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Digital artist Yoichiro Kawaguchi presents at ‘Imiloa

Digital artist Yoichiro Kawaguchi presents at ‘Imiloa

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s planetarium will host acclaimed digital artist Yoichiro Kawaguchi for an evening showcasing his latest work at 7 p.m. on Friday. Kawaguchiʻs lab in Tokyo has specially formatted his abstract animated work to be showcased in ‘Imiloa’s planetarium. In addition, he will show past works in his regular high-resolution format.

Kawaguchi received the 2010 Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement from ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group for Graphics). His pioneering contributions to the field of computer graphics are internationally recognized. His early work combined linear growth algorithms with 3D CAD concepts to produce what was once astounding digital imagery.

His collaboration with Osaka University gave him access to the Meta-ball rendering system to create uncanny, life-like organisms. His signature pieces include abstract forms that move within their own creative environments with smooth, rhythmic motion resembling life under the ocean or in far away galaxies.

Since the year 2000, Kawaguchi has been working on a project called Gemotion, which allows for live action interaction between dancers (human beings) and the graphic imagery that he creates. Recently, Kawaguchi has been producing large sculptural forms from his virtual creatures. Tickets are $10.


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