Searching with Kappa
Open experiments about dialogue, unfolding in a public space
Continuing on from its previous appearance at Kyoto Experiment in the spring, this research project centers on a team of designers and architects. The earlier version, In search of Kappa, explored urban infrastructure in the Okazaki area of Kyoto through full-scale wooden replicas installed in the courtyard of ROHM Theatre Kyoto. It created a new type of landscape, an open laboratory where normally ignored examples of infrastructure such as power panels and traffic lights became an unexpected place for children to play.
This time, the project investigates the incomprehensible and the inconvenient in ways that go beyond conventional ideas through the theme of dialogue, not only between people but also between inorganic and organic objects, and relationships that transcend time and space. Similarly to spring, at the heart of the project is partnership of a design team UMA/design farm, who handles art direction for Kyoto Experiment, and an architecture unit, dot architects. Harnessing knowledge and perspectives of design and architecture, the project redefines the “dialogue” that we overlook every day to create a forest of dialogue in ROHM Square.
- 2016 AUTUMN
- ROHM Square, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
- Osaka, Japan
UMA / design farm
Founded in 2007 by Yuma Harada. Based in Osaka, the studio works with regional and welfare projects to create new experiences that visualize ideas through graphic design, spaces, exhibitions, and project planning. Placing an emphasis on thinking and creating together, its design practice is based on repeated dialogue and experimentation.
Its past work includes Shodoshima Hishio-no-sato + Sakate Port Project Relational Tourism, an art project for Shodo Island (Kagawa Prefecture), and the Good Job! project offering employment for the disabled, run by Tanpopo-no-ye, Nara. Its current members are: Yuma Harada, Keisuke Yamazoe, Ryosuke Nishino, and Yuka Tsuda.
Toshikatsu Ienari and Takeshi Shakushiro jointly established architecture firm, Dot Architects, in 2004. The base of activity is Kitakagaya, Osaka. They work on not only architectural planning, but also various projects with people from different fields. Super Parallel Design Process is their idea that regardless whether a professional or not, they let various people involve with their projects throughout the process of designing and construction-Inclusive Architecture is done by working and building with disabled people, and Umaki Camp is done by cooperating with people in Shodo-Shima Island.
In addition to architectural designing and planning, they conduct research projects, site constructions, and art projects. The current member is Toshikatu Ienari, Takeshi Shakushiro, Wataru Doi, and Hidefumi Terada.
|Concept / production / exhibition||UMA/design farm + dot architects|
|Project manager||Eriko Kamimura|
|Sponsored by||Shiseido Co., Ltd.|
|Presented by||Kyoto Experiment|