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, Artwork 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, Artwork and Ready-Made Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

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



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COMMENTS
Giulia Esposito Comment #9034 on December 26, 2022, 1:46 pm
I am awestruck by the sheer brilliance of this interactive installation! The creativity with which the designer has brought together the different elements and the technical skill to bring it all to life is simply breathtaking. I can only imagine the amount of hard work and dedication it took to make this project a success. It is a work of art that will inspire many generations to come. It is a great achievement and a testament to the designer's skill and talent. Congratulations to Arisa Nakayama for their well-deserved success!
Victoria Hill Comment #30324 on January 3, 2023, 9:35 am
The interactive installation, Watage, by Arisa Nakayama is an awe-inspiring work of art that captures the ethereal beauty of the motion of air. By utilizing the simple visual feedback of dandelion fluff, viewers are able to experience their own existence in a heightened state of clarity. This work is a testament to the power of design and its ability to convey meaningful messages without relying on modern technology. It is truly an amazing work of art and an admirable example of design excellence.
Thomas Anderson Comment #33177 on January 3, 2023, 10:36 am
I am in awe of the beauty and grace of Arisa Nakayama's work, Watage. It is a stunning demonstration of how an artwork can be so delicate and fragile, yet at the same time so captivating and mesmerizing. The interactive installation captures the subtle movements of air and translates them into a breathtaking visual experience. It's a fascinating concept that encourages us to truly appreciate the small details in life, and to be mindful of our own presence in the world. Watage is a truly inspiring piece of art that deserves to be celebrated and admired.
Valentina Rossi Comment #34029 on January 3, 2023, 10:53 am
This interactive installation is a captivating representation of the invisible motion of air; a unique piece of art that invites viewers to perceive and appreciate the subtle beauty of their own existence.
Patricia Miller Comment #38703 on January 3, 2023, 12:28 pm
"Watage" is a stunningly beautiful and interactive installation, which captivates viewers with its elegant visuals and subtle movements, allowing them to appreciate the delicate motion of air.
Paul Williams Comment #48670 on January 3, 2023, 4:39 pm
I am absolutely in awe of the interactive installation "Watage" by Arisa Nakayama. This stunning work visualizes the subtleties of the surrounding air, and its fragility and ethereal nature is captivating. It is truly remarkable how this work manifests without technology, providing simple visual feedback that leads viewers to appreciate their own existence with clarity. The inspiration behind this work is deeply rooted in nature, and it is truly inspiring to see how Arisa Nakayama inquires into forms of expression that do not owe anything to fast-evolving modern technology. The research behind this project is remarkable, as it seeks to convey the importance of cultivating a keen perception of subtle stimuli and being more attuned to them. The challenges of creating an interactive experience without the use of electricity are immense, and the impact this work has on the human mind is incredible. Finally, the clever use of dandelion fluff to create a work that is both aesthetically pleasing and interactive is truly remarkable. Congratulations to Arisa Nakayama on this incredible accomplishment!
Paul Phillips Comment #56136 on January 3, 2023, 8:13 pm
It's amazing how a work can be so fragile, yet so captivating! Watage is a beautiful interactive installation that captures the subtle motion of air, something that can often be overlooked. It brings out the viewer's own existence with a refreshing clarity and encourages us to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the environment around us. It's inspiring to see how such a simple design can bring so much joy and wonder. Congratulations to Arisa Nakayama for their well-deserved A' Design Award win!
Elena Petrenko Comment #59565 on January 3, 2023, 9:53 pm
A mesmerizing interactive installation that showcases the beauty of subtle movements, Watage is a captivating work of art.
Adam Harris Comment #61687 on January 3, 2023, 10:54 pm
I am absolutely inspired by Watage, an interactive installation that visualizes the subtle motions of air in an incredibly beautiful way. By using simple visual feedback, this work invites viewers to explore their own existence with a newfound appreciation. The concept of creating an interactive experience without the use of electricity is truly remarkable and gives great value to the art piece as a whole. This work is a testament of the great potential of design, and a fantastic example of good design. Congratulations to the designer for winning the prestigious A' Design Award!
Anna Ivanova Comment #69633 on January 4, 2023, 2:31 am
I am delighted to see that Arisa Nakayama's interactive installation, 'Watage', has been recognised with the A' Design Award. It is a remarkable accomplishment, one that bears witness to her creativity and innovation.
Chloe Turner Comment #70596 on January 4, 2023, 2:59 am
I am in awe of the beautiful and captivating artwork that was created in this interactive installation. It is amazing to see how the artist was able to capture the power of subtle stimuli and create something so unique. The work is truly stunning and captures the essence of the modern world and its ever-changing nature. It is a reminder for us to be more mindful of our environment and to appreciate the beauty of the subtle moments. This work is an inspiration and I am so happy to be able to celebrate its success with its creator.
Mark Allen Comment #72418 on January 4, 2023, 3:51 am
This interactive installation is a unique and awe-inspiring work that captures the beauty of nature and the imperceptible motion of air. The artwork is an inspiring reminder of the importance of subtle stimuli and encourages viewers to be more attuned to their environment. The use of dandelion fluff, a natural material, to create an interactive experience without the use of electricity is a brilliant concept. It is truly a remarkable work that deserves recognition.
Elisabeth Clark Comment #73912 on January 4, 2023, 4:34 am
As a design enthusiast, I am absolutely in awe of Arisa Nakayama's work, Watage. The interactive installation is an exquisite piece of design that captures the mysterious beauty of the natural world. Its delicate visual feedback and response to subtle movements of air is truly captivating. I am so inspired by the way it encourages us to be more mindful and aware of our own existence. The research and thought Arisa Nakayama has put into this work is evident and I can't help but be moved and humbled by it. It is an incredible achievement to have won the A' Design Award and I am so happy for Arisa Nakayama.

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