Also, the fact that, for better or worse, we share the same project name does not mean that the concept that the term signifies is the same. Dr Andreas Broeckmann, art historian and independent curator, long term director of the Transmedial Festival, getting hold of a catalogue of the first exhibition of Device Art in Zagreb, commented on the difference with the words: Exactly the opposite! Of course, there was a slight exaggeration in this, for it is not completely opposite, but it is certain that the Japanese and the Croatian versions of Device Art do differ conceptually. The Japanese term for Device Art was thought up by Dr Machiko Kusahara, a very distinguished lecturer at UCLA and Dr Hiroo Iwata from Tsukuba University, and the name, simplified, meant something that was part product, part toy, part sculpture.
There are two kinds of future, says Derrida – la future – that future that is in some sense predictable, measurable, probable, and l’avenir – which is totally unexpected and according to his way of thinking the real future. Device Art artists from Japan work on the aspect of the unexpectedness and unpredictability of our future for with their chic inventions and their mass distribution they can contribute to changing it. And if the future looks like a commercial from the Maywa Denki factory filled with playful, gentle and refined musical robots, we have nothing against it.