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Expanding the CCBT’s activities from Shibuya, the CCBTx pop-up event “Art as Catalyst” was held at SusHi Tech Square 1F Space in Yurakucho.

The “Ars Electronica Inspiration” exhibition introduced artists and artworks inspiring society and people, while talk sessions featured artists’ talks as well as diverse discussions with Japanese creative x start-up players. Workshops invited participants from children to adults to demonstrate their creativity and have a go at making things and creating narratives on the future.

Through their activities and works, artists suggest new viewpoints to us, raising questions about things that we take for granted or consider the norm, and engendering dialog between people.

By focusing on the various ways artists inspire society, this event explored pointers towards innovation.

“Art as Catalyst” 2023
©Sakura Sueyoshi / Nacása & Partners Inc.


「Ars Electronica Inspiration」

Yuima Nakazato


Anouk Wipprecht


“Ars Electronica Inspiration” Planning Team

Hideaki Ogawa (Creative Director of CCBT/ Co-Director of Ars Electronica Futurelab)
Kyoko Kunoh (Ambassador of Ars Electronica)
Denise Hirtenfelder (Researcher at Ars Electronica Futurelab)


Admission Free/ Advance registration is required

This program offers card games inspiring innovation, and workshops for making things which stimulate creativity.

12.15 FRI


12.16 SAT / 12.17 SUN

Make Your Own Board Games


Admission Free/ Capacity: 40 persons per session/ First come, first served

Artists and creative x start-up players will hold a talk session to consider the relationship between art and innovation and explore civic creativity together.


In 2022, a new creative hub for people, “Civic Creative Base TokyoCCBT”, emerged in Shibuya. CCBT is aimed at transforming Tokyo into a better city through creativity and technology, creating ideas towards this goal together with members of the public.

“Art as Catalyst” will explore the relationship between art and innovation through “Ars Electronica Inspiration,” a program introducing citizen-driven creative projects from CCBT partner and world-renowned creative institute Ars Electronica, and through talk sessions with players active in Japan’s creative and startup scene.

Besides their modish aspect, innovations in material and technology catalyzed by artists propose a model for a sustainable co-existential future with a diverse range of people.

What constitutes civic creativity, in which the public explores its creative imagination in society?

What is the role of art in accelerating innovation?

How can we create an economic cycle benefitting society?

From the setting of this place, where we contemplate and envision a sustainable future together, we explore the future of civic creativity.


Exhibition period : December 15 [Fri] -December 24 [Sun], 2023
Opening times : Weekdays 11:00am -9:00pm (last admission 8:30pm)
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 10:00am -7:00pm (last admission 6:30pm)
Closed : December 18 [Mon], 2023
Venue: SusHi Tech Square 1F Space (3-8-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005)
Organizers : Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
In partnership with : Ars Electronica
Cooperate with: Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo, Nikkei Inc.
Official homepage : https://ccbtx.jp/art-as-catalyst/en

*Please note program details are subject to change.


Ars Electronica

Ars Electronica is a creative center for art and advanced technology founded by the city of Linz, Austria. For more than 40 years, Ars Electronica has hosted the world’s largest annual media arts festival, the Ars Electronica Festival. They have also established “Futurelab,” a center for research on the future of art and technology in collaboration with businesses, government, cultural, educational, and research institutions. It also includes the Ars Electronica Center, known as the “museum and school of the future,” and the Prix Ars Electronica, which is the world’s longest running international media arts competition.



Civic Creative Base Tokyo [CCBT] opened its doors in October 2022 in Shibuya, Tokyo as a hub for the public to explore their “civic-creative” imaginations through art and digital technology. As a lab to realize and popularize this “civic creativity,” CCBT hosts projects and events in tandem with its experts and collaborators in the fields of art, design, and technology. Through its five core programs–Meetup, Workshop, Art Incubation, Camp, and Showcase–CCBT aims to become the driving force of innovation that is generated from Tokyo.



SusHi Tech Square

JR Yamanote, Keihin Tohoku Line: 1 minute walk from the Kyobashi Exit of Yurakucho Station
Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line: Immediately outside for Exit D9 of Yurakucho Station
Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line: 3 minute walk from Exit 1 of Ginza-itchome Station

*The red-roofed building is located across the street from the Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan building.
*Please note there is NO parking available at SusHi Tech Square. Please use a nearby toll car park.

Arts Council Tokyo

Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture