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Takashi Kawashima
Current location
San Francisco, CA and Tokyo, Japan
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
2010, Collaborator

Takashi Kawashima is a digital designer with 16 years of experience in the industry. Kawashima specializes in crafting digital product concepts, designing user interfaces and experiences, and formulating go-to-market strategies.

Previously, he was a part of the Brand Studio and Data Arts team at Google. In addition to his design work, he creates media art and has a passion for photography.

Kawashima had the privilege of exhibiting his art internationally and receiving recognition through industry awards, such as the Japan Media Arts Festival, Cannes Lions, One Show Pencils, and the Webby Awards.



Re:Group: Beyond Models of Consensus

Partner Organizations: Not An Alternative

An exhibition curated and organized by Eyebeam, Not An Alternative, and Upgrade! NY

Eyebeam, in collaboration with Upgrade! NY and Not An Alternative, presented Re:Group: Beyond Models of Consensus, an exhibition that examined models of participation and participation as a model in art and activism.

Re:Group proposed that with participation now a dominant paradigm, structuring social interaction, art, activism, the architecture of the city, and the economy, we are all integrated into participatory structures whether we want to be or not.

The exhibition showcased work that subverts existing systems or envisions new alternatives to the ways in which individuals can take part, or choose not to take part, in social and cultural life.

Re:Group featured work by thirteen artists, designers, hackers, activists, and collectives exploring both the potential and limitations of participation, networked collaboration, and distributed labor. From the “crowdsourced” projects Ten Thousand Cents and White Glove Tracking to the tactical media art of The Yes Men and Ubermorgen, from the urban interventions of John Hawke and The Institute of Infinitely Small Things to the open platforms of Ushahidi and MakerBot – the exhibition represents a diverse range of critically and socially engaged work that rethinks the institutional practices within urban planning, civil engineering, transportation, industrial design and production, relief work, and the news media.

Re:Group opened to the public on Thursday, June 10, 2010, with a curator’s talk and a reception. The curator’s talk was moderated by Beryl Graham of the UK-based new media curatorial research institute CRUMB.

The opening week continued with a “Breakfast with the Artists” reception & talk on Friday, on  June 11, and was moderated by Re:Group curators and featuring exhibiting artists The Institute for Infinitely Small Things, Christopher Robbins, Takashi Kawashima, John Hawke, and Giana Pilar González.


Re:Group included a full complement of public programs, organized as part of Eyebeam’s annual Summer School program. Eyebeam Summer School, Digital Day Camp, offers a lively mix of master classes, free public lectures, hands-on workshops and skillshares, and youth programs.

The exhibition not only presented completed work through gallery installations, but also functioned as a platform for new collaborative work. Through workshops, master classes, and discussions led by the exhibiting artists, the processes and methodologies behind the work are opened up to gallery visitors and invited communities, providing an opportunity to extend and reinterpret the artists’ ideas in new and unexpected ways.

Re:Group: Beyond Models of Consensus is curated by Upgrade! NY, the New York node of the international network, Upgrade!, founded in 1999 by media artist Yael Kanarek. The curatorial team is former Eyebeam program manager Paul Amitai, writer/activist Marco Deseriis, Beka Economopoulos and Jason Jones of Not An Alternative, former Eyebeam education coordinator Stephanie Pereira, and designer/educator Mushon Zer-Aviv.

Giana González – Hacking Couture
John Hawke – Orange Work – Mandatory Minimum–We Have Moved!
The Institute for Infinitely Small Things – Corporate Commands
Aaron Koblin and Takashi Kawashima – Ten Thousand Cents
Steve Lambert and Packard Jennings – Wish You Were Here! Postcards from our awesome future
MakerBot Industries – MakerBot
Christopher Robbins – Work Projects Administration 2010
Christopher Robbins, John Ewing, and Carmen Montoya – Ghana Think Tank
Evan Roth and Ben Engebreth – White Glove Tracking
Ushahidi – Crisis Map of Haiti
Ubermorgen – [V]ote-Auction
The Yes Men – GOOD COP 15
YoHa (Harwood, Yokokoji– Social Telephony Files

Curated and organized by Eyebeam, Not An Alternative, and Upgrade! NY
Produced and sponsored by Eyebeam
Curatorial team: Paul Amitai, Marco Deseriis, Not An Alternative, Mushon Zer-Aviv
Curatorial assistant: Joanne Cheung
Exhibition design: Not An Alternative and Paul Amitai
Brochure and environmental graphic design: Not An Alternative
Technical management and installation: Marko Tandefelt
Exhibition installation and construction: Nicholas Fraser, Kory Hellebust, Titania Inglis, Takayuki Ito, Not An Alternative, Jamie O’Shea

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