UKIGUMO floating cloudsEdit profile
MoNo was selected as one of exhibitors for the 5th FESTIVAL OF ARCHITECTURE, and as the only team outside Western area this year, becoming the first winner from Asia in this competition. For 4 days, from June 17th, MoNo exhibited “UKIGUMO - floating clouds” in Montpellier old town. The comparison was intended in this work with placing Japanese space into Western space, because the exhibition place “Hotel Griffy”, one of certified historical architectures, has an atmosphere of medieval Europe with beautiful stone columns and sculptures. The participants were 11 teams in all, 10 teams chosen in the international competition which about 170 architect teams from Europe, North America, Australia, Asia and South Africa applied, and 1 guest team. MoNo was the only team outside Western area and also the first winner from Asia in this competition. This festival is conducted by the association CHAMP LIBRE with the cooperation of Montpellier city, the national architectural university and some local architects. The purpose of this festival is to make the old town a gallery for a limited time and to rediscover city’s dormant worthiness, setting an installation art as modern art by architects in 11 court yards of certified historical architectures in the old town. This festival could become a big topic this year, with around 7,000 visitors and with broadcast in on the French state television. MoNo’s art work “UKIGUMO - floating clouds” is developed one from the presentation theme “Japanese independent space sense” which was treated in the installation art work “Light and Atmosphere in the Japanese way” in Vienna Austria with the coordination of local architectural network in 2009. This project was the activities through creation and exhibition of an installation art, and interchange for presentations, as the participant in The 5th FESTIVAL OF LIVELY ARCHITECTURE which was held 4 days from June 17th of 2010 in Montpellier France with the theme “Between shadow and light”. Many thin and pliant pillars stood closely as a motif of Japanese column confronting Western one, furthermore “UKIGUMO - floating clouds” was added as a device of connection between different these two worlds. With an image came from Japanese medieval picture ”Rakuchu Rakugai-zu (old Kyoto city picture)” “Tale of Genji (famous novel’s picture scroll)” , non woven fabric and balloons were set over the Japanese space as a method for placing different elements in one stage. Many thin and pliant pillars stood closely as a motif of Japanese column confronting Western one, furthermore “UKIGUMO - floating clouds” was added as a device of connection between different these two worlds. With an image came from Japanese medieval picture ”Rakuchu Rakugai-zu (old Kyoto city picture)” “Tale of Genji (famous novel’s picture scroll)” , non woven fabric and balloons were set over the Japanese space as a method for placing different elements in one stage. Click above image to view slideshow The reason why clear color was selected in many color balloons was because it could change the color to white with time, and it means a free transfer between the medieval times and today. Additionally, in this exhibition place, some lanterns “SaSa”, setting for leading visitors to the viewpoint of art work, could spread the world of this work. (The lantern design “SaSa” is a version for Europe which came from “Sofu tourou” designed for Kyoto illumination event Hanatouro in 2009.) “UKIGUMO - floating clouds” was treated widely in local media which reported this festival, and got much attention at the presentation conference with the difference of expression and of approach for the work from Western teams. This international activity followed the one in Austria for us, moreover, it could become a worthwhile experience because it was the event with many architects in the world by the local government and association. We are going to develop world wide activities, so we would like to nurture good communications with people all over the world.