30 September, 2008

Photosynth - "Nakagin Capsule Tower" by Kisho Kurokawa

We made "Photosynth" from many photographs of "Nakagin Capsule Tower" - a famous metabolism architecture by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. All photographs were taken by Hidenori Watanave + Students @ Tokyo Metropolitan University and Atelier Ten Architects (winner of Digital Design Competition 2007).

We are also producing "reconstructing" and "3D visual database" of Kisho Kurokawa in Second Life. Moreover, workshop by Tokyo Metropolitan University + Miyagi University is planned in same SIM.

Details will be open to the public in a few days.

01 September, 2008


"ObaMcCain (Obama * McCain)" and "OBAMApPING (Obama mapping) + MccAinPPING (McCain mapping)" are mashup critisism projects. They had been exhibted in "Virtual Residency Project Exhibition" @ Location One Gallary from September 10 to November 4, 2008.

"ObaMcCain" (Obama * McCain)
by Hidenori Watanave and Koichiro Hajiri, Ph.D

These chatterbots automatically generate the conversation from "Phrase on the web" of Obama and McCain in virtual world. They influence each other, and the content of the conversation changes dynamically. Finally, the entire of this "ObaMcCain space" becomes a "Speeching space" based on "Common opinion of Obama and McCain". The latest word of Obama and Mccain is always supplied to the database of chatterbots. This "Speeching space" that synthesizes the opinion of two candidates keeps speaking and existing, even if either of them wins by the election. - Hidenori Watanave


(Obama and McCain mapping)
by Hidenori Watanave + Shingo Noguchi

View with large map

This is dynamic geo-mapping of IP-geolocation -- Place where image of "Obama" "McCain" actually exist -- based on the Yahoo image search result. The words "Barack Obama" in about 10 languages is used for image-searching.

باراك أوباما, Barak Obama, Барак Обама, バラック オバマ, Μπαράκ Ομπάμα, ברק אובאמה, 奥巴马, 歐巴馬, 버락 오바마
سياسي أمريكي, John McCain, Джон Маккейн, ジョン・マケイン, Τζον Μακέιν, جان مک‌کین ,ג'ון מקיין, 麥凱恩, 매케인

Line-tracks have expanded toward each image from Honolulu and Panama that is the birth ground of Obama and McCain. This map makes "Worldwide extention of the impact of Obama and McCain" visible. And, it changes every day. There are various "Image that relates to two candidates" in all over the world. Please try it. -- Hidenori Watanave