Promise Park Project [2014]
MOON Kyungwon +YCAM
"Research Showcase"

Research Showcase

Responding to the "Promise Park" that Moon unveiled in 2013, the YCAM staff has been conducting research together with invited guest researchers of respective fields such as cultural history, folklore, art history, media and architectural history, with the aim to find clues for discussing possible forms of parks in the future. The results were then presented in the form of a research showcase exhibition.

In addition to texts and other materials, a system using virtual reality (VR) technology for translating the results of studies and investigations into sensuously experienceable imagery, and other basic technologies that had been previously developed by the YCAM InterLab, were introduced during the exhibition period in demonstrations by members of the InterLab.

Promise Park Project [Research Showcase]
  • Times and Dates : 1th Nov, 2014 - 11th Jan, 2015 10:00-19:00
  • Venue : Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
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Handout
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St 1.0 – From «niwa» stone to Park

Guest researcher
Rurihiko Hara
Modern cultural studies, currently enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Tokyo

This was an attempt to trace the genealogy of "park" type spaces as they have existed in Japan since ancient times, with a view not only to the garden as the supposed prototype of the park, but to all kinds of situations in natural and urban settings, and with a focus on the presence of "stones" in both types of environments. The research activities included on-the-spot studies of various types of stones found in Yamaguchi City, which were eventually collected in a stone archive with the aim to examine the relationship between stones and people's lives on a rather microscopic level.

This interactive system allows users to experience a "trip" within the visuals from one stones' location to another, and thereby explore the geographical relationships between rocks.
This interactive system allows users to experience a "trip" within the visuals from one stones' location to another, and thereby explore the geographical relationships between rocks.
Archive of stones production, with stones as a central perspective, 360 views of image collections are filmed at 16 locations in Yamaguchi.
Archive of stones production, with stones as a central perspective, 360 views of image collections are filmed at 16 locations in Yamaguchi.
Also developed was a VR technology based imagery device for immersing oneself in sceneries with stones. As the visuals connect in the direction the user faces in, the device creates a realistic sensation as if actually being there.
Also developed was a VR technology based imagery device for immersing oneself in sceneries with stones. As the visuals connect in the direction the user faces in, the device creates a realistic sensation as if actually being there.

Millennium Village Project in Suzenji, Japan

Guest researcher
Millennium Village Project

In their joint project, architectural historian Norihito Nakatani (Waseda University), horticulturist and landscape designer Takeshi Kinoshita (Chiba University) and urban / architectural historian Shigeatsu Shimizu (Kyoto Institute of Technology) conduct research in Japanese villages where people have been living and working since more than a thousand years. This time, a total of eleven researchers from different fields of expertise have conducted fieldwork in the Suzenji district in Yamaguchi City, focusing on geographical features and old folk houses in the settlement.

From their studies of old folk houses, researchers from the field of architectural history understood that the characteristic yadare (spaces under the eaves) of private homes in this region function as semipublic spaces.
From their studies of old folk houses, researchers from the field of architectural history understood that the characteristic yadare (spaces under the eaves) of private homes in this region function as semipublic spaces.
Drone-filmed aerial footage of a settlement. Aerial pictures of the village's geographical features are being archived and used for research and analysis. Other footages are filmed with head-mounted special cameras, recording the research activities from each expert's individual point of view.
Drone-filmed aerial footage of a settlement. Aerial pictures of the village's geographical features are being archived and used for research and analysis. Other footages are filmed with head-mounted special cameras, recording the research activities from each expert's individual point of view.