IJC Museum in the Cloud

ANA (All Nippon Airways) tourism site, Is Japan Cool?, includes IJC Museum in the Cloud, a 3D virtual museum created in the cloud allowing art buffs anywhere access to range of Japan’s leading artists representing Japan’s contemporary art scene. The Digital Craft Grand Prix winner at Spikes Asia Awards 2016 features seven galleries with work by Yayoi Kusama, Nerhol (Yoshihisa Tanaka and Ryuta Iida), Manabu Ikeda, Tabaimo, Taku Obata, Kohei Nawa, and Hisashi Tenmyouya.

IJC Museum in the Cloud

The IJC museum includes large sculptures and dismantled installations no longer on display in the real world and difficult to reproduce. 2D artworks can be magnified, allowing visitors to view greater detail than with human vision. The virtual museum shows movies of the artists at work or speaking about their work, so visitors can experience art appreciation only available with digitalized exhibition. WebGL enables overwhelming 3D reproduction. Visitors can move freely inside the museum and see artworks in 360-degree panorama, just like being there. Photography can be prohibited in most museums in Japan, but here, visitors can freely take photographs of any work or post them on social networks.

The IJC Museum in the Cloud project began with an architect’s design for a real museum. Creating a “3D museum in the cloud” involved actual building engineering in full scale and texture, capturing the functionality of exhibition spaces. Sculptures were digitalized using a 3D scanner, enhanced with super high-precision texture data captured through high-resolution photography.

IJC Museum in the Cloud Credits

The IJC Museum in the Cloud project was developed at Enjin by creative director Shiro Nomura and communication designer Takeshi Yazaki working with All Nippon Airways market communication director Daisuke Katayama.

The IJC Museum in the Cloud site was developed at Birdman by creative director/art director Takayuki Nagai, technical director Shudai Matsumoto, designers Wookie Choi and Ryota Mishima, front end engineers Takayuki Komatsu and Yosuke Fujimoto, back end engineer Masanori Nagamura, CG designers (web) Sho Kakazu and Yuta Yamada, cameraman Kanta Takeuchi, project manager Haruka Yokokawa.

Filming was produced at Kirameki by producer Tomoaki Kumano, Tangram director Makoto Yabuki, project manager Yohei Takiguchi, CG designers Tsukasa Abe, Hideki Inoue, Seika Ishii, compositor Taichi Okada, Mergrim composer Takahisa Mitsumori, art coordinator Chiaki Noji, photographer Eriko Kaji.

3D scan producer was Yoshinori Tamura at Zero C Seven.

Architecture was supervised by Architecture Atelier Akio Takatsuka.