In case you had missed LA's Little Tokyo Design Week back in July, here is the winner of the design week's grand prize, the Golden Astro Boy Award, in detail: ARTCUBE, an interactive installation by Los Angeles-based designer Brandon Shigeta:
ARTCUBE contains a novel interactive sculpture comprising photographs of the artistic processes and techniques captured by Brandon Shigeta. Stacked into random arrays forming a single cubic massing the sculpture includes hidden signed cards and custom artwork on the surface of the postcards by artists. Perhaps qualifying the exhibit as the heaviest photographic exhibit ever, the sculpture consists of approximately 65,000 postcards of approximately 80 various images to be removed by visitors as souvenirs. The sculpture provides visitors with participatory spatial and tactile experiences in which they remove their favorite images to change the overall form of the mass to reveal new images below. A ceiling mounted camera will record a time-lapse image stream of the changing topography of the top of the sculptural surface over the course of the show.
ARTCUBE is a concentrated agglomeration of images that form narratives of artistic processes, assemblages and details like brush strokes. Those images also reveal their specific, sometimes even illegal, locations in city space and time. Ephemeral at their origin these artistic acts will be further dissolved by ARTCUBE‘s visitors into a flow of the fast paced and energetic cycles of aesthetic metropolitan consumption and production.They will become postcards from the present to a wonderfully fictional future city.
Golden Astro Boy Award
On July 13, 2011, the soft opening of Little Tokyo Design Week commenced with an opening ceremony along with a Jury Walk for the container and street exhibits. The prestigious jury included the following members Sylvia Lavin, Junichi Ihara, Jan Perry, Jeffrey Deitch, and Bill Watanabe. The Jury deliberated and came up with the finalist. The winner of the Golden Astro Boy award. Brandon Shigeta, was officially announced on the final day of Little Tokyo Design Week.
Brandon Shigeta is a Los Angeles based designer and design photographer. On completing his graduate studies in architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design Brandon won the prestigious Rotch Travelling Scholarship, which allowed him to visit many countries throughout Asia to document temporary metropolitan phenomena. His photographs were soon picked up by renowned fashion blog HYPEBEAST. Having worked in cutting edge design offices in Atlanta, Seoul and Tokyo Brandon brings a vibrant contemporary sensibility to his graphic design and photography. The art blogArrested Motion regularly features his singular travel imagery and event coverage. You may see numerous examples of Brandon’s work on his travel blog.
Little Tokyo Design Week
Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City (LTDW) celebrates the power and energy of cutting edge design and technology now emerging from Japan and its intersection with current trends materializing in Los Angeles. Design’s ability to move us towards a more sustainable and creative urban lifestyle was at the heart of this four-day festival, which was open to the public from July 14 – 17, 2011.