naoko tosa projects sound of ikebana onto art science museum in singapore naoko tosa projects sound of ikebana onto art science museum in singapore
feb 03, 2014

naoko tosa projects sound of ikebana onto art science museum in singapore

naoko tosa projects sound of ikebana onto art science museum in singapore
all images courtesy of naoko tosa





japanese artist naoko tosa has projected the mapping installation, ‘sound of ikebana: four seasons’ onto the exterior of the art science museum façade at marina bay sands in singapore. referencing japan’s natural weather alongside strong visual influences of the rimpa school style of painting, the colors displayed are evocative of china, malaysia and india.


shot at 2,000 frames per second using high-speed photography, the series of videos showcases vibrant images using various liquids, such as paints and oils that are created from sound vibrations. the use of gold signifies traditional motifs of japanese life and culture, while the work also features haikus (short poems) by famous poets: matsuo basho, yosa buson and kobayashi issa. the different seasons also signify the changes of life, as well as the various stages accompanied by it, namely joy and sadness, growth, activity and vitality and lastly, tranquility.



 see designboom’s coverage of the art science museum by moshe safdie here.



‘naoko tosa’s projection mapping: sound of ikebana (short video)’
video courtesy of naoko tosa



‘I am extremely honoured to bring the projection event and my solo exhibition to singapore, as one of our asian stops. I hope visitors will experience the surprise of the unpredictable, organic movements of liquids while also discovering the basis of the connection of history and culture that ties the world together.’ says naoko tosa.



the project has been supported by the singapore tourism board, japan creative center, national university of singapore as well as the visual industry promotion organization.



‘naoko tosa’s sound of ikebana -spring’
video courtesy of naoko tosa



sound of ikebana: projection mapping -spring


sound of ikebana: projection mapping -autumn


sound of ikebana: spring -japanese apricot


sound of ikebana: spring -cherry tree


sound of ikebana:the emperor’s new clothes


sound of ikebana:summer-iris


sound of ikebana: summer -lighting


sound of ikebana: autumn


sound of ikebana: orchid


sound of ikebana: deep autumn


sound of ikebana: winter -first ice



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

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