Role of the Ephemeral in Recovery and Renewal
Article first published online: 3 MAR 2013
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Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings
Volume 2012, Issue 1, pages 117–131, October 2012
How to Cite
ISHIDA, A. (2012), Role of the Ephemeral in Recovery and Renewal. Ethnographic Praxis, 2012: 117–131. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-8918.2012.00014.x
- Issue published online: 3 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 3 MAR 2013
Installed during the Tohoku earthquake relief fundraising event, CONCERT FOR JAPAN, at Japan Society in New York City on April 2011, the Luminous Washi Lanterns was a meditation and celebration of renewal through light and impermanent materials. The paper examines the role of the ephemeral from the ancient to contemporary Japanese culture, collective experience during an ephemeral performance, and translation of traditional Japanese renewal rituals into a piece that engages a diverse range of people outside of Japan. How can designers instigate a process of renewal following a disaster in manners that engage people of all ages and backgrounds in a collective healing experience?