Atsushi Kobayashi is a creative technologist who unites sound, mechanical and visuals. He creates installations that inspire audiences through immersive experiences. His skill sets span across designing, programming and fabricating hardware. These are why he is special and unique in creative industry. He is also trying to apply new technologies to his art work controlling robot arms and making use of data from social media for visualization. He collaborates with start up companies to create innovative art work.
Atsushi Kobayashi ("AK") interviewed on Tuesday, 28 May.
AK : I have been in the design industry for 15 years. I started my career as a computer graphic engineer. After four years, I worked as a VFX artist for three years, then I worked as a graphic designer. Integrating all these careers, I am now working as a creative director especially for interactive promotion events.
AK : When I watched the movie "Terminator 2", I decided to become a CG designer. For an elementary school kid, watching that epoch-making movie set my intention. And then I decided to become a computer science major.
AK : First, I do in-depth research for the theme to create a core concept. Then depending on the concept, I come up with some keywords or key colors that express that concept. When designing, I usually make hand drawing first before using digital tools.
AK : Brainstorming is the most fun part of the design process to me, because I like discovering new possibilities. They thrills me
AK : Concentration, patience, meticulousness.
AK : I want to work on art pieces which can be exhibited in contemporary museums.
AK : See a lot of good designs and understand what kind of design you like. And establish your design standard.
AK : Try new things, find new inspiration and keep myself up to date.
AK : I test new devices like sensors lasers and motors everyday. Such testing may not seems like designer's work, but through testing I come up with new possibilities for my art works and that I never had before.
AK : My design and inspirations are often related to technology. So I am always trying to keep up with new gadgets and new experiences.
AK : Great design stays up-to-date. I assume simplicity and long life matter in every design.
AK : It is always a tough decision. To be honest, the design is ready. when time is up. So I think scheduling is also a part of creative process.
AK : I am currently working on upcoming art installation event. It is my first personal work in Los Angeles. The venue is huge building in downtown and other great international artists are also exhibiting their art works. This is a challenging project but I am so excited.
AK : It is totally different style from my work, but I really impressed with Zaha Hadid's architectures.
AK : Currently I am an LA-based artist, but originally I am from Tokyo. I have experienced exciting parts of both cultures and have been deeply affected by them.
AK : I like collaborating with other artists that have different specialties. I can learn new design perspectives from them, which bring new dimensions to my designs.
AK : I exhibited at a local art festival in Japan as a volunteer. Local attendees really liked our installation and I enjoyed communicating with them. I am also planning to sponsor art workshops for kids.
AK : It is a great honor to win the A’ Design Award bronze prize. Design awards such as A’ Design Award validate our efforts, giving an international stage which can provide me more opportunities to create future art works.Atsushi Kobayashi Profile
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