Areas under larger, lower roofs are ‘closed’ spaces, and the light that falls between the many smaller roofs like sunbeams filtering through leaves creates a ‘half-outdoor’ space.
Visitors look out into ‘outside spaces’ from underneath the roofs and -conversely- peer back into ‘inside spaces’, producing a hybrid, effervescently-changing space in which the relationship between inside and outside can never be known for sure.
At first glance, clearly-defined lines of movement seem to have disappeared, and objects to be jumbled about in no visible order, but in actual fact, the space is subtly, carefully divided using the invisible space-defining practices of ‘ma’ and ‘shikiri’, which have existed in Japan since ancient times.
The result: the massive space loses its homogeneity, and provides visitors with the chaotic spatial experience of Japanese urban space.
Who else better than Japanese creative Studio Nendo would curate the design exhibition of ‘Japan: Tradition. Innovation’ at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Honoring Japan’s impact on contemporary design and technology, the installation is divided into five sections devoted respectively to transportation, robotic technology, social status, consumer culture and play. Rather than constructing temporary interior walls they use ‘roofs’ in a variety of sizes and heights to demarcate the different exhibits and with a graphic subway map-like graphic on the floor it allows visitors to identify the different zones.
May 18 13 @ 12:00 PMICFF 2013
May 18 13 @ 5:06 PMIHEARTCOMIX Presents: OFF/CNTR
May 18 13 @ 5:10 PMThe Killers at Barclays Center
May 19 13 @ 5:16 PMIron & Wine at The Capitol Theatre
May 20 13 @ 5:32 PMTom Petty & the Heartbreakers
May 21 13 @ 5:23 PMMoMA's Annual Party in the Garden
May 22 13 @ 5:37 PMof Montreal at Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 23 13 @ 5:27 PMØDD Spring Sale
May 24 13 @ 5:40 PMYacht at Shea Stadium
May 25 13 @ 5:50 PMJames Murphy and Special Guests at Grand Prospect Hall