Artist Introduction Vol.7 : Ai Hasegawa

The Chemistry of Ai Hasegawa ×Adventure World

Thinking of the Anthropocene, De-anthropocentrism
To think again about the Anthropocene, such as global warming and environmental pollution, and to think about the future, we need de-anthropocentrism with the help of marine mammals and artificial intelligence.

Ai Hasegawa’s work is based on bio-art and speculative design (a way of thinking that raises questions about underlying problems, rather than solving them). In this work, Ai Hasegawa suggests solutions to problems regarding the explosive population growth and food shortages, as well as to the protectionof precious marine life and its habitat.

<About the Artist>
Ai uses art and design to present a solution to the challenges encountered in our daily lives. At the same time, the solution itself questions our perception of living in this world. Ai graduated from the MA program at RCA (2012), got an MAS and worked as an assistant researcher at MIT Media Lab (2016). Ai has been working as a special researcher at the University of Tokyo since 2017. She published a design education book “Revolutionary20XX”.

Ai Hasegawa “I Wanna Deliver a Dolphin…” (2011 – 2013)


Adventure World

Adventure World

Wakayama Adventure World is home to 1,400 animals made up of 140 species from land, sea, and air. Known for its successful panda breeding (up to now, 7 pandas have been bred including Fuhin, born last year) and dolphin shows. It is one of Japan’s leading zoos and entertainment facilities and has been creating “smile (= happiness)” through human-animal interaction for over 40 years.

Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00
Entrance Fee: 1 hour free by showing the art week guidebook at the entrance
Closed on Wednesdays

Address: 2399 Katata Shirahama Nishimuro-gun Wakayama, Japan 649-2201