My videos and sculptures reflect the concepts of my childhood dreams and experiences, but from a futuristic perspective. “Doraemon” —a national robotic icon of Japanese animation— fostered a deeper sense of futuristic views that was integration between daily life and technology. Inventions from anime such as the teleportation door, bamboo-copter, and 4D pockets are all inspirations for my work.

 

The most important part of a new tool is that there is hope in life. My relationship to speculative fiction implies the simple pleasures of daily life that are the most crucial. I feel that the most important use of technology is to enhance positive aspects of life rather than for war and weapons. I make artwork that draws a symbiotic dream with technology and creates small adventures on the stage of everyday lives.

 

My intention is to integrate technology into natural activity. It is challenging to use existing technology to realize my dream devices. In my work, I attempt to visualize imaginate tools as real. Robotics to bridge computers and human life can be materialized in 3D printed sculptures.

 

My work demonstrates how computer cameras and sensors can capture human life, temporal patterns, colors, and time. Open-source programing languages, web cameras, and small computer hardware are my materials. Design has functional and practical values. The roots of my work are from design with the intention that artwork itself makes life easier. I want to put functionality in my work even if art does not have to be useful. A sense of humor makes ideas accessible to people, so I like to include jokes within my artwork. Life does not need to be perfect as with machines, the same concept can be said of art. I want to discuss the possibilities of the future in my work, which leaves hope and the simple pleasures of daily life.

 

Saori Tahara