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Based on the question of "what kind of a thing will it turn out to be when a brand-new intellect with no history or context tries to interpret a traditional Japanese craft item?",
we made AI which had experienced learning through contemporary images interpret the traditional Japanese Urushi lacquerware and had a craftsman then create sculptures by hand.

We uploaded an image of an Urushi-lacquered Buddhist altar (a stand for placing Buddha statues and mortuary tablets. They are commonly used as items for worshiping the ancestors in Japanese families.), created by an Urushi craftsman who was one of our members, into an image recognition AI which had learned only through "modern images" such as those of electronic equipment and urban buildings.


Things resembling robot parts and objects of unknown identity similar to deep sea creatures grew one after another out of the Buddhist altar when it was “seen” by AI, and they looked like new photographs of supernatural beings.

Based on the images generated by AI, 3D shapes were created and painted with Urushi. We interpreted the unknown objects born from a Buddhist altar as a type of Buddhist altar fittings and created their sculptures with a motif of a "trio" which is the minimum constituent element for traditional Buddhist items. We named these unidentified objects “between”, implying the distance between our clumsy communication with AI which only knows modern images, and added numbers for each of them.


Director: Tomoya Ishibashi/Urushi: Mitsuhiro Kyoden/Modeler: Kotaro Shima/Project Manager: Toshiyuki Numa/Designer: Takahisa Hashimoto/Engineer: Masaru Mizuochi/Project Manager: Yuta Hikichi/Copywriter: Kanako Shintaku

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