Entry Title: "Lantern Field: Interactive Audio-Visual Installation"
Aki Ishida
, Blacksburg,United States
Category and Expertise: Installation, Professional

Entry Description:

This digitally interactive installation consists of folded mulberry paper illuminated with LED lights and daylight to create a multi-sensory space that responds to people's presence and behavior. Inspired by traditional Japanese lantern festivals and cherry blossom viewing, the installation creates an ephemeral place of gathering through light. This is achieved by three means: 1) Challenging the use of mulberry paper as material to capture light, both electric and natural, 2) Integrating technology that enables people's interaction with their environment and with each other, and 3) Running a public workshop in which the viewers also become the makers of the work.

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Aki Ishida is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Virginia Tech and the principal of Aki Ishida Architect PLLC. Aki's work is a synthesis of spatial uses of light and her interest in active public engagement of space. Her projects focus on the potential of light, both natural and artificial, to create opportunities for the design of environments which use light in new ways. The context of her work ranges from interactive public art installations to re-thinking healthcare delivery in hospitals. Prior to forming her firm, Aki was an associate for over four years at James Carpenter Design Associates, a studio focused on artistic and technical use of glass. She also worked at Rafael Vinoly Architects and I.M. Pei Architect. Prior to joining the faculty of Virginia Tech, she taught design studios at Rhode Island School of Design, The Pratt Institute, Parsons The New School of Design, and Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea.

Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) is one of the seven research Institutes at Virginia Tech. Focused on the intersection of the arts, creative technologies, and learning, ICAT conducts and applies trans-disciplinary, collaborative research to enhance learning in PK-12 and higher education environments. As Virginia's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 215 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $450 million. Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities.

Design Lead:
Aki Ishida

Design and fabrication of lanterns and bamboo frames:
Students in Aki Ishida's Second Year Architecture Studio at Virginia Tech, 2012/13
Tamiko Acuna, Forrest Bibeau, Joaquin Chacon, Mykayla Fernandes, Megan Gileza, Sarah Hill, John Iaconis, Jeremy Jones, Veronique Rodriguez, Samantha Sturgill, and Zachary Wolk

Fabrication Assistance:
Jonathan Foote, Carolina Dayer, Sean MacManus, Kyle Usselton, Students of Jonathan Foote's Product Making class at Virginia Tech Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center

Project funding:
The National Cherry Blossom Festival; The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery; Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology at Virginia Tech; The Japan Foundation New York's Arts & Culture grant; and College of Architecture + Urban Studies at Virginia Tech

Jeff Goldberg/Esto Photographics