9e2 Seattle Festival ONLY October 21 - 29:
See Midori's unique calligraphy mylar hangings and take an AR tour:
12 noon: Oct. 22, 23 with Tamiko / Oct. 29 with cousin Simon Kono, himself a talented computer artist!
On-site augmented reality (AR) artworks::
For millennia East Asian artists have enhanced paintings with calligraphy, the abstract,
of the brush strokes reverberating with the meanings of text and image.
In “Brush the Sky,” a mother-daughter duo brings this ancient art into the 21st century:
Transparent wall hangings by Midori Kono Thiel emphasize the abstract nature of calligraphic art by deconstructing Japanese characters across multiple layers. Her daughter Tamiko Thiel enhances both gallery installations of these hangings, and sites of family history around Seattle, with augmented reality (AR)*
These virtual artworks further de- and re-construct Midori's
boldly abstract, gestural calligraphy into visual poems, marking sites of this
Japanese American family's four generations of involvement with Seattle.
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience (Smithsonian Institution Affiliate)
For documentation of the gallery component of
"Brush the Sky" see Gallery Artworks page.
Brush the Sky, installation view
Wing Luke Museum, CONSTRUCT\S
* Mobile augmented reality (AR) reifies the hitherto unseen layers of memory and culture associated with a site into artworks visible in the display of a mobile smartphone or tablet AR app. The artist places virtual computer graphic artworks – 2D, 3D or 4D animated - at selected sites via their GPS coordinates. Viewers at that site see the virtual artworks as an overlay on the live camera view of their surroundings, as if the artworks were physically present at that site. The real and the virtual merge into a new experience of reality.