Saturday, 31 December 2011

Annual Report for 2011

The one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.
Oscar Wilde

Year 2011 will have been remembered for another millennium. One of my homeland, Egypt, and other Arabic countries experienced revolution starting from Tunisia, and Japan experienced Higashinihon (East Japan) great earthquake and tsunami which pulled nuclear disaster.

By such reasons, Ichi Kanaya and archaeological team to which he joins had to cancel travel to Egypt this year, however, they strongly hope to come back to Egypt as soon as possible especially when they heard several indispensable artefacts were damaged in this year. Though they couldn't have been in Egypt in this year, they had many progresses of data processing and will show what they achieved soon.

Ichi Kanaya and his team also sincerely hope quick recovery from the aftermath of Higashinihon great earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster of East Japan. As Japan/America Frontier of Engineer (JAFOE) symposium was scheduled at Tsukuba (East Japan) in June, they had to move the conference venue to Osaka (West Japan).

Mayuko Kanazawa and Masataka Imura continued collaboration with Ichi Kanaya and have been doing amazing works in 2011 too. The new interactive art work named Polyphonic Jump! was prized by Kobe Biennale 2011. The Mirror of Transfiguration (2009) and the Sweet Home (2010) were both first demonstrated oversea in this year.

Ichi Kanaya published a unique book titled Function + Action = Program. The book is totally dedicated to functional programming, and supports more than 20 languages.

The full story can be downloaded from here.

Monday, 26 December 2011

Polyphonic Jump coming back [Kobe]

The interactive media art Polyphonic Jump! is coming back to Kobe! From 1st to 3rd January, 2012, the Polyphonic Jump will be exhibited at Hotel Okura Kobe. (Admission: 200 JPY.)

Polyphonic Jump is an apparatus for human beings to be immersed in a fantasy world where many creatures chorus in polyphony. Audiences stand in front of a huge canvas on which picture of forest is painted with oil, and jump for interacting with oil-painted animals on the canvas as if the audiences were also on the canvas. The audiences will feel they are actually in a picture book.

For seamless integration of physical painting which gives true reality and computer-generated animation which moves dynamically and interacts with audiences, the authors put real-time 3D modeling and projection technology in this artwork.

*Official Wiki Page


Sunday, 25 December 2011

Video: Sweet Home [Hong Kong]

The media art SWEET HOME created by Mayuko Kanazawa, Masataka Imura, and Ichi Kanaya was exhibited at Siggraph Asia 2011 in Hong Kong. This was the first world-debut of SWEET HOME, followed by the exhibition of the Mirror of Transfiguration in Lisbon.

This movie was created by Mayuko Kanazawa.