Workshop and Projection: For the Sake of Anyone Who We Might not Have Seen Yet SEASON 04

In this season, we kept on aspiring the theme, capturing the suggestions to enrich the community design and network for the future by collecting to absorb the positive roles and dreams of female characters featured in films, novels, etc in Hokuriku Area. In addition to the current program, the presentation event of landscape projection took place as a new methodology in the public place held twice in spring and autumn. It was a projection mapping event with fantastical images to appear in the middle of the paddy fields in the beautiful bucolic landscape, as known as ‘Sankyoson’ which means the village of living scattering around in the west of Toyama Prefecture. It was also a good opportunity for Cinematic Architecture Tokyo to receive some direct feedbacks to the expressions and someone who was on the road said that it was a fantastic souvenir as well as other local audience.

The three days workshop in which an exhibition installed at the same time went well intensively with a kind assistance by the Takaoka Municipal Museum even we had the Typhoon #19. During the time the local newspaper interviewed us and people from the local civic group for community design and women's equity action joined and a farmer who has been promoting the ecological farming from Nanto City came in, having a meaningful conversation with us.

Even in the bad weather we had many and various kinds and ages of people who read the article of the paper popped in the venue and gave the opinions and showed the impressions that this event should be know more and sustainable. The attendants were not just the local member of Cinematic Architecture Tokyo but also people who came from wildly like the east of Toyama Prefecture and University student from Ishikawa Prefecture. And the main topic of the discussion on the media was first, an animation film, I want to Eat Your Pancreas (2018) which is located in Takaoka and second, a feature film, It’s Boring Here, Pick Me Up (2018) which is written by a female author, Mariko Yamauchi who is a talented home-grown. Especially the discussion on It’s Boring Here, Pick Me Up was lively and productive when it comes to it’s social issue appeared in both film and novel on its problematic situation in terms of the urban scheme and economy in provincial cities through the struggle of women in which it’s happening everywhere outside the big cities, not just as a film of nostalgia in adolescence.

We’ve been visiting the excellent local architectures since the first season of the workshop as the reference for our formative expression. This time we look around the Yoshiro and Yoshio Taniguchi Museum of Architecture in Kanazawa City designed for the home-grown outstanding architects, Yoshiro and his son, Yoshio Taniguchi, the Ishikawa Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy in Kahoku City designed by Tadao Ando, the Oshima Museum of Picture Books in Imizu City designed by Itsuko Hasegawa and the Outside Line in Uozu City designed by Daniel Libeskind who also known as an architect for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.

Throughout the workshop we realised we still could learn from the concept, what we learn from women’s positive roles and their dreams, and need to find other way of expressions for further consideration while we’re working on making the conceptual mapping and other corporative works during the workshop.

We’de like to appreciate the kind effort by people from the local-based civic group, N Project, the Takaoka MInicipal Museum’s open-minded acceptance and Mr. and Ms. Nakai of Kyonsa (the house name ) for letting us use the traditional house for the projection mapping.

*The phrase ’ For the Sake of Anyone Who We Might not Have Seen Yet’ is taken from a dialogue of Satoko Kizaki’s the Akutagawa Literature Prize awarded novel, The Phoenix Tree (1985) which is located in the city of Takaoka.

Special thanks to
Non Profit Organisation N-Project Hito, Michi, Machi (human, roads, town), Kyonsa, Fumio Isobe

Surpported by
Kitanihon-Shinbun Newspaper inc., The Art and Cultural Bureau of Toyama Prefecture, The Cultural Board of Toyama Prefecture, The Culture and Creation Bureau of Takaoka

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