So Kanno, Akihiro Kato, Takemi Watanuki
robotic and website installation, 2022

Digital Artificial Life NFT which breeds and lives in the robot houses

A work that consists of robots (referred as “houses”) installed on a pedestal inside real exhibition spaces, and families of Kazokutchi – digital artificial lives that inhabit those houses. The data of each member of a Kazokutchi family (name, date of birth and family tree) are registered as NFTs, and can be traded. Kazokutchi can reproduce by fertilizing eggs, for which new NFTs are then automatically issued. For a successful fertilization, two “houses” need to be at an appropriate physical distance from each other during the breeding period.

Kazokutchi contains various hints for discussing possible new social formats, including the meanings that such novel technologies as blockchains and NFT may assume within the human society.

So Kanno creates art works using multiple machines and robots of his own making. Recent projects are focused on swarm, collective and social behavior of living beings.
Akihiro Kato focuses on the possibility of blockchain to create a new society and produces various forms of artwork. He also does curation and supervising for NFT related exhibitions.
Takemi Watanuki creates crowd simulation works on software, also he produces music videos and live visuals for concerts.

Co-developed by: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo