 2010, he started a project “Phase Transition-ish Apparatus (PTA)” aimed at inventing various types of toys inspired by phase transition phenomena. Ninja Track (2011-2013) is a novel example, which is able to change its shape and flexibility. It won the excellence prize in the 15th Japan Media Arts Festival. The game called ReelBlade, which uses Ninja Track as a game controller, also won the best technological award in Sense of Wonder Night at the Tokyo Game Show in 2015.

In 2013, he started a new project, “Robot Anime Reversal”, and created Dancer-in-a-Box (2013-2015) and Mojigen & Sujigen (2016-).

Details of the Lecture


Friday, 31 March 2017


7:00pm - 8:30pm (Registration starts at 6:30pm)


Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan in Singapore
4 Nassim Road Singapore 258372



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