Dr. Maria Adriana Verdaasdonk (Netherlands/Australia)

Maria Adriana Verdaasdonk (Mariana) is a performer and movement educator who based herself in Tokyo in the early 1990s to study aikido at Yoshinkan Honbu Dojo, and butoh with Akiko Motofuji at Asbestos-kan studio and with Yoshito and Kazuo Ohno at Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio. In 1994 she co-founded 66b/cell as a result of work combining body movement and multimedia. In 2007 she completed a practice-led PhD at Queensland University of Technology investigating interdependencies between performing bodies, visual and sonic media through the notion of ‘poetic felt space’. Performances include Ars Electronica 2002, ISEA2002, The Japan Virtual Reality Society, Seoul International Dance Festival and World Dance Alliance Global Summit. She received an RSA Encouragement of Arts Award for visual research on the Japanese space-time concept of ‘ma’ in 1996 and the Peter Elkin Drama Prize for Faust II Project in 1997.

Tetsutoshi Tabata (Japan)
Tetsutoshi Tabata is a visual installation artist who studied the Japanese dance-theatre butoh with Yoshito Ohno and Akiko Motofuji from 1992-1996 and became deeply involved with dance performance and projected scenography. In 1994 he co-founded 66b/cell, a collective using real time and pre-recorded computer graphics and animation to create different textures, lighting and kinetic effects. Performances and presentations include Ars Electronica 2002, The Japan Virtual Reality Society, the Seoul International Dance Festival, the Adelaide Festival, the Brisbane Festival, as well as performances and installations in NYC, Europe and Asia. From 2007 to 2010 Tetsutoshi was an invited researcher at Rikkyo Amusement Research Center (Rikkyo University) investigating sound and visual environments for performance. His current work involves 3D building projection mapping to animate buildings and performance spaces: 3D objects and effects are mapped to a two-dimensional plane to create illusions such as changing structures, textures and lighting effects.


Dr. Michiaki Katsumoto (Japan)

Michiaki Katsumoto received his PhD from Toyo University in 1996. His research is in the area of ultra-realistic 3D audio systems. He worked at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) until 2012, and in 2010 he established a venture company to promote the spread of new ultra-realistic acoustic environments. He is a member of IPSJ, ASJ, IEEE Computer Society and ACM. Along with his research activities, he is also involved in creating multi-channel sound and sound for film and dance. Samples of his work include "DEAD END RUN" with 16.3ch sound system in 2001, "Isn't there any living" in 2012,  and "Flower of Shanidar" in 2013. 

Chisato Sakuma (Japan)

Chisato Sakuma studied data visualization and 3D stereoscopic dome projection through the Astronomical Observatory Science Creator course at the National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo. She currently works as a 3DCG planner and designer for a production and events company. In her free time she explores underwater realms as an avid scuba diver.


Dr. Junji Watanabe (Japan)

Junji Watanabe received his PhD in Information Science and Technology from the University of Tokyo in 2005. He studies cognitive science and communication devices with applied perception. His fields of interest are visual and haptic perception and communications. He received an honorary mention at Ars Electronica 2004 and 2011, and his works exhibited at the Ars Electronica Center. He also works in the area of stage design and dance with media performance unit 66b/cell. Collaborative works include test-patches, performed at Ars Electronica in 2002 and Seoul International Dance Festival in 2003, and the performance/installation project Living Lens.