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T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

Renée Isabel Alfonso ∙ MA Exhibition Design Thesis ∙ Spring 2012


T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

EXHIBITION CONCEPT Kendo: The Way of the Sword seeks out the role of martial arts in contemporary culture through the practice and principles of kendo.

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RenĂŠe Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

EXHIBIT CONCEPT


T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

INTENDED AUDIENCE •

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Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

Non–Japanese adults who do not practice kendo with at least a high school education. Kendo practitioners of all levels from countries with a small kendo population.

INTENDED AUDIENCE


T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

KEY MESSAGES •

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Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Martial arts are traditional practices that apply to contemporary culture. Kendo evolved from a method of warfare into a competitive sport. Self-cultivation, respect, and discipline drive every aspect of kendo practice. Kendo forges communites and cultivates dialogue between nonJapanese and Japanese cultures.

Corcoran College of Art + Design

KEY MESSAGES


SITE AND SITE CONTEXT

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Traveling Exhibition The exhibition will travel to countries that have an active kendo population but are not members of the International Kendo Federation (FIK). Timeframe Three years per location Destinations • • • •

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Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Ireland Macedonia Mozambique Uzbekistan

Corcoran College of Art + Design

SITE CONTEXT

• Sri Lanka • Vietnam • Philippines


SITE STRUCTURE

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Container Architecture • • •

cost-effective · modular pre–fabricated · sustainable can be configured to suit spatial and structural needs. easily assembled and disassembled for transport.

Transportation Sea freight carriers Estimated Assembly Period Eight (8) weeks Structure • Retrofitted freight containers • 2–story structure

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Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

SITE CONTEXT


STANDARD CONTAINER SPECIFICATIONS

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CONTAINER MODULES TYPES IN USE:

Type A High Cube: 40’–0” x 25 Type C High Cube: 20’–0” x 5 DIMENSIONS

LENGTH WIDTH HEIGHT

Type A Type C

40’–0” 20’–0’

8’–0” 8’–0”

Modular structure Total combined floor area: 8, 800 sq ft. First floor: 4,800 sq. ft. Second floor: 4, 000 sq. ft.

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Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

SITE ARCHITECTURE

9’–6” 9’–6”


SITE ARCHITECTURE

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RenĂŠe Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

SITE ARCHITECTURE


VISITOR EXPERIENCE


T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

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Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Tadashiku

Kibishiku

Tanoshiku

Corcoran College of Art + Design

ACCURACY

RIGOR

DELIGHT

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

I. TADASHIKU – Accuracy B. Martial Arts in Popular Culture C. Martial Arts in the Japanese Tradition D. Kendo Origins and Modernization II. KIBISHIKU – “Rigor” B. Principles and etiquette C. The Kendo Journey D. Kendo Techniques E. Competitions – Kendo as a sport III. TANOSHIKU – “Delight” A. Meaning in Kendo - Fun B. The Kendo Community C. International Kendo D. Kendo as Cultural Exchange

Content Outline

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Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

CONTENT OUTLINE

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EXTERIOR


EXTERIOR GRAPHIC APPLICATION T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

Front Facade Lenticular graphic application or media facade using Greenpix zero energy technology

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RenĂŠe Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


FIRST FLOOR


FIRST FLOOR

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

3D Axonometric View Not to Scale

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RenĂŠe Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


FIRST FLOOR Schematic and Circulation Plan Scale 3/32” = 1’

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

Dojo (Practice Hall)

Multi-Purpose

Changing

Space

Rooms

Entrance 16

Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


ENTRANCE EXPERIENCE T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

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RenĂŠe Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


SECOND FLOOR


SECOND FLOOR

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

3D Axonometric View Not to Scale

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RenĂŠe Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


SECOND FLOOR Schematic and Circulation Plan

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

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OPEN TO BELOW 1

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TADASHIKU (Accuracy)

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KIBISHIKU (Rigor)

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TANOSHIKU (Delight) 1

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Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

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VISITOR EXPERIENCE

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TADASHIKU

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ACCURACY

01 Martial Arts in Popular Culture 02 The Japanese Martial Arts 03 Kendo Origins and Modernization


01 Martial Arts in Popular Culture INTRO WALL

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

Precedents

RELEVANT MARTIAL ARTS CONCEPTS MEDIA INSTALLATION ENTRANCE

ACCURACY SECTION INTRODUCTION

POPULAR DEPICTIONS OF MARTIAL ARTS

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Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


01 Martial Arts in Popular Culture

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

Perspective

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RenĂŠe Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


02 The Japanese Martial Arts

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

IAIDO

Precedents

NAGINATA

WEAPONS SYSTEMS

KYUDO

AIKIDO JUDO

KARATE

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WEAPONLESS SYSTEMS

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


02 The Japanese Martial Arts Perspective

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MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


02 The Japanese Martial Arts Graphic Elevations

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8'-0"

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6'-8"

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JUDO

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Martial Arts Case Front Elevation Scale: 1/2" = 1'-0"

Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


03 Kendo Origins and Modernization Precedents

MODERNIZATION MODERN KENDO ARMOR

JAPANESE SWORDS

SAMURAI ARMOR

ORIGINS

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Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D


03 Kendo Origins and Modernization Perspective

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RenĂŠe Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D


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03 Kendo Origins and Modernization

Graphic Elevations Origins and Modernization

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4" = 1'-0"

12'-0 1/2"

日 本 刀

THE JAPANESE SWORD

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鍔 TSUBA

Sword guard

Opening for mounting fixture

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鎬 SHINOGI Sculpted ridge

刃文 HAMON

Tempering pattern

もの打ち MONOUCHI Tempering pattern

Kendo History Case Front Elevation Scale: 1/2" = 1'-0"

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE

6'-0"

目釘穴 MEKUGI-ANA


厳 KIBISHIKU RIGOR

04 Kendo Principles 05 Technique and Practice


04 Kendo Principles

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

Precedents KI KEN TAI ICHI ZANSHIN READINESS

MUSHIN EMPTY MIND

RIGOR: SECTION INTRODUCTION

YUKO DAOTSU MAAI SPACE REI RESPECT

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Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


04 Kendo Principles

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

Perspective

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RenĂŠe Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


05 Technique and Practice THE KENDO JOURNEY

RANKS

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

THE PATH TO 8 DAN

COMPETITIONS

TECHNIQUES INTERACTIVES

Precedents

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Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


05 Technique and Practice

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

Perspective

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RenĂŠe Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


05 Technique and Practice Target Practice Interactive

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

23'-2 3/8"

5'-9 5/8"

11'-7 1/4"

TARGET

5'-9 5/8"

TARGET

PRACTICE

PRACTICE

MEN A basic strike to the top or sides of the head

突き

Can be combined with other strikes

TSUKI

One of the first things one learns in kendo

A thrust to the throat or top of the chestplate

9'-6"

More advanced technique Difficulty due to small target area

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Technique and Practice: View looking to dojo below Scale: 1/2" = 1'-0"

Touchscreen interactive: – Visitors are prompted to touch each target illuminated on the screen – When selected correctly the target displays information about the target and technique that was just performed

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Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


05 Technique and Practice

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

Shout it Out Interactive SHOUT IT OUT! Are you Louder than a Kendo Champion? – Using kendo champions’ kiai as a benchmark, visitors are challenged to give the loudest kiai – Each visitor’s kiai is recorded and the loudest are displayed on a screen inside the pod

い 合 ! 気 せ SHOUT IT OUT! 大 だ

Pod 3D view

KIAI

きい 声!

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Is your voice bigger than a kendo champion’s?

Interior Front

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Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

気 合 い

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Curabitur vitae aliquam nunc. Morbi

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Exterior

Corcoran College of Art + Design

Interior Left

VISITOR EXPERIENCE

大 HOW LOUD ARE YOU?き い な 声 Top Kiais: RINA

CHRISTIE OSAMU FRED

Interior Right


це╜ TANOSHIKU DELIGHT


06 Tanoshiku “Delight” Floor Plan

THE KENDO COMMUNITY

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

Precedents

INTERNATIONAL KENDO KENYU FRIENDS THROUGH THE SWORD CULTURAL EXCHANGE

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Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


06 Tanoshiku “Delight”

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

Perspective

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Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


06 Tanoshiku “Delight” Graphic Elevations

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

33'-2 3/8" 6'-2 3/4"

12'-3"

THE KENDO COMMUNITY

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9'-6"

14'-8 5/8"

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The Kendo Community Scale: 1/4" = 1'-0"

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MA Exhibition Design Thesis

To practice and learn

12'-3" |

Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

6'-2 3/4" VISITOR EXPERIENCE


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9'-6"

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ultrices. Phasellus laoreet sollicitudin

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06 Tanoshiku “Delight” Graphic Elevations 1

T H E WAY O F T H E S W O R D

The Kendo Community Scale: 1/4" = 1'-0"

33'-2 3/8" 14'-8 5/8"

12'-3"

6'-2 3/4"

To practice and learn

KENDO

9'-6"

P R O P E R L Y, it is important to consider E T I Q U E T T E

In

EXHIBITION CREDITS Duis tempus turpis in eros

other person’s feelings. AND the

CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY ,

KENDO

has the role of developing people

who can

SELFLESSLY

contribute to

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KENDO

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has this wonderful potential.

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DEVELOPING WORLD PEACE.

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This may sound exaggerated, but I BELIEVE

– SHOZO KATO SENSEI, KENDO KYOSHI 8 DAN

Kendo and cultural exchange Scale: 1/4" = 1'-0"

Renée Isabel Alfonso |

MA Exhibition Design Thesis

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Spring 2012 |

Corcoran College of Art + Design

VISITOR EXPERIENCE


THANK YOU! ありがとうございました!


Kendo: The Way of The Sword