ON OLFACTORY ART (2008)
On Olfactory Art (written in 2008)
In my artistic practice I use smell as a medium to incorporate the olfactory sense in art. Speaking generally about smell, we often think about its practical applications: perfumery, toiletry, flavoring etc. Contrarily, I focus on the parts that are related to memories, emotions, perceptions, and experiences. The smell that I present is like a piece of painting.
Currently I am one of the few artists in the world focusing solely on the olfactory sense. Honorary enough I have been invited to the unique art exhibition with the smells (and of the smells) “If There Ever Was” held in the U.K. in 2008.
CV (2010-2018): please download from this link:
Now and then I give ORIGAMI WORKSHOPS at the art academies. The workshop is intended to give inspirations in relation to e-craft and smart textiles.
2009 @ Willem de Kooning Art Academy (Crsslab)
2012 @ Willem de Kooning Art Academy (Smart Textiles)
Origami Workshop and Arduino Motor Control
On 14 February, we’re very lucky to have Maki Ueda join us to show us the basics of paper folding and origami. We’ll also look at different ways that textiles can move, including an introduction to using motors with Arduino.
What we’ll do:
- Paper folding and origami workshop with Maki Ueda
- A first look at Arduino and motors
- Discuss other ways textiles can move
What to bring:
Please bring some paper to fold, plus a different kind of textile for experimentation – fabric, plastic, etc.
Links from Maki:
- Preview: the last workshop in 2009 @ crosslab
- We’ll fold this together: Miura-ori
- Origami Club: contains hundreds of basic models
- Kusudama: making abstract & architectural origami
- Toshikazu Kawasaki: origami mathematician, famous for his “Kawasaki Rose”
- Mathematics of paper folding
Inspiration and related links:
- Pleat Farm blog
- Folding magnetic curtain by Florian Kraeutli
- Growing light by Jordy Rooijakkers
- Folding dresses by Alexandra Verschueren
- ShapeShift electroactive polymer
- Walking City dresses by Yin Gao
- Living Pod dresses by Yin Gao
- Wearable Structures on the Creators Project
- Bacterial Motility by Erdel Kiziltoprak
- Inflatable textile animations
- Hysterical Bubble by Anja Hertenberger
The video from the lesson is online – you can watch it here.
JAPAN | TOKYO
Since I have lived abroad for a long time, I often get questions like "Do you have any tips for Tokyo visit?"
Here's a collection of such Q&A's.
1 & 6 in this article are my recommendations.
Also, I've heard that people are positive about 3 & 4.
[excursions around Tokyo]
Kamakura & Enoshima Area
1 hr from Tokyo to the South. Close to the coast. Authentic. Perfect walking route in the mountain hopping around the temples. If you take a tram "Enoden" either from JR Fujisawa or JR Kamakura St, getting around along the coast is easy too. Its atmosphere, culture, nature, and food is wonderful. Day-trip is possible from Tokyo, but staying overnight could be nice too. Enoshima is an island that you can access from Enoshima St. of the tram.
Authentic town near Narita Airport.
Authentic town north of Tokyo, 30min by train.
30 min train from Tokyo. Good hiking course. (Actually a serious mountain walk!).
There's a monastery, so you can also enjoy the buddhist cuisine (vegan)
2-3 hrs North of Tokyo. Accessible via train from Tokyo. Deep in a mountain. Big and traditional monastery Nikko Tosyogu. Also easy to find the buddhist cuisine.
2 hrs Southwest of Tokyo. Hot spring area.
Site of Reversible Destiny
The whole park is a wonderful architectural artwork itself. But far from Tokyo.... 3 hrs by train!
NTT ICC (in Tokyo)
Ghibli Museum (in Tokyo)
This is where any Japanese kids would like to go once. Some media art works by Toshio Iwai.
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