Sachiko Kodama + Minako Takeno
Born 1970 in Shizuoka, Japan. 1993; B.A., Hokkaido University (Division of Physics.). 1995; M.A., Tsukuba University (Master's Program in Art and Design.) 2000; Completed Doctoral Program in Arts and Design, Received Ph.D. from Tsukuba University. For several years, Kodama has studied about image art works using a computer and holography, now she is making interactive art works using digital media or new materials such as magnetic fluid to explore the theoretical and practical study of media arts. Works Exhibited: Artec'95, 97, 1996; One-man Show (Kobayashi Gallery, Tokyo). 1997; Para Para Parallax Exhibit (Gallery NW House, Tokyo). In 2000, Kodama and Takeno started collaboration in making Prtorude, flow. This work was presented in Siggraph 2001 Art Gallery. A research associate of Univ. of Electro-Communications (Tokyo).
Born 1969 in Tokyo, Japan. Graduated from Tama Art University. 1995. M.A., Tsukuba University (Master's Program in Arts and Design, Plastic Arts and Mixed Media Course.) Her main theme has been making people to conscious of an unseen, but existing force "gravity", "magnetism". Works Exhibited: 1995; Color Wonderland (Minato Mirai 21 Yokohama Hall, Yokohama), Miracle Lab Exhibit (Parthenon Tama, Tokyo), One-man Show (Studio Kinshicho, Tokyo). 1996; Eggs of Mobius (O Museum / Parthenon Tama, Tokyo), Reminiscences of Scientific Arts Exhibit (The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research). 1998; The 27th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum). 1999; One-man Show "rise" (Suikatou Gallary, Tokyo), The International KATACHI U SYMMETRY II Symposium (University of Tsukuba) Received the Best Presentation Award. 2001; ZONE Exhibit (Para Globe, Tokyo), etc.
Modeling physical material more freely and making it move more flexibly is a dream long sought after by human beings, and many artists have created surreal illusions in pictures or moving images. But those were imaginary. Can we obtain a real object that transforms as we designed it? Protrude, flow is an interactive installation which expresses the dynamics of fluid motion of physical material, the dynamics of organic, wild shapes and movements of liquid by means of digital computer control. Protrude, flow uses magnetic fluid, sound, and moving images. Affected by the sounds and spectators' voices in the exhibition place, the three-dimensional patterns of magnetic fluid transform in various ways, and simultaneously its flowing movement and dynamic transformations are projected on the wide screen. The magnetic fluid appears as a black fluid. It is made by dissolving ferro magnetic micro-powder in a solvent such as water or oil, and it remains strongly magnetic even in the fluid condition. Therefore, it is more flexibly transformable than iron sand and so it is possible to create more complicated three-dimensional organic patterns. That appear occasionally as pointed mountains or pliable organic shapes, sometimes as flowing particle streams. The transformation of magnetic fluid is caused by the interaction with environmental sound. The sounds in the exhibition place (sounds created by artists, and voices of spectators) are caught by a microphone hanging from the ceiling, then a computer converts the sound amplitude to electromagnetic voltage which determines the strength of the magnetic field. At the same time, the magnetic fluid changes its three-dimensional patterns sequentially. Each pattern appears synchronized to the environmental sound and the points of the shapes move correspondingly. As a result, magnetic fluid pulsates according to the sound. A digital video camera captures images of the moving magnetic fluid, and projects it on the screen.
2001©Sachiko Kodama & Minako Takeno