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D+M Visiting Artist Series: Machiko Kusahara

Machiko Kusahara is a researcher in media art and theory, who has been publishing and curating in the interdisciplinary field connecting art, science, technology, culture, sociology and history. She is given Ph.D in engineering from University of Tokyo for her theoretical research in this field. Before joining Waseda University Kusahara taught at UCLA’s Department of Design|Media Arts as a visiting professor from April 2002 to March 2003. As a part of the research Kusahara created a virtual museum on “Utsushi-e”, Japanese phantasmagorie (fantasmagoria) like pre-cinema animated magic lantern show, for the Ministry of Culture’s Virtual Museum. In 2001 she curated a large-scale media art /technology exhibition Fushigi Jungle for the City of Kobe. Now Fushigi Jungle 3D Virtual Museum is on the web with Deutche Welle.