ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
Cherry Blossom Dream
March 15th, 2018 - May 6th, 2018
Celebrate Spring, Renewal and the Cherry Blossom Season.
SAKURA YUME // Cherry Blossom Dream is a large-scale seasonal installation from ARTECHOUSE’s creative team, where elements of Japanese culture and tradition become experiences at the intersection of art and technology. Visitors are invited to step into a moonlit, floating environment where larger than life koi fish and colorful cherry blossom petals react to their presence. Contemplate the beautiful and ephemeral nature of life over an interactive 3D sculpture of koi pond and walk narrow lantern lit "streets" that respond to their footsteps.
The installation is a collaborative effort between several artist groups. Curated by ARTECHOUSE it presents five interactive experiences:
Main Gallery // Sakura Yume - Visual Installation with Interactions by NOIRFLUX
Gallery 1 // Koi Pie - 3D Interactive Sculpture by Karan Parikh and Nathan Solomon
Gallery 2 // Lantern Alley - Light Installation with Interactions by NOIRFLUX
Media Lab // Bloom - Immersive Dining Experience by Storylab*
Mezzanine Bar // Sakaba - Augmented Reality Cocktail Bar by ARTECHOUSE
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
NoirFlux is a lifetime collaboration of two friends Lorne Covington, software developer and engineer of responsive environments, and Bill Saiff, user experience developer. Together they create participatory environments that provide immersive exploration, education, advocacy, and improvisational expression. Lorne has developed his own software and techniques for the novel use of depth cameras for tracking user motions in non-traditional settings to provide interaction at both large and personal scales.
http://noirflux.com/ \\ @noirfluxarts
KARAN PARIKH & NATHAN SOLOMON
Karan Parikh is an immersive experience developer. His core areas of focus are Mixed Reality, and interaction design, and spatial adaptive audio. Nathan Solomon uses his background in film and games in co-creation of works with emphasis on physical interaction involving light/optics and technologies both archaic and modern.
@nathansolo \\ @bigbrightmonster
Storylab is an interactive experience group focused on telling stories through technological wizardry. Based in Alberquerque, NM, Storylab focuses on place-based (both physical and virtual) interactions and experiences. With years of research on human-computer interaction, as well as spatially-based historical references for public spaces, their installations bridge the gap between historical interactive principles and new technological paradigms.
https://www.storylabinteractive.com \\ @storylab.inc
500 Terry Francois Street, San Francisco, CA 94158
/ Tel. 123-456-7890
“The blooming season of Sakura is always so short lived. Our goal was to create an immersive and interactive installation that would extend this beautiful experience yet preserve the transient and ephemeral nature of it." - Tati, Founder and Managing Director.
"Being heavily invested in the DC art and culture over the past 9 years and having called DC home for over 24 years, we wanted to create an installation that would be very representative of our home city. And the city's longstanding spring tradition of the Cherry Blossoms was definitely an inspiration," - Sandro, Founder and Art Director.
"Coinciding with peak bloom, the latest ARTECHOUSE digital installation immerses you in the signature beauty of cherry blossoms. While previous installations have featured abstract geometrical figures that react to patron movements, the latest seasonal dazzler incorporates koi fish and cherry blossom petals that respond to your presence." - Washington City Paper