Friday, September 2, 2011

Graduate School - PikaPika at USC

Tochka, the group responsible world famous light animation PikaPika, came to USC to host an animation workshop and seminar. The group is made up of Kazue Monno and Takeshi Nagata, two graduates from Kyoto University of Art and Design.

Since the start of PikaPika, the group has won awards at numerous animation festivals and media arts conferences. Their group name is a Russian word meaning front line. Outside of PikaPika events,Tochka have refined the light animation style for commissioned in Japan and abroad.  This international exposure has also spread the low cost technique to animation enthusist around the world. PikaPika-inspired animation has popped up on Youtube.

Student assistants working with the PikaPika event infront of Tommy Trojan.

The first installment of the workshop.
PikaPika is an atomeapea for anything that flashes in Japanese. The mixture of long exposure photography and flashlight drawings came about while having a late night picknik with friends. Takeshi took the idea further by orginizing group workshops on Mixi, the Japanese facebook.  These events took place in public spaces and attracted participants and exposure for the new art form.

USC student crew posing with Tochka.
A collection of photographs documenting the production was featured in their USC gallery exhibition.
Gallery Exhibition

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