See Rain Fall by Akimitsu Sadoi LED Artist

Akimitsu Sadoi LED ArtistWhen asked, Akimitsu Sadoi defined the concept of “ingenuity” as “the basis or answer or solution to the creativity. You need to be able to come up with the solution, it’s the word that describes times that can come up with the solution.” Sadoi is just one of close to forty artists exhibiting work at the 2013 IngenuityFest.

A Hiroshima native, Sadoi has been living in Brooklyn, NY for the past 23 years. As a child he became obsessed with electronics, and in particular lights. An LED light caught his attention on a radio as a power indicator light as a young student in elementary school. Since LEDs were expensive at the time, he would buy a few at local stores and begin to experiment with them. However, in recent years as LEDs have be come more affordable, he has started to do a lot more experimentation with programming LEDs.

Consistent with the 2013 theme of “clouds,” Sadoi’s piece, Rain Fall, is a large array of approximately 50 straight lined LED bars. Each bar consists of 50 or more LEDs programmed to create a rapid, smooth, downward motion of light, much like rain drops. The motion of light also represents movement of information, from one person to another, or through networks. The entire array is controlled to display something meaningful, while sometimes showing seemingly random patterns. This reminds the viewer of the natural world, where seemingly random and chaotic scenes are generated from organized sets of rules.

Although this is Sadoi’s first time collaborating with Ingenuity, the atypical venue is a challenge he welcomes. He believes, “It’s good to start with some place completely raw. You get to really mold the whole environment. Not just your piece.”

Read about one of Aki’s project in Make: Link

A snapshot of Stephen Takacs…

Kodak Brownie box camera

Ever wonder about the internal workings of a camera? Find out at this year’s IngenuityFest! Artist, Stephen Takacs is creating Target Six-16. Target Six-16 is a modular, room-sized camera obscura that functions as an immersive art installation, as a functioning image-making device and a didactic tool. Physically, this piece is a to-scale replica of an iconic Kodak Brownie box camera that has been enlarged 18.5 times to a footprint of 5’ 3” x 8’ 5”, and a height of 8’.

Viewers of Target Six-16 are encouraged to enter the installation through an opening in the rear of piece and experience the internal workings of the image capture device. On the front of the camera is a lens and a small infrared sensor connected to the camera shutter. When the sensor is activated by motion, it opens the shutter allowing light to enter inside of camera via the lens. The cameras lens projects an upside-down image of the exterior onto a large spool of thin transparent fabric in the interior of the camera. Within this camera obscura, the everyday world is re-contextualized by literally turning the perception of the world upside-down. By entering inside of Target Six-16, participants are simultaneously captured by, and become, the capture device. As viewers on the outside observe the object, they simultaneously become the object. This inversion and simultaneous juxtaposition of the role of the viewer and the viewed presents a definitive challenge to the standard art viewing experience.

How would YOU define “ingenuity”?

We asked several of our artists to define the concept of “ingenuity.” Here’s what they came up with:

“The basis or answer or solution to the creativity. You need to be able to come up with the solution, it’s the word that describes times that can come up with the solution.” – Akimitsu Sadoi

“I think it’s not necessarily the invention of an idea, it’s more of an elaboration of an idea, putting an alternative use to an idea. Taking things that people might do in their own particular realm and recontextualizing.” – George Kozmon

“I connect a lot with creativity but I associate it more with solving scientific/practical problems rather than artistic problems. You can… I just associate it more with technical problems. There’s a kinship with scientific community in that way.” – Amy Smith, Headlong Dance

“Creating something and having that creation feed you something you were previously unaware. The creation of something grows more than just the solution.” – Jason Tilk, Pinch and Squeal

How would YOU define the concept of “ingenuity”?

Red Rover, Red Rover…Let Headlong come over!


The 2013 IngenuityFest will be featuring performances by Philadelphia-based Headlong Dance Theater. Throughout the weekend they’ll be performing their piece, Red Rovers. Set at a conference on the rover mission to Mars, Red Rovers is a beautifully disjunctive narrative on what happens when romance goes south between two of the conference session leaders.

Read more about the piece here:

Check out this photo from the piece!

Tickets to this event are free but we’re recommending reservations.  Reserve tickets here: Link

2013 Festival: Public Transit

Access the 2013 Festival by RTA:  Please note that parking at RTA Rapid Stations is FREE at all times along the Red, Blue, and Green Lines.  All the Rapids connect with the Waterfront Line, so you can park for free at a station, buy an All-Day pass for $5.00, and be dropped off close to the event.

1. the L-line trolley will operate on

  • Saturday September 21, from 10 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Sunday September 22, from 10 AM – 5:30 PM

2. the new Waterfront Rapid Line will operate on

  • Friday September 20, from 6:30 AM – 10:30 PM
  • Saturday September 21, from 9 AM – 10:30 PM
  • Sunday September 22, from 9 AM – 10:30 PM


Trollies are free, with a smile. The rapid line fares are listed below:

Regular Senior Citizen/Disabled Student
Cash Fare $2.25 $1.00 $1.50
All Day Pass $5.00 $2.50 $4.00
5-Trip Farecard $11.25 $5.00 $7.50
7 Day Pass $22.50 $10.00
Monthly Pass $85.00 $38.00

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Questions?  Use Google Transit to plan your trip, visit, or call 216.621.9500.

Cleveland Public Library and Ingenuity Partner on Mini Maker Faire in April

Ingenuity Cleveland is pleased to announce the area’s first Mini Maker Faire in collaboration with the Cleveland Public Library.  The event will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 10 am – 6:00 pm at the Library’s downtown branch (325 Superior Ave., N.E. Cleveland, OH 44114.)  This free event will allow people of all ages to learn, discover, create, and play along with “makers” and creators from the region’s business, non-profit, and scholastic sectors.

Ingenuity is still actively seeking participants and sponsors to exhibit, display, demonstrate, and present at the Cleveland Maker Faire.  Please visit for details.

“This event is part of our overall strategy of redefining the library as a community resource for exploration and inspiration,” said Cleveland Public Library’s Programming Director, Aaron Mason.  “The creation of TechCentral, a technology and learning center located in the Lower Level of the Louis Stokes Wing of the Main Library, was part of this initiative and fits perfectly into the Maker movement happening all over the world.”

The Maker Movement, made up of creators, inventors, crafters, and techies strives to inspire, unite, and inform while celebrating the DIY community.  Maker Faires are a celebration of the innovation and resourcefulness of the ever-growing Maker Movement.  While Maker Faires have been held in such U.S. cities as Detroit, San Francisco, and New York, the Ingenuity Mini Maker Faire will be the first of its kind in Cleveland.

“Ingenuity’s mission is to explore the space where humanity and technology meet,” said James Krouse, Ingenuity’s Artistic Director.  “Partnering on this event allows us to fulfill that mission beyond the annual festival and also work with artists, creative technologists, companies, schools, and community groups to cultivate projects on an ongoing basis.”


Ingenuity highlights the creativity and innovation that make Cleveland a vibrant place to live. We ignite the creative spark where the arts, science, and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with world-class, innovative experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform for exploring the boundaries of arts, science, and technology. We do this through our innovative outreach programs, creative partnerships, and events including our annual IngenuityFest.

IngenuityFest, entering its 9th season, is funded by The George Gund Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Cleveland Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council as well as other businesses, non-profits, and private individuals. Ingenuity is pleased to have the support of lead sponsor Scene Magazine, as well as NESCO Resource. The three-day Festival, which currently creates a combined economic impact of $4.5 million to Cleveland’s economy, will return in September 2013.

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