Japanese Artists Participate in Teknopolis 2020 at BAM Fisher

Teknopolis 2020

Thursday, February 27 through Sunday, March 8

BAM Fisher – 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn

Admission: $45 Adults/$25 Youth (ages 9-17)/$18 Children (ages 6-8) No VR

Teknopolis returns to the BAM Fisher for its fourth year with an ambitious new program. It is designed to inspire creativity, connect with the future, and encourage a renewed sense of play.

Transform the world around you at this interactive technology showcase. Create a living painting, play a rock concert using only household objects, and fly through a surreal dreamscape. Today’s leading digital artists and technologists use virtual reality, augmented reality, projection mapping, and other innovative tools to create multi-sensory installations. Your participation brings the installations to life.

This year, the showcase includes 20 highly interactive installations and six 360° films with artists from 12 different countries, including Japan. You can find their work throughout five levels of the BAM Fisher building.

Participating Japanese Artists

ObOrO by Ryo Kishi
ObOrO by Ryo Kishi

Ryo Kishi: ObOrO

Illuminated spheres hover in the air with no support from strings or wires in this interactive kinetic sculpture installation from Japanese artist Ryo Kishi. An invisible airstream that is based on the Coandă effect guides their dynamic fluctuations. The Coandă effect describes the propensity of a jet of gas or liquid to flow along a curved surface, rather than away from it. The spheres continually turn and vibrate like living organisms, responding in unexpected ways to visitors’ interactions with the air around them.

TETSUJIN – AUDIO VISUAL (Tetsuto Takahashi and Maiko Moshimura): Star Jam Street – Musical Cleaning Instrument Reverie

Interactive performance art transforms everyday objects into musical instruments. Participants can play a broom guitar, dustpan keyboard, and duster drum, designed by Japanese artists Tetsuto Takahashi and Maiko Moshimura. Objects are motion-activated, similar to playing air guitar. The position and pressure connect with a sensor and convert to MIDI data, causing video and lighting to run. Anyone can pick up and play easily, and more advanced musicians can create songs.

About BAM

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is a multi-arts center located in Brooklyn, New York. For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities. With world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more, BAM showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters.

Teknopolis is limited to ages six and up and is not appropriate for audiences five and under. Each guest, regardless of age, must purchase a ticket in advance. An adult must accompany children under age 12. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit BAM’s website.

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