Academic Projects

Keio University, as a member of fklab in groupwork projects. 

2017







MaTTello: an exploration of mobile vehicles and creating “hitotoki” (the moment)

       
    With the theme of mobility in creating communication “on the go”, different groups were assigned with different carriers that have different sizes and speed. Our group were assigned with a scooter, one of the most compact vehicles. In doing fieldwork in Minato Mirai, a developed office town in Yokohama, we came up with the idea of creating moments of fun while waiting for the pedestrians.

    Considering the scooter’s physical attributes, we designed the narrative that the scooter would be accompaniment to the pedestrians to the long wait of the traffic light, adding to the soundscape before crossing the road together. Although our primary target group had been businessmen, in the testing of our prototype, we found that our vehicle had drawn much attention with children: from young groups of kindergarten kids on walks with the teachers to kids after school. The physical structure alone of the metal tubes created a snowball effect of drawing more children to try and playing the instruments as we interact with them on the scooter.
    This project was exhibited in the seminar’s annual exhibition, いろんなみかた, spring 2018.




2018



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Exploring 的な (tekina), learning ways of expression 

    Metaphors and comparison, be it intentional or unintentional, are often used in everyday life to help us communicate with more ease. In this semester, we explored the theoretical aspect of defining Tekina, a work loosely defined as “like…" in Japanese. Our group had been assigned with Tiger Tateishi, an artist reknowned for his variety of mediums and genies.In order to understand the root of Tiger Tateishi’s style, we procceeded with fieldwork into an archive of his past interviews in art magazines, as well as a study his surrounding socio-environmental and political landscapes that inspired his work.

    Using the interview with his wife as the main source of information, Tiger Tateishi’s source of inspiration and the life behind his works were reimagined through field visits to his home city as well as the university he studied at. Through in-depth research  about Tiger Tateishi’s life and the environment he was in, we deeply analyzed his works and extracted the essence of what makes Tiger Tateishi’s work truly his.  In the process of doing so, we designed a manual as a guide to emulating his style which varied among different stages of his life. In our own ways, we took the step further to imagine Tiger Tateishi’s works in the modern age, such as camera filters and digital animations.  In encapsulating the change into a media form, we found that such research method can help open us to new possibilities of seeing the world, through someone’s ‘tekina’, or someone’s worldviews.




Application of ‘tekina’ in fieldwork



Exhibition with smellmap and photographs smellspots in Sakuragaoka
In applying what we learnt from the past semester to our own fieldwork, this semester’s group project focuses on how we can use our own unique worldviews to create media output based on fieldwork in Sakuragaoka, Shibuya. In other words, each groups explored what kinds of ‘filter’ to apply to the field, in hopes of finding new knowledge with the media as a communication tool that acts in between. Sakuragaoka was chosen as the field as it was planned to undergo development from the end of 2019. 
In our group, we focused on the prominent smells that we encounter every time we walked around the city. In order to capture the essence of the smell and recreate the experience, the group designed a walking route to explore Sakuragaoka based on it’s distinctive smells. The map contains 8 locations, with descriptions a link to a vocal guide voiced by the group members. 
This project’s outcome was shown in the seminar’s exhibit, Drip in Spring 2019. In the exhibition, the visitors were able to listen to a specially made track on the CD featuring a conversation between the group members in process of translating our interpretations of the ever so subjective concept of smell. We believed that the record of the smells is like a record of a city undergoing re-development as such smells are bound to disappear in place of new office buildings and condominiums.





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2019

Presentation @
International Conference on Technologies and Applications of Artificial Intelligence (TAAI)

Tekina-embedded Media as Shikake to Foster Communication A Study of Fieldwork in Sakuragaoka, Japan
Pitcha Suphantarida, Gaku Makino, Mei Someya, Fumitoshi Kato
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8959930

Fieldwork Exhibition, muzumuzu (2020)

        As part of the research taking place prior to the production of “Under the Same Roof”, I exhibited a collage of different aspects of P’Sorn through photographs collected in the first half of doing fieldwork. In this exhibition, the photographs and articles received from P’Sorn were used as the main communication tool with visitors on my experiences in fieldwork. The use of collage was an introduction of arts-based research which led to the decision to create a personal documentary as the final product.