The students in this wintersession Architectonics class taught by Aki Ishida will install a field of illuminated rice paper lanterns in Japan Society’s atrium. The project is a part of j-CATION, a 12-hour multi-media event to take place on April 9, 2011. Inspired by traditional Japanese lantern festivals, the installation will educate the public on the use of light and shadow in Japanese architecture, and celebrates the ephemeral, fleeting nature of materials traditionally used in Japanese rituals and events. The students will design the prototypes during wintersession, fabricate the lanterns at RISD in March, transport them to NYC and install them at the Japan Society in early April. The installation involves visitor participation. During the April 9 event, the students will run an all-day workshop to teach the visitors to make the paper lanterns and add them to the installation over the 12 hours.
The project is funded by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership Education grant, RISD Architecture Department and the Japan Society.
The class consists of nine freshmen and three sophomores, most of them looking to major in architecture. These images are from week 5 of the course. More images and updates on Japan Society’s website to follow, so please stay tuned.