SHIKEBANA  |  2019-now

From the Japanese shi: death; and ikebana: giving life to flowers.


The flower, in its ephemeral life, is always waiting for a pollinator, waiting for the rain. Finally, one day, someone approaches, filling the flower with hope. Like a voracious predator, we tear the flower from the ground. Part of a beautiful arrangement at the center of the table, colorful and aromatic, but less alive, ironically, the flower continues to wait.

Everything is ephemeral.

Everything will die.

Everything will be forgotten.

 
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EXISTENCE  |  2018-now

I created an inert environment based on my own senses, through a set of fragments that shape parts of my body. In each of these fragments bacteria from the corresponding body part are grown. This aggregates the living dimension of the author’s existence to each fragment of the composition. In this atmosphere of perceptions, especially visual and olfactory, it becomes possible to cross the barrier of existence, allowing the creator, even if absent, to continue to exist in his work. The reflection in the mirror invites to question about who we are and how far existence can go.

Exhibitions

Raízes. Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal · 2019

Raízes. Biblioteca Municipal José Saramago, Odemira, Portugal · 2018

Montras. Cultivamos Cultura, São Luís, Portugal · 2018

 
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DENDROCHRONOLOGY OF IMMIGRANTS AND NATURAL-BORNS IN THE UNITED STATES  |  2018-now

Immigrants are central to the identity of the United States, the population of which has grown in number and diversity as a function of new arrivals from around the globe. This work is a visualization project leveraging arboreal visual metaphors to explore the contribution of immigrants to the country’s population. Immigrants and native-born persons are represented and differentiated as cells in trees, with layered annual rings capturing patterns of population growth. These rings register, in their shape and color, certain environmental conditions. In order to mimic the natural process by which growth rings are formed (the science of which is called dendrochronology), this project devises a computational system that generates tree rings as if cells were data-units.


Collaborative work with Pedro M. Cruz, John Wihbey, and Avni Ghael (Northeastern University).


Exhibitions

III Trans-disciplinary & Trans-national Festival of Art & Science. University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada · 2019

II Trans-disciplinary & Trans-national Festival of Art & Science. School of Visual Arts, New York, USA · 2018

Naturalizing Immigration. Northeastern Center for the Arts, Boston, USA · 2018

Mapping Worlds. Spaceus, Cambridge, USA · 2018

IEEE VIS 2018 Arts Program. Berlin, Germany · 2018

Presente Futuro. Design Para a Mudança. Museu do Design e da Moda, Lisbon, Portugal · 2018

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Articles

A new way of seeing 200 years of American immigration. Citylab · 2018

This stunning visualization proves America is a nation of immigrants. Fast Company · 2018

200 years of U.S. immigration looks like the rings of a tree. National Geographic · 2018

Process of simulating tree rings for immigration in the U.S. VISAP · 2018


Awards

Winner gold: Most Beautiful Visualization. The Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards · 2018

Winner gold: People, Language & Identity. The Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards · 2018

 
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EVOLUTIONARY CLOTH  |  2018

This visual essay shows the results obtained from the cultivation of Serratia marcescens bacteria and fungi on natural fiber fabrics: wool, silk, cotton, and linen. The artists used tissue staining techniques in the laboratory, creating different environmental conditions for organisms to develop. The growth of bacterial colonies in reddish colors and fungi in grayscale was observed. In the form of an evolutionary graphic built in patchwork, this piece shows the result of adaptability and coexistence in a gradient of intensity: from the most intense colors and spots to null results.

Collaborative work with Ana Baleia (Ateneu do Catorze), Jude Abu Zaineh (University of Windsor), Dalila Honorato (Ionian University), and Marta de Menezes (Cultivamos Cultura).

Exhibitions

Raízes. Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal · 2019

Raízes. Biblioteca Municipal José Saramago, Odemira, Portugal · 2018

II Trans-disciplinary & Trans-national Festival of Art & Science. Livraria Ler Devagar, Lisbon, Portugal · 2018

Montras. Cultivamos Cultura, São Luís, Portugal · 2018

 
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©2019 by Felipe Shibuya.