みえるもの あらわれるもの いないもの / AI Yokai Summoning Ritual

5/13/2023 _ 6/4/2023


This exhibition is a ritual for summoning new yōkai through haiku poetry, in which the author, the viewer, and AI collaborate.

108 linked verses (5-7-5 syllable structure) were created through an automatic writing process facilitated by Takakura Kazuki and Takeda Shun. These verses are then broken down into individual words, creating a pool of 108 x 108 x 108 words. Viewers are invited to create their own haiku (5-7-5) by selecting words from this pool.

The haiku selected by the viewers are then transformed into 50-word English poems by ChatGPT. The resulting poems are read by an image-generating AI, developed by Kandagawa Sōyō and Takakura, which mimics Takakura's artistic style. This process summons a new yōkai, which is immediately turned into an NFT bearing the name of the haiku and released online.

This exhibition revisits a theme that Surrealism had pursued from the perspective of today's AI. Modern generative AI, such as ChatGPT and Stable Diffusion, learns from archives of human texts and images available on the internet and outputs text and images based on non-human imagination. This process of accessing the archives of humanity through the internet and using non-human imagination resembles Surrealism's attempt to access the human unconscious during its heyday. Instead of accessing the internal world of dreams and unconsciousness, modern humans access the collective archive of humanity through the internet and use non-human imagination to make choices based on "unconscious consciousness." This exhibition performs a ritual to summon countless new "yokai" as non-existing beings on the digital realm through the collaborative imagination of the author, viewer, and AI.


Artwork/Exhibition Design: Takakura Kazuki
AI co-development: Kandagawa Sōyō
NFT Program/Application co-development: NEORT
Text co-creation (haiku): Takeda Shun
Stage Art co-creation: Katarushisu no Kishibe (Unno Rintaro and Takamisawa Shunsuke)
Printing support: Sanem Color
Voice Actors: Takakura Kazuki, Motomura Junko, Takeda Shun, Guchi Kin, Nari Tai-encho, Udon 1-go, Isotani Kayoko, Yoshida-san, Shinoda Chiaki, Borutanext5.


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    みえるもの あらわれるもの いないもの / AI Yokai Summoning Ritual

    This work is a collection of yokai summoned by viewers at NEORT++, the venue for Kazuki Takakura's solo exhibition, "AI Yokai Summoning Ritual".

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    Born in 1987 in Yamanashi Prefecture, he received his MFA from Tokyo Zokei University in 2012, and uses technologies such as 3DCG, pixel animation, 3D printing, VR, AI, and NFT to create works on the theme of rewriting the rules of contemporary art through Eastern thought and pursuing new values in digital data. He is currently working mainly on the concept of Japanese Buddhism. Currently, he creates works mainly based on the concept of Japanese Buddhism. He is a part-time lecturer at Kyoto University of Art, and is currently developing the NFT series "BUSDDHA VERSE" at opensea.


  • 2023.5.13 09:00 _ 2023.5.13 12:00

    "みえるもの あらわれるもの いないもの"オープニングレセプション
    We will pleased to hold an opening reception for "AI Yokai Summoning Ritual" exhibition. No reservation is necessary and everyone is welcome. maruka 3F, Nihonbashi Bakurocho 2-2-14, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
  • 2023.5.14 09:00 _ 2023.5.14 10:00

    "みえるもの あらわれるもの いないもの" ギャラリートーク たかくらかずき × 神田川雙陽 × NIINOMI
    A talk event on "AI Yokai Summoning Ritual" will be held by Takakura Kazuki, Kandagawa Shuyo, and NIINOMI.
  • 2023.6.3 09:00 _ 2023.6.3 10:00

    "みえるもの あらわれるもの いないもの" ギャラリートーク 2 たかくらかずき × 武田俊
    Haiku writing talk event by Kazuki Takakura and Shun Takeda on "AI Yokai Summoning Ritual".