mui Lab will exhibit the collaborative art work in partnership with Soichiro Mihara at the Kyoto Steam 2022

25 Nov 2021

mui Lab will participate in the ‘Kyoto Steam 2022 International Competition’ as part of ‘KYOTO STEAM – World Culture Exchange Festival’, a festival of art and science.

KYOTO STEAM is a festival of futuristic and innovative projects based on the theme of art x science and technology, to be held in Okazaki, Kyoto from December 18 (Sat), 2021 to February 13 (Sun), 2022. The theme of the festival is Art x Science and Technology. Artists, scientists, researchers, craftsmen, technicians, children and adults will participate in the festival, collaborating with companies, universities and research institutes to present the results and processes of various projects in the form of exhibitions, performances, talks and workshops.

The “Kyoto Steam 2022 International Competition” is unique in Japan in that it is an international competition in which artists and companies/research institutes engage in dialogue to create artworks that are exhibited and awarded.

11 groups of artists and companies were selected by a panel of judges from among 41 companies/research institutes and 111 artworks that were entered in the open competition held during FY2020. These 11 groups collaborated to embody the possibilities of “art x science and technology”, and the results of their collaboration will be exhibited.

The collaborator of mui Lab is Soichiro Mihara, who is a media artist. He presents systems that are open to the world, and attempts to reinterpret materials and phenomena such as sound, bubbles, radiation, rainbows, microorganisms, moss, air currents, soil, water and electrons into “art”.

The details of the exhibition of Soichiro Mihara x mui Lab will be announced in January. Please stay tuned.

◆ Soichiro Mihara Profile: 
Media artist. Based in Kyoto. Mihara Soichiro is a media artist based in Kyoto, Japan, who presents systems that are open to the world and attempts to reinterpret materials and phenomena such as sound, bubbles, radiation, rainbows, microorganisms, moss, air currents, soil, water, and electrons into “art. He has traveled to 13 locations in 8 countries, from the heart of art to extreme environments, from the Arctic Circle to the rainforest, from military borders to bio-art labs. His solo exhibitions include “A World Filled with Blank” (2013, Bethanien/Germany; 2016, Kyoto Art Center/Kyoto) and “Sound Art” (2012, ZKM/Germany). He is a juror of Prix Ars Electronica 2019 and a finalist of the Nissan Art Award 2020.


【Event Overview】

Date & Time
January 29, 2022 (Sat) – February 13, 2022 (Sun) 10:00 – 18:00 (Admission until 17:30)  *Closed on Mondays

Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art, Higashiyama Cube

How to visit
Due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, opening hours and viewing methods may be subject to change. Please check the Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art website ( for the latest opening information.

Adults 1,000 yen (tax included) / Free for junior high school students and younger
Free of charge for high school students who live or go to school in Kyoto City.
Free admission for the person and one caregiver with a disability certificate.

Exhibiting artists and companies
Yasuaki Onishi x Fukuda Kinpaku Kogyo Co.
Yoshiaki Kanamori x FUJIX Co.
Miya Kaneko x Marushiguya Ltd.
Yasunori Kawamatsu × Plant-Microbe Symbiosis Research and Development Team, National Institute of Physical and Chemical Research
Yugo Kohrogi × HORIBA Ltd.
Soma Sato × KYOTO’s 3D STUDIO Co.
Kikoh Matsuura × Shimadzu Corporation
Maiku Miki × Laboratory of Medical Device Innovation, Clinical Research Department, National Hospital Organization Niigata Hospital
Soichiro Mihara × mui Lab Co.
Ayaka Miyata × SeedBank Co.
Aya Yamazaki + Michael Smith-Weltsch x Konel

The Grand Prix and Runner-up Grand Prix will be selected by the following judges from among the works exhibited in the exhibition.
Jun Aoki (Director, Kyocera Museum of Art, Kyoto)
Tamane Akamatsu (President, Kyoto City University of Arts)
Shihoko Iida (Chief Curator, International Art Festival Aichi 2022)
Yuko Kuno (Director, Kyoto University)
Naoo Tokui (President, Qosmo Corporation / Associate Professor, Keio University)

List of Awards
Grand Prix: 1 work (cash prize: 2 million yen)
1 Runner-up Prize (1 million yen)
Audience Award: 1 work (prize money: 200,000 yen)
The Audience Award will be decided by the votes of visitors.

Kyoto Steam 2022 International Competition Official HP