About "Neighbor"

Naotaka Fujii + GRINDER-MAN + evala

How do we build a social relationship with others?
How will technology interfere with the building process?

The immersive art performance Neighbor visualizes the subjective process and will predict the future pattern of social bonding. Two participants wearing HMD and headphones stand facing each other at the center of the stage. Over a period of six minutes they see live images or a recorded past, or mixture of the two, which blurs the self/other boundary. They are instructed use their hands in order to interact with the other participant and create a new relationship. The two performers interact with the participants in real and virtual space. The participantsʼ views are displayed on the screen. As witnesses, audiences can observe the participantsʼ subjective experience and feelings through the stage and screen.


Executive Producer
Naotaka Fujii (RIKEN Brain Science Institute)
Producer / Director / Visual Creator
Hitoshi Taguchi (GRINDER-MAN)
Makiko Izu (GRINDER-MAN)
Composer / Sound Designer
System Development
Takamitsu Hamajo (RIKEN Brain Science Institute)
Samuel Delvaux, Sonia Borkowicz, Dror Liberman, Maayan Houresh
Costume design
Miki Nakamura
System Support
Hiroyasu Nagafuchi
Production Manager
Satoru Oyamada (Haletoke Inc.), Yuji Amano (GRINDER-MAN)
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)

the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2016


Ars Electronica Festival 2016

Print Screen Festival


「ラディカル・アトムズ」がもたらす、こころの革命 ― アルスエレクトロニカ2016 レポート

bound baw - October, 2016

Artist's profile

Naotaka Fujii

Head of Laboratory for Adaptive Intelligence, BSI, RIKEN and CEO of Hacosco Inc. Born in Hiroshima in 1965, Opthalmologist, Neuroscientist, Entrepreneur and Artist
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GRINDER-MAN is a performance group formed by director Hitoshi Taguchi and choreographer Makiko Izu, aiming to create physical expressions that embrace carefully crafted spontaneity: in other words, the concept of “Here and now”, through producing, directing and choreography. Their theatrical productions have featured at museums, theatres and on the streets. They also collaborate and contribute to many varied projects, across multiple genres beyond art.
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Musician, sound artist. Born in Kyoto, 1976. Evala is known for his cutting-edge electronic music, and has shared his creativity in many national and international music/art festivals, performed and provided topological transform-sound design for public spaces, stage, films and ads. His recent works include CD ‘acoustic bend’, installation ‘Otocyon megalotis-‘Bat-eared Fox’’, as well as collaborations with Perfume, ONE OK ROCK, and Sakanaction.
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