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Corpora in Si(gh)te

doubleNegatives Architecture

New style media technology architecture exhibition
Autonomously environment-responsive architecture extracted through information networks

doubleNegatives Architecture (dNA) is a group of architects that have been exploring new possibilities in architecture across a variety of media and platforms. This exhibition introduced the latest results of dNA's "Corpora" project aimed at the realization of "autonomously forming architecture", "architecture incorporating new methods of spatial notation" and "architecture that is sensitive to the environment".
The project, in which constantly transforming invisible architecture is set up and subsequently output in the form of visuals, plans and objects based on an original dNA-developed spatial notation method and environmental information collected by a network of sensors installed around the venue, highlighted the possibility of dialogue between architecture and its environment as facilitated by cutting-edge media technology and radical visions.
Date
October 13, 2007 - January 13, 2008
Place
Studio B, Foyer, Gallery second floor
Special Site
http://corpora.ycam.jp/
Poster & Flyer

Works

Corpora in Si(gh)te (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

doubleNegatives Architecture

"Sensory architecture" incorporating an original spatial notation method and spatial operation system

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Corpora in Si(gh)te (Commissioned by YCAM / World Premiere)

doubleNegatives Architecture

"Sensory architecture" incorporating an original spatial notation method and spatial operation system

Architecture that autonomously manifests itself in informational spaces as three-dimensional spatial information.
The nodes that configure this architecture become subjective standpoints that each possess a sort of sensory perception, and relocate, disappear or replicate while analyzing environmental information and relationships between the nodes. This process is continually repeated at each nodal point, and eventually culminates in the state of a "self-generating corporate body" as indicated in the keyword "corpora" in the title.
This exhibition featured an installation in which the general idea of architecture generated this way could be experienced interactively, as well as plastic objects embodying parts of the architecture. In addition, it included displays at various points in the Center, on which real-time images of the architecture as seen from the respective location overlapped with images of the actual scenery.

"Super Eye": The ultimate subjective point of view
The unique spatial notation method proposed by doubleNegatives Architecture is applied for describing the direction and distance to an object from one's own point of view. In this work, each nodal point continuously determines its own relationship with the surrounding nodes (concentration/sparsity, self-sustaining potential, etc.) based on this notation method.

Sensors
Approximately 30 small-sized sensor units detecting temperature, humidity, illuminance, voice level, etc. are distributed across the Chuo Park in front of YCAM, while an aerovane is installed on the Center's rooftop. Through wireless ad hoc communication between these devices, a mesh network is established that transmits environmental information from the surroundings of YCAM to a computer.
Each nodal point continues to change its state based on data collected by the sensors.

Installation
Projected onto a large screen set up at the venue are plans of this architecture depicted according to the "Super Eye", superimposed by way of AR technology with images of the architecture's actual exterior view. Through these images, the viewer can experience a state that crosses back and forth between local and holistic standpoints. Furthermore, inside the venue, sounds responding to the nodes' transformations created the impression of actually being inside the architecture.

Objects
In the Foyer, objects made of aluminium and iron representing data of parts of the architecture cut out at certain points in time were exhibited. These works allowed viewers to experience on a human scale what kinds of instinctive feelings and impacts the space defined by the architecture exerts.
Tour Information
  • March 17 - May 11, 2010 Ars Electronica in Mexico
    Venue: Laboratorio Arte Alameda (Mexico)

  • September 3 - October 4, 2010 Ars Electronica 2009
    Venue: OK Center for Contemporary Art (Austria)

  • January 26 - March 8, 2009 Transmediale.09
    Venue: Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (German)

  • September 14 - November 23, 2008 Venice Biennale: The 11th International Architecture Exhibition
    Venue: Hungarian Pavilion, Giardini (Italy)

Events

Artist Talk

October 13, 2007

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Artist Talk

The opening of this exhibition was accompanied by a three-part talk sessions. In the first part, Sota Ichikawa from this time's featured artist collective doubleNegatives Architecture explained the background and creation process of "Corpora in Si(gh)te". In the following session, Taro Igarashi a critic and proactive observer of today's increasingly diversified architecture, reviewed the history of generative architecture. In the closing third part, Ichikawa and Igarashi met for a discussion on their respective previous statements in terms of possibilities in the realms of "architecture and environment" and "architecture and media technology."
Date
October 13, 2007
Place
Foyer
Credit
Guest: Sota Ichikawa, Taro Igarashi
Moderator: Kazunao Abe (YCAM)

Laptop Sound Concert

October 13, 2007

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Laptop Sound Concert

Held in celebration of the exhibition opening was a live concert featuring a total of four artists/musicians including "The Cellular Automaton Band", a laptop duo made up of Sota Ichikawa and Akihiro Kubota.
Date
October 13, 2007
Place
Studio A
Credit
Live: The Cellular Automaton Band [Akihiro Kubota + Sota Ichikawa], Taeji Sawai, Akihiro Kubota + Satoru Higa, Marina Yanagisawa

Profiles

Credit

Organized by:

  • Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion

In association with:

  • Embassy of Switzerland
  • Embassy of the Republic of Hungary
  • Yamaguchi City
  • The Board of Education of Yamaguchi City

Special Cooperation:

  • University of the Arts Zurich (ZHdK), Department of Interaction Design
  • Nextlab

Cooperation:

  • The Asahi Shimbun

Technical support:

  • YCAM InterLab

Produced by:

  • Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
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