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Kanazawa art residency: digital meets traditional Japanese crafts

We are in Kanazawa, Japan, for a two weeks residency, to discover the traditional Japanese crafts works developed since the Edo era (1603-1868): gold leaf and lacquer, as well as the more recent art of glass making.

This project started at a UNESCO Creative Cities meeting during a conversation between the mayors of Kanazawa (JP) and Enghien-les-bains (FR), the two cities co-producing the project with the Centre des arts of Enghien-les-Bains, a subsidised media arts center.

We are exploring possible connections between the traditional Japanese arts and the digital arts, and how softwares, algorithms, computer driven machines could be combined together with the use of gold, wood, paper, lacquer or glass.
We will spend most of the time between Mr Atsushi Ichikawa glass workshop and Kapo Art center.

I will share here the progress of the residency, from the early sketches and rough ideas, to the production process with the different craft artists we will meet, and hopefully some of the result and outputs of these two weeks. My super-producer Juliette is also sharing some of the process.


Gold leaf workshop Projection tests on glass pyramids.



Projections on glass pyramids, inspired by the Asa-no-ha (hemp leaf) pattern.

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Wood and lacquer
Patterns emerging from wood: Variations of Kikkou (turtle shell pattern)


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Projections on glass and gold leaf stars,
Inspired by the star chart found in Kitora’s tomb (late 7th century).

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