MIEKO MURAO

Mieko Murao is an artist, art-director, designer, and serial entrepreneur
based in Boston

Projects

Minoware graphic plates x Augmented Reality (AR)

What is Minoware?

Mino ware has 1300 years of history. Artisans in Gifu prefecture are a direct lineage of that tradition, making potteries over generations as family businesses. However, they are in crisis. It’s challenging for small businesses to compete against the prices in a market dominated by mass-produced, poor-quality commodities (because those products have short-life spans, it creates more waste for the environment). In addition, many young people don’t inherit the company. Instead, they move to the cities because the media outlets constantly indoctrinate that living in the city is better. Moreover, because of a higher salary, the workforce gets absorbed by big corporations such as Amazon, which ironically is a platform that sells mass-produced products.

I’m passionate about preserving the culture and tradition, and I designed these plates in hopes of adding new values and reviving them in modern society.

AR feature
The bonus to this unique beautiful plate is its augumented reality(AR) feature!
When you view the plate thru your phone using the Artivive App, the animation and the music starts playing!

Both audio tracks are composed by Isaku Kageyama. 

Isaku Kageyama is a taiko artist and music producer who has performed at Carnegie Hall, recorded for video games including Ghost of Tsushima, and toured the world with organizations such as The Japan Foundation.  Isaku is honored to work with Mieko Murao on the Mino Ware Flower Plates AR experience.

“It has been a pleasure to write two pieces of music for the Mino Ware Flower Plates AR experience, Bloom and Rejuvenation.  Bloom (pink plate) represents the triumphant blossoming of a flower, while Rejuvenation (blue plate) depicts the living, breathing ecosystem that is the cycle of life.

I used Japanese taiko drums in both pieces of music, but you won’t hear thunderous booms.  Instead, you’ll hear the murmur of wind and waves, the glow of sunlight, the busy work of insects, and the energy of the soil beneath your feet (hopefully!).  Many of these sounds are generated from recordings of taiko that have been stretched, looped, filtered, and molded into the soundscapes you hear.

Mino Ware, much like taiko drums, is a centuries-old craft that is presented in an entirely new way through the Flower Plates AR experience.  By applying modern production techniques to taiko, I wanted the music to also reflect the blurred boundary of old and new.  I hope you enjoy the music just as much as you enjoy the plates!”