CAMPUS Exhibitions

Interverse of Things

Yasuaki Kakehi Lab, The University of Tokyo (JP)

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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.


Yasuaki Kakehi Lab, The University of Tokyo is an interdisciplinary research group led by Yasuaki Kakehi, a media artist, HCI researcher and professor. They explore the possibilities of physical materials and computing to connect humans and the environment and create advanced physical interfaces and media art works. They have received awards including Honorary Mention of STARTS PRIZE 2022 and the Excellence Award of 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival.


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