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CRAF is a mobile agency that promotes dialog through the performance of projectile catalysts. With the contemporary breakdown of cultural expectations and expressions of dissent, CRAF investigates the methods for constructing a communication platform to encourage social exchange.

The project looks at how machines can be deployed to organize spectacles and engage people into performances. It proposes the use of social communication systems and ubiquitous computing as tools to collectively utilize online information and facilitate individual’s freedom of speech. Online information from social media is physicalized and represented as messages printed onto paper planes.  In order to understand machine and public performances, we examine the process of production, dissemination and display. The performance process are portrayed as mechanisms of paper folding and physical projectiles whereas the display is explored in the methodologies of mobilization and street performances.

Principle Researchers: Eizo Ishikawa, Tamon Sawangdee
Supervisors: Ruairi Glynn and Dr Christopher Leung with William Bondin

CRAF by Eizo Ishikawa & Tamon Sawangdee of the Interactive Architecture Lab

CRAF by Eizo Ishikawa & Tamon Sawangdee of the Interactive Architecture Lab

C.R.A.F.- Tamon Sawangdee, Eizo Ishikawa, GAD_RC3© Stonehouse Photographic

Paper Plane Manufacturing Line Embedded into Aluminium Folded Plane Structure


Example of Print Out Invitations to be folded by the machine


View from CRAF looking down over a London Park

C.R.A.F.- Tamon Sawangdee, Eizo Ishikawa, GAD_RC3© Stonehouse Photographic

Examples of different themed projectiles



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