Spring 2024 Ultra Space Symposium: Adaptation/s

April 4, 5, 2024
Yale University Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM)

The Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM) at Yale announces the Spring 2024 Ultra Space Symposium: Adaptation/s, April 4 and 5. The events and exhibition, inspired by Arakawa+Gins, feature the opening of ISOVIST—CCAM’s new gallery, and Artificial Life specialist Takashi Ikegami.

Can architecture help you live forever?
Arakawa and Gins’ experimental architecture and Takashi Ikegami’s intricate systems remind us that form and function, space and perception, are not just an art, but a science of living.

Can we use our body to see?
At any given point while inside the Mitaka Lofts in Tokyo, designed by Arakawa and Gins, one can see a minimum of six colors. This system of colors is not complex, nor does it offer a coherent pattern—it creates an offering for the senses.

Symposium speakers include: Momoyo Homma (Reversible Destiny Foundation, Arakawa+Gins Tokyo Office), Takashi Ikegami (University of Tokyo), and Habib Zargarpour (Bladerunner 2049).
The grand opening of ISOVIST—CCAM’s new gallery—will include works by Refik
Anadol, Yale student artists, and others. Konrad Kaczmarek will give a live
performance of his Studies in Automation: Guitar Quartet. The events will include paper presentations and the launch of the inaugural edition of the CCAM Printed Volume.

The symposium is free and open to the public. All events will take place at CCAM (149 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511). No advance registration is required, but RSVP is encouraged at: yaleultra.space. Seating will be first-come, first-served, and room capacity limits will apply.

Science Fiction?
Arakawa and Gins believed that undiscovered senses lay hidden within us, and they aspired to unlock them through the design of spaces and objects tailored to engage and awaken these latent sensory experiences. Today, Takashi Ikegami of the University of Tokyo, a renowned researcher investigating Artificial Life, explores how systems, whether biological or artificial, adapt to objects, environments, and spaces.
Academy-nominated visual effects supervisor Habib Zargarpour blends technical expertise with imagination, pushing the boundaries of cinema.


Thursday, April 4

6:00pm Welcome

6:30–7:00pm Studies in Automation: Guitar Quartet by Konrad Kaczmarek

7:00pm–8:00pm Opening Reception


Friday, April 5

10:00am–12:30pm Paper Presentations

1:30pm–3:00pm Living Forever in the Arakawa+Gins Reversible Destiny Lofts

Can architecture help you live forever? Arakawa and Gins’ Reversible Destiny Lofts—Mitaka (In Memory of Helen Keller) explore this question in the context of modern
apartment living in Tokyo. Hear how artists, architects, and curators have encountered
this multisensory experience—and imagine how you would, too.

  • Momoyo Homma, Director, Reversible Destiny Foundation, Arakawa+Gins Tokyo Office
  •  Takashi Ikegami, Director, Takashi Ikegami Lab + Professor, University of Tokyo
  • Dana Karwas, CCAM Director + Critic, Yale School of Architecture
  • ST Luk, Projects Manager, Reversible Destiny Foundation
  • Harshita Nedunuri, Transdisciplinary Designer + Researcher,
    CCAM Ultra Space Fellow
  • Koichi Tsutsui, Lead Architect, Mitaka Lofts


3:00pm–4:30pm Human-Like with Takashi Ikegami

Enter the mind of complexity scientist Takashi Ikegami. His University of Tokyo lab explores the possibility of Artificial Life being “larger than biological life.” What can we learn from a human-like robot pretending to be a snake?

  • Takashi Ikegami, Director, Takashi Ikegami Lab + Professor, University of Tokyo


4:30–6:00pm Bladerunner 2049: Effecting the Future with Habib Zargarpour and Setareh Samandari 

Academy-nominated visual effects supervisor Habib Zargarpour will conclude the Spring 2024 CCAM Ultra Space Symposium. A live demo by Habib, together with director/VFX artist Setareh Samandari, will feature the latest VFX techniques and processes. Not to be missed!

  • Habib Zargarpour, VFX Artist, Bladerunner 2049
  • Setareh Samandari, Director + VFX Artist

(From Press Release, The Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM))