Video Installation: Koshoji Temple (興聖寺), Kyoto, Japan
2021 KG+ Kyotographie Satellite Exhibition: 10 10 10 Days in a City
Co-curator/photographer: 10 10 10 Days in a City. A Kyotographie+ satellite exhibition highlighting the work of 10 photographers worldwide and 10 photographers showcasing everyday life in Kyoto.
Solo Exhibition: Emergence 1
2021.8.28 – 2021.9.12. A series of images and video installation which explore the self-similar and generative nature of the physical world and human consciousness. By using a simple recursive algorithm simple geometric forms arrange to create mandala-like images.
Constructing Reality: VR and the Formless Mind
A dialogue on zen, consciousness and virtual reality between the Rev. Takafumi Kawakami and Atticus Sims
Sims, A., & Kawakami, T. (2020). Constructing Reality: VR and the Formless Mind. Kyoto Journal, Vol 98, pp 104 – 111.
VR Documentary Shorts: 2019 – 2020
Created a series of stereoscopic 360° documentaries highlighting UNESCO World Heritage sites and National Heritage sites in Japan for the AITReC foundation, including national treasures not accessible to public view at Amanosan Kongoji, Ninnaji and Hiraizumi (Iwate)
Augmented Reality Guide: Kinkakuji Temple 2019
Created an augmented reality guided tour for smartphone for the Golden Pavilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Kyoto
NOxAR: Noh Theater in Mixed Reality
Headed the NOxAR project, an interdisciplinary project exhibited at the 2018 Japan Media Arts Expo at Rohm Theater, Kyoto. This interdisciplinary project featured three performances of a 10th generation Noh master and were presented in mixed reality. Worked with a large number of stakeholders including Kyoto City, Ritsumeikan University, Japanese Ministry of Culture, The Katayama Noh Family as well as an international team of artists, animators and
48 Hour Film Project
Coordinated and led a team participating in the 48 Hour Film Project, resulting in a Special Jury Prize for innovative use of ‘hand painted’ 3D illustration created in VR. The entire short film was created in less than 48 hours.
2017 Gion Festival: Yama-hoko 3D scan + AR application
Produced augmented reality application for 2017 Gion Festival including a 3D scanned model of ‘yama-hoko’ and 360 video.
LECTURE: Building a Virtual Kyoto at Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Expo 2017
Exhibition and lecture at Silicon Valley VR Expo in San Jose, California.
VR live paintings: 2016 – 2017
Performed a series of live VR paintings at Yokai Soho (Kyoto) and Limits Digital Art Battle (Osaka)
NUIT BLANCHE 2016
VR exhibition at Kyoto Nuit Blanche Art Festival in collaboration with photographer Reylia Slaby which featured 3D scanned heritage sites in Kyoto, Japan. the exhibition took place at Yuuhisai Kodokan in Kyoto, Japan, which was part of the VR experience. As the user enters the virtual space they find themselves in the same cha-shitsu, sitting in the same place. The kakejiku is blank, but an invisible hand begins writing characters in light on the scroll, which flow out into the room and through the open door. As the viewer turns to watch this, they become aware that the garden of the exhibition space has been replaced with two scenes, the famous steps of Anrakuji Temple on a rainy night, and the brilliant Shigemori Mirei garden at Daitokuji’s Zuihoin Temple on a late summer afternoon. They are then transported to each of these scenes to witness the subject of Slaby’s photograph frozen in the moment.