BARTKRESA studio wanted to create a sculpture that artists around the world could projection map as part of a socially distant projection arts festival. Bart Kresa envisioned a manipulated cube-shape as the simple foundation for a bright and lively character. Projection mapping transforms the cube into a dynamic art piece that shows a simple shape in new, inspired ways.
Hako is a Japanese word for a box that contains precious items. This kind of box came to Japan from China in 700 BCE, and stored Buddhist monks’ ceremonial objects. Over the millennia, hako became exclusive to royals, then those with social status. At one time, samurai stored their weapons in hako. Eventually, ordinary citizens gained hako for carrying rice, clothes, and valuables.
BARTKRESA studio designed Hako for ease of construction and learning. Each participant will receive plans for building his or her own Hako, an invitation to participate in a free projection design workshop series taught by Bart Kresa, and a platform for sharing their HAKO with the world.
With Hako as the canvas, and remote projection design tools, BARTKRESA studio’s goal is to connect the world through light and art.
BARTKRESA studio’s kit includes plans for a Hako that is as large as 8-feet-cubed. Artists around the world will construct grand Hakos as temporary art pieces in parks, piazzas, and public spaces. Using remote cameras and a streaming platform, each team will share their Hako with the world. The blending of live projection mapping with streaming creates a safe and global shared art experience.
Space is not a requirement for creating a Hako sculpture. You can hold the smallest Hako constructions, which are about 10-inches-cubed, in your hands. A pico projector brings the petite Hako to life as part of a miniature projection design gallery.