doubleNegatives Architecture

doubleNegatives Architecture launched in 1998 as the brainchild of architect Sota ICHIKAWA, views the processes and devices used to measure space as “architecture”, assembling a team for each project and engaging in a unique spectrum of activities including installations, software and architectural design. Currently dNA is employing a bottom-up-style cell automaton program to study architectural modeling through the autonomous generation of forms, and in future aims to convert this to three-dimensional media and present it in urban spaces.

Corpora project member

Sota Ichikawa (Japan) Architect

Since 1995 he has started a project "smooth compound-eyes -> super-eye". In 1997, he collaborated with Knowbotic Research for "IO_DENCIES - Tokyo"( co-produced with Canon ARTLAB ) as an architect and an urban researcher. In 1998, he worked for "Hinaya Project in Nishijin, Kyoto", a "sukiya" construction of Shusaku ARAKAWA and Madelaine GINS. In the same year, he set up doubleNegatives Architecture. Since 2003, he has produced "gravicelles - gravity and resistance", a collaborative project ( ) with Seiko MIKAMI at YCAM-Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media( Yamaguchi, Japan,2004 ), DEAF04( Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2004 ), transmediale.05( Berlin, Germany, 2005 ), SHARE( Torino, Italy, 2005 ), VIA( Maubeuge, France, 2005 ), EXIT( Creteil, France, 2005 ), Ars Electronica( Linz, Austria, 2005 ), Japanese postwar art and technology ( Tokyo, Japan, 2005), OOH (Gijon, Spain, 2006), Mois Multi (Quebec, Canada, 2007), EL MEDIO ES LA COMUNICACION (Santa Cruz, Canary Islands, Spain).

Max Rheiner (Swiss/Korea) Artist / Soft-Hardware Developer

His artwork focuses on interactive installation, software and sculpture. His work has been exhibited at Liste 01 Art Basel, Ars Electronica Linz, 4.Interlokalen Dada-Festwoche Zurich and ICC Tokyo and includes collaborations with other artists, such as Knowbotic Research, Felix Eggman and Raphael Perret. Since 2003, Max Rheiner lectures at the Zurich University of the Arts(Zhdk) and is head of the Laboratory of Physical Computing, where he developed 'DaKa', a hard and software environment that provides easy access to interactive computer technology for art and design students. Max Rheiner studied electronics and worked as a software developer in the field of Computer Aided Design. After a few years of working experience he studied at the Zurich University of the Arts and graduated in 2003 in the Department of New Media. He has spent three months in Japan as an intern for NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] in Tokyo in 2001.

Akos Maroy (Hungary) Software artist

Founder and former member of Nextlab, an open lab for new media, in Budapest. Akos is founder, member, and former vice president of Emergent Systems Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary. He is also a member of the civil radio group Tilos Radio. He takes part in a number of open source software development projects, mainly in the area of online and on-air radio broadcasting. He conducted his Ph.D. studies about artificial intelligence, artificial life and agent architectures. His main focuses are evolutionary, generative processes both artificial and real-life.

Kaoru Kobata (Japan) Graphic designer

She leads unICoRn, attemds to many advertising designs. London International Advertising Awards Finalist. She is mainly a specialist on digital retouching. She takes charge most of past graphic design of doubleNegatives Architecture. On this project version, she will work on, visual images, icon design, texture design and concept book.

Satoru Higa (Japan) Artist / Programmer

Born in 1983. He is a graduate student of Information Art Course, Department of Information Design, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan. His main interests are sound and software art. He mainly designs original signal processing and 3d graphics software and electronic musical instruments for the realtime performance of his audio-visual works. On this project version, he will work on sound design.

Hajime Narukawa (Japan) Architect

His diploma project, "Theatres on the rooftop" won the 1st prize, Japan Architectural Institution 1994 and "Yoshioka scholarship" granted his research on geometry (1994-95). Its consequences are shown in "Tensegrity modeling Manual" awarded Salon de Pritemps prize (1996), "Dymaxion Perspective," an omni directional camera by polyhedral projection (1999) and "Halfweg Recreation," an architectural design with concaved truss awarded 3rd prize, Prix de Rome (2001, done in Studio MO) He had dedicated himself in design studio tutor in "Arnhem Academie van Bouwkunst" (2001), design for "Directie Nord Zee," a Dutch ministry building, a prize wining project in VMX Architects (2001) , structural engineering for "Montjuic 2, Barcelona" and other projects in Sasaki Structural Consultant (2003) He established NAL and designed "mercibeaucoup, Kyoto" in 2006 (Collaboration with J. Endo & M. Sumiyoshi) and others.