Taiko is a special art form, not only because it’s unmistakably loud and vibrant, but also because it’s created by groups of people working together who depend largely on oral tradition to share the art form. Taiko practitioners may have known this for years, but the Taiko Mapping Project allowed the larger community to see connections in a more tangible way.
At the 2011 North American Taiko Conference, Linda Uyechi, Susan Yuen, and Peter Spangler presented a network visualization from the first Taiko Mapping Project based on two questions asked of NATC registrants:
- Which taiko group(s) have you played with?
- When did you play with them?
Since then, the initial Taiko Mapping Project has grown into a larger Taiko Census held in 2013 and again in 2016. From both of these mass measurements of the taiko community, we’ve been able to more clearly understand the large and small elements of taiko that make our artform so special.
For more information about the Taiko Mapping Project and the Taiko Census, check out the links below: