SEI Stella Octangula


Interactive 6’ tall LED sculpture with projection mapping.
Funded by NM Arts

SEI = Star 星, Silent 静, live 生, is a Japanese homophone. SEI: Stella Octangula is a 6.5 foot high, interactive LED sculpture. The installation is brought to life through the public’s interaction. By placing as many as eight fingers over the sensor, a viewer activates the dormant installation from a still light star into eight different lights moving as a symphony. How and when public interact the installation will change outlook of Star. This installation is a co creation with public audience. Concept & Design: CHiKA, Custom Software: Bruno Kruse, Original Sound: Phan Visutyothapibal and Merche Blasco

CHiKA searches a Japanese homophone with a unique combination of meanings to conceptualize her artwork. The word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. This concept expands her ideas; revealing the hidden meanings.The main elements of her installation are deeply inspired by minimalistic, simple geometric beauty, Japanese philosophy, Zen, sound and complicated mechanisms that interact with the public.

Her experience working with experimental sound composers, 8-bit musicians, and club DJs, experimenting with improvisational communication with an audience in real time highly influences her artwork. Her desire to allow to the audience to experience a shift in the traditional viewing experience: from one-way communication to the audience, into a fully interactive experience that uses technology to establish a moment of creation with the public in real time.

She has been a resident fellow at the NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program, an IAC/InterActiveCorp Teaching and Research Fellow for Vimeo, an Eyebeam resident artist and a BRIC Media Arts Fellow in 2015, Bronx Museum AIM Program in 2016, Harvestworks Workspace Residency and Elsewhere Artist Residency in 2017She is New Media Resident at Mana Contemporary and the Future Lab Resident at the School of Visual Arts in 2019.

As an educator, she is a founder of a projection mapping and LED mapping workshop, Mappathon™, teaching students projection mapping techniques, from concept to installation. Her work has been shown in numerous international venues and festivals, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Art and Design, NY Hall of Science, Bronx Museum, Eyebeam, Harvestworks, the Hammer Museum (San Francisco), San Francisco Art Institute, Centre d’Art Contemporain (Geneva), Museo Regional de Guadalajara, Matadero Madrid, and International Biennial Contemporary Art ULA-2010 (Venezuela), Mapping Festival (Geneva), Mutek (Montreal), Dumbo Art Festival and among others.