Past Projects

exhibits, fieldwork, video work, personal projects I worked on


2021


What does a sense of belonging....really mean to you?
a personal project coming soon...

2020



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, 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.
Read more on the final output of the project here >

2019


Home In Tokyo: Reflection (2019)Short documentary, 5 minutes 25 secs
This video was created during the process of Tokyo Art Research Lab “Study 3: ‘Home’ in Tokyo” organized by Arts Council Tokyo. For more information, click here (web in Japanese).


I packed my bags and moved to Japan in 2016. It’s been three years in Japan as an international student. My time here is about to reach its end, and a new one is about to start in a different place. On the other hand, they are still many international students discovering various possibilities in the life, exploring the foreign Tokyo with new found curiosity.
In 2019, I met Nuruul, an Indonesian, and Lek, a Singaporean. They both started school in 2018. Seeing the energy and enthusiasm in their eyes, it's as if I saw a reflection of my past. Because we come from different backgrounds, it may seem that we think and feel very differently. Through snapshots taken on disposable cameras, self-curated videos and photographs, this film is an exploration and, a reflection of sceneries and routines that helped define the place where we call as our ‘home’.


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

Posters of People, Kato-ken (2017-2020)

Posters and Video of seminar’s ‘camp‘. 




2018 


Exploring 的な (tekina), learning ways of expression
Group work.
a manual guideline to ‘impersonate’ Tiger Tateishi’s style
with Kuji Mayu and Sakiko Yazawa




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 genres. In order to understand the root of Tiger Tateishi’s style, we proceeded with fieldwork into an archive of his past interviews in art magazines, as well as 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 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
Group work., exhibit
created a ‘smell map’ of Sakuragaoka, Shibuya
with Nao Kokaji, Genta Mizuno

    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. 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 redevelopment 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, we 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 redevelopment as such smells are bound to disappear in place of new office buildings and condominiums.




2017

Special Research Project
co-created solar instruments. 
collaboration between Keio students and engineers of KMUTT



MaTTello: an exploration of mobile vehicles and creating “hitotoki” (the moment)
Group work, exhibit
prototype of a mobile xylophone scooter



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.