FIRST STREET NORTH [2017]

An immersive presentation using a large-scale LED screen and dance floor to promote #MyFSN, a neighborhood campaign advocating for the preservation and future of historic First Street North in Little Tokyo for Sake Fest 2017.

Conceptual Design: Eddy Vajarakitipongse of yaknowlike studios & Maya Santos of Form follows Function; Technical Designer: Eddy Vajarakitipongse; Director/Producer: Maya Santos; Editor: Francisco Garcia Nava

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bronzeville, little tokyo [2017]

A presentation of original multi-media work inspired by an overlooked moment in history known as Bronzeville. For a brief period in the 40’s when Japanese and Japanese-Americans were interned during WWII and African-Americans moved into Little Tokyo, this area was known as Bronzeville. To honor this period, FORM follows FUNCTION and Visual Communications present a special two-day program featuring an interactive media installation & open mic, a 360° virtual reality presentation, and a live Jazz performance on Historic First Street North on the weekend of April 29 and 30, 2017. Bronzeville, Little Tokyo is a program of the 33rd Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the second installment of FfF Interactive, a neighborhood-based immersive media initiative of FORM follows FUNCTION.

Bronzeville, Little Tokyo is funded by California Arts Council. Thanks to the support of Little Tokyo Service Center +LAB.

 

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MEMORY BANK

Using projection mapping and audio reactive technology in this historic building, "Memory Bank" was a 2-day installation and open mic that encouraged the public to share memories and reflections of Bronzeville and Little Tokyo. Stories were recorded and audiences of all ages were invited to be part of this 360 VR documentation.

Conceptual Design: Eddy Vajarakitipongse of yaknowlike studios & Maya Santos of Form follows Function; Technical Designer: Eddy Vajarakitipongse; Producer: Maya Santos; Research: Eseel Borlasa; Voice: Chazz Clarence Ross

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© Rudy Espinoza

© Rudy Espinoza

© Rudy Espinoza

 

BRONZE, BRASS, JAZZ 

a 360 VR animation that evokes the spirit of late night jam sessions at breakfast clubs, and fabled stories about jazz great Charlie Parker, from his memorable stay at the Civic Hotel (1st and San Pedro) to a brief residency at the Finale Club (230 1/2 East First Street).

Co-Directors: Javier Barboza of Kaleidoscope Media Studio & Maya Santos of Form follows Function; Co-Producers: Javier Barboza, Eseel Borlasa, Joel Quizon; Executive Producers: Visual Communications, Eseel Borlasa; VR Director: Adriana Copete; VR Editor: Reggie Lamar Ford; Original Score: Dexter Story Music Publishing; VR Tech Consultant: Vicki Huang; Assistant Animator: Meejin Hong; 3D Modeler: Eric Pato; Sound Designer: Eric Pepper

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© Kaleidoscope Media Studio

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SUNDAY AT THE OLD UNION CHURCH

The spirit of Bronzeville comes to life with live jazz by The Bronzeville Union (Dexter Story, Josef Leimberg, Josh Johnson, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Trevor Ware), excerpts of the play "Bronzeville" by Robey Theatre Company featuring CeCelia Antoinette* and Clarence "Chazz" Ross

Music composition & arrangement: Dexter Story; Producer: Rani de Leon

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© Rudy Espinoza

 

INTERACTIVE little tokyo! [2016]

A spatial, interactive multi-media exhibition that celebrates the diverse histories and viewpoints that make up the downtown Los Angeles community, Little Tokyo. Using virtual reality (VR) storytelling techniques and historic site-specific projection, Interactive Little Tokyo! aims to bring new interest on Little Tokyo’s rich legacy, stories of which are often overlooked. Presented as part of the 32nd Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in partnership with Visual Communications, Interactive Little Tokyo! is the first installment of FfF Interactive, a neighborhood-based immersive media initiative of FORM follows FUNCTION.

©Vicki Huang, 360 scene from Walking with Grace

©Vicki Huang, 360 scene from Walking with Grace

WALKING WITH GRACE

a 360 virtual reality documentary viewable via VR headsets on a mobile kiosk throughout various locations of the festival. The short documentary, Walking with Grace, highlight places and streets of Little Tokyo through the perspective of Grace Chikui, a blind woman and long-time resident.

VR Director: Vicki Huang, Co-directors/producers: Joel Quizon, Maya Santos, Executive Producer: Eseel Borlasa, Sharon Lee, Assistant Producer: Elaine Dolalas, Graphics: Francisco Garcia Nava

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© Maya Santos

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312 AZUSA STREET [2016]

A site-specific video map projection located adjacent to Historic Azusa Alley, the original site of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME) and birthplace of Pentecostalism. Audiences experienced the piece as it was projected on land originally owned by Bridget “Biddy” Mason, former slave, FAME Church Founder, and one of the first African American women to purchase land in Los Angeles.

Tech Design: Eddy Vajarakitipongse, Animation: Francisco Garcia Nava, Construction: Levi Brewster, Creative Director/Producer: Maya Santos

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© Steven Lam

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© Maya Santos

 

SHELTER: RETHINKING HOW WE LIVE IN LOS ANGELES [2015]

An exhibition featuring architecture proposals for new forms of housing along the LA River and Wilshire Boulevard. Featured at the Architecture & Design Museum Los Angeles.

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© Hunter Kerhart

A STREET / A RIVER

A video installation for "SHELTER: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles" posing the question, "How do people relate / adjust / adapt / coexist with a street and a river in flux?"