Watage Interactive Installation by Arisa Nakayama

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Watage

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Interactive Installation

INSPIRATION:
I developed a deep fascination with plants that stand serenely in the midst of this whirlwind of a world that changes at an incredible speed. In this project I make an inquiry into what constitutes a new form of expression that does not owe anything to fast-evolving modern technology. I believe that as we process an overwhelming amount of stimulation in our daily lives, what we truly need at this time is to cultivate a keen perception of subtle stimuli and be more attuned to them.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Arisa Nakayama's work, Watage, visualizes the faint motion of otherwise imperceptible air. Fragile and ethereal, Watage flutters at the slightest swirl of the surrounding air. And when decay takes over, it will return to the earth, to sprout again one day. Each part of Watage reacts to the subtle motion of air caused by breath or movement of passersby. This work manifests itself without technology through simple visual feedback, leading viewers to apperceive their own existence with refreshed clarity.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
When a person passes by, their movement creates a faint motion that breathes life into the work. This visualizes the motion of air otherwise unnoted.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Watage project started in May 2016 in Tokyo, while I was still a student at Tama Art University. The works that are part of this project were shown at several venues in Tokyo: galleries in the Omotesando and Shibuya districts, and in the Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation). It is still an ongoing project.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The main material used in my work, Watage, is dandelion puff. I focus on two themes: 1. Airflow I use a small amount of glue to connect the puffs and shape the whole. When a person passes by, their movement creates a faint motion that breathes life into the work. This visualizes the motion of air otherwise unnoted. 2. Transformation When dipped into water, dandelion fluff acquires a new form and transforms further as it dries out. Throughout this process the puffs evolve into unique shapes.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Size min 10×33×3, max 70×75×40 (mm) Weight min 0.0017, max 0.01 (g)

TAGS:
dandelion, art, interactive, installation, media_art, craft

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
As I studied media art, I was amazed at the pace at which technology trends change, and at the same time felt vulnerable to its speed. I set out to use dandelion fluff instead of electricity to make the work interactive. Participants discover how the motion is born of subtle movements of air. Technological development is an integral part of the modern world, yet there is great value in other aspects of this world unrelated to technological progress. This project strives to convey this message.

CHALLENGE:
Watage’s concept is to create an interactive experience without the use of electricity. It is worth noting that the simple experience of interacting with an inanimate object without any electric devices can produce an incredible impact on the human mind. watage goes beyond its aesthetic value of a small craft object. By visualizing the faint flow of air, this work functions as an interactive mechanism, and makes the whole space where the object is exhibited a piece of art.

ADDED DATE:
2019-02-22 23:41:16

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Arisa Nakayama, 2018.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Arisa Nakayama

PROFILE:
Arisa Nakayama is an installation artist based in Tokyo. Born in Japan, she is a daughter of a Peruvian of Japanese descent and a Thai of Chinese descent. After graduating from Tama Art University, Department of Information Design, Art and Media Course, she continued her artistic endeavors at Tokyo University of The Arts, Department of Design, Space Direction Studio. Her signature projects are watage – an interactive installation where dandelion puffs substitute the use of artificial driving force to animate the work, a collection of motion pictures highlighting the subtle movements of everyday life objects, and weeds-focused street art. Nakayama placed New Face Award in Arts categories at the 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival held in Japan(2019). She is a second prize winner of SICF18 (Spiral Independent Creators Festival 18) held in Japan, she also received an audience choice award (2017), among others .

NOMINATION DETAILS

Watage Interactive Installation by Arisa Nakayama is a Nominee in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Watage Interactive Installation by Arisa Nakayama is Winner in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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