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The InterCommunication Center in Japan (ICC) aims to promote dialogue among science, technology, art, and culture and to envision a future society that is rich in imagination and creativity. Exhibitions at the ICC (www.ntticc.or.jp/) will be divided into the permanent exhibit and special exhibits. The permanent looks to the future to explore new possibilities for scientific and artistic expression through works incorporating advanced technologies and virtual reality. Tachibana Hajime's Design is a surprisingly amusing interactive project triggered by the user's mouse. Visit the ICC's "Sound Art" exhibit to find featured artists, a concert, and symposium. Click on Terre Thaemlitz's link; he's a graduate from Cooper Union with a provocative Website.

Don't miss "The Kingdom of Elgaland/Vargaland" (www.it.kth.se/KREV), a kind of incorporated imaginary empire with embassies, consulate ministries, and a national hymn. The hallucinatory short history of Elgaland/Vargaland reads: "All border territories between all countries on earth, and all areas (up to a width of ten nautical miles) outside all countries' territorial waters, we designate these territories our physical territory. These territories [are] usually called No Mans Land or Border Crossings...." But since this is cyberspace, expansion is not bound by physical terrain: "Territories could also be annexed such as the borderline zones of mental diseases, near death experiences, hypnosis and mesmerism ... strokes, delirium, various influences of drugs such as peyote, LSD, Ecstasy, cannabis, thinner, alcohol ... possession by spirit, good or evil, dusk and dawn, terror, love, orgasm, interference, the state of contradiction or hesitation." By the way, while in the kingdoms, click "Other Related Projects," go to Aesthetic Meat Foundation, and select "Apocalyptic Art." I promise you won't regret it.

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