Hako is currently on exhibition at Stepping Stones Museum for Children, which is located in Norwalk, CT. Appearing in the museum’s Lights On! exhibit, Hako engages children and families in the mesmerizing and transformative qualities of projections. The projection mapping show that brings Hako to life features three sections--art by BARTKRESA studio, art by the Stepping Stones museum team and art from the 2020 Hako Workshop.
Learn about the art and artists from the 2020 Hako Workshop whose animation appears in this show.
This short animation was snipped from a longer exhibition using a three-dimensional CAD model of the Hako to experiment with computer simulations based on real world physics inside the volume of the Hako structure. It also explored the idea of scale and being trapped using the animated forms of a giant and various smaller squids swimming within the Hako’s walls.
The artwork, "Sensorium," by North Eleven, explores various inward and outward emotions perceived during 2020. Cortex, Trapt, Punch and Open encapsulated the intensity of the relationships, understandings and feelings that the contributors--Aleem Baksh, Samantha Farmer, Mathew Mungal, Johann Medford--desired for communal reflection on and catharsis about.
"Luchador Elemental" evolved from an initial idea to create multiple luchador masks for Hako. I aimed to step outside my comfort zone and tell a delightful story with character.
This animation was inspired by the idea of treating nature as sacred, drawing from South Asian and Incan beliefs. As an ancient artifact, the Hako opens up to reveal the birth of a leaf. In this short animation, Harshini used color and texture to guide the audience through a cycle of growth.
The mask is a representation of life, death and resurrection in an infinite cycle of existence.
This piece evokes the feeling of sitting around a campfire with friends, reminiscent of the days when we could all be together in person. It was designed as a hopeful reminder that we would all be sitting around “fires” with one another soon.
This animation evolved from a simple concept: that the Hako is viewed as a vehicle for a child's imagination. It is also a tribute to the countless hours of simulated racing, commonly known as sim racing, that the creator of this piece did during quarantine.