The development of information technology has gradually increased the possibility of treating many resources, including elements of the physical world, as controllable computational objects. At the same time, we are realizing that we cannot manipulate the world just as we wish (nor should we), accepting the limitations of human-centered design and the need for a shift to pluriversal design. Future technology will be required to play an even greater role as a lens for noticing and seeing through the existence of things, and phenomena that make up the environment and as an interface for creating inclusive relationships with phenomena that are not easily controllable. Rather than dismissing the uncontrollable as noise or coincidence, we will explore the possibilities of building “appropriate” relationships and the technology to create new values by utilizing the characteristics of these things that behave under their own mechanisms and principles. This exhibition by Yasuaki Kakehi Lab of the University of Tokyo will feature three works: Ephemera is an installation that uses the image of bubbles forming autonomously in a container. ExpandFab is a three-dimensional object that transforms as it grows. See-saw is a kinetic installation that focuses on the movement created through the behavior of a liquid moving silently inside an object. These works incorporate phenomena that cannot always be precisely controlled into the work and reveal narratives within each change.
Harpreet Sareen (US/IN/JP), Yibo Fu (CN/US), Yasuaki Kakehi (JP)
Ephemera is an installation composed of glass vessels that are hydrophobically treated for controlled micro/nano structures on surfaces. On pouring a carbonated liquid, bubble generation is activated, with bubbles of carbon dioxide of various sizes sticking at defined points on the surface. These bubble images and patterns are stable for one day before they start to gradually shrink and disappear.
Takafumi Morita (JP), Yasuaki Kakehi (JP)
See-saw is a kinetic installation moving according to a liquid flow. By adjusting the position of the center of gravity of the liquid filled inside, the inclination of each see-saw keeps changing dynamically. The silent movement of the liquid is realized by the Electro-hydrodynamics phenomenon. This installation visualizes invisible driving forces through liquid defying gravity.
Hiroki Kaimoto (JP), Junichi Yamaoka (JP), Satoshi Nakamaru (JP), Yoshihiro Kawahara (JP), Yasuaki Kakehi (JP)
ExpandFab is a fabrication method of creating objects that expand and become massive when heated. This process causes the object to wiggle dynamically. The balance between the designed shape and the environmental conditions produces unique motions and appearances. In this work, we created figures of creatures, characters, and so on focusing on this deformation process, and attempted to extract narratives from the materials.
Ephemera: Supported by JSPS KAKENHI (Grant Number 20H05960)
See-saw: Supported by JSPS KAKENHI (Grant Number 21H04882), Research Collaborators: Yu Kuwajima, Ayato Minaminosono, Shingo Maeda
ExpandFab: Supported by JST ERATO Project