September 20th, 2008
apologies for the long hiatus from blogging.
the days are full here in tokyo and not much time left over for blogging. I did manage to finish my phd at the univesity of tokyo however, so theoretically there will be more posts coming more regularly from now on. let’s see.
in the meantime, and in the continuing vein of writing about things tangentially related to our work, our good friend shinji ohmaki is one of the artists joining the yokohama triennale this time round, and we were able to take a trip last weekend to check out his installation.
Shinji and I have worked on projects together for about five years now, sometimes collaborating, sometimes just helping each other out. This time around I guess I was the official sounding board for ideas, and in the end helped with the drawings and so on necessary to get the innocuous looking bucket below fabricated.
Actually Shinji went through a number of ideas before this one, all of them much more permanent and physically “present”, even architectural, but in the process of fleshing the ideas out realised the installation needed to be as insubstantial as possible. Which is why he came up with the idea of an installation composed of nothing but air. Well, bubbles, in fact.
And the result of his epiphany is exactly fifty identical containers for fifty nifty little bubble machines. Perfectly scalable, easy to move around, flexible as heck, and best of all completely inconspicuous until the switch is thrown. Oh, and they can be stacked up to make a tower (which I am really looking forward to seeing).
Since I am an architect the best part of the whole deal for me is that Shinji got to use the ferry terminal in yokohama (by Foreign office Architects) as his stage, moving his piece all round the roof from day to day. The effect is amazing. almost like a happening, really. It is quite a fun piece, and the rest of the works scattered throughout the area are also worth checking out. If you are Japan I definitely recomend making the trip.
with machines (mostly) off
and then on