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Friday, Jan. 28, 2011

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Net existence: The "Geek House" set. OPENING EVENT © TOKYO WONDER SITE


Art collective gets the help of Internet character for latest piece

Staff writer

In an attempt to promote young Japanese artists, Tokyo Wonder Site will hold an event titled "Team 16: Arakawa Tomonori presented by Chaos*Lounge" in Tokyo's youth mecca of Shibuya.

The Chaos*Lounge is a collective of artists that mainly works with the Internet as their medium. More interestingly, though, is that the subject of their work is a completely fictional figure. But the Chaos*Lounge says "anyone can be Arakawa."

A Japanese male character born in 1983, Arakawa is an Internet-based personality that symbolizes Japan's unique otaku (obsessive) culture.

In the past, real people have used the name and appeared at various venues as part of performance-art pieces.

Tokyo Wonder Site have set up a one-room apartment called "geek house" occupied by an Arakawa who is addicted to Twitter and other otaku. They will live-stream performances during the exhibition.

Team 16: Arakawa Tomonori presented by Chaos*Lounge will be held at Tokyo Wonder Site in Shibuya, Tokyo, from Feb. 6-13. For more information, visit www.tokyo-ws.org.

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