Photo by SAKURAGI Yoshiyuki, Courtesy of HOSOO GALLERY
Quasicrystal is an R&D project by FURUDATE Ken, an artist, engineer and musician, and HOSOO, a traditional Kyoto Nishijin textile company, focusing on the fundamental components of textiles, the woven structure. Throughout their long history, textiles have been composed of a weave structure with periodicity, like a crystalline structure. This project is an attempt to create fabric from a new perspective by actively applying mathematics and algorithms to symbolize the quasicrystal, which has a high order but no periodicity.
The project, which evolved from a 2017 R&D project between YCAM (Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media) and HOSOO, has been selected as one of the projects for the Project to Support Emerging Media Arts Creators (2019), a program hosted by the Agency of Cultural Affairs. With DOZONO Shoya, HAYAMA Tatsuki and HIRAKAWA Norimichi, who are engaged in computational expression and research activities in different fields such as design, mathematics and art, the project continues to focus on creating new meanings and values for cloth with HOSOO craftsmen. They will be passing on the concept and specialized techniques of Nishijin textiles, which have pursued beauty for 1,200 years, to the next generation.