＜Open Call Project SOCIAL DIVE＞
This project “traces” old wooden buildings by casting the outsides of buildings in concrete. The object newly made by this process is given life while still holding its past memories, and it creates whole new spatial experience. The latest prototype will be exhibited during Tokyo Biennale 2020/2021. Compared to countries abroad, the landscape of Japan is constructed by a “scrap and build” method of demolishing and reconstructing buildings. While the Tokyo landscape that changes day-by-day improves economic growth and city flow, it also loses layers of history, context, and stories. By breaking down the simple “scrap and build” method, the project aims at proposing a new way of renewing urban space. Please take a close look at the layers of Tokyo’s history and memories through the project.
Support: Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Arts Council Tokyo, Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., NOD Inc.
Cooperation: Dept. of Building Technologists, Monotsukuri Institute of Technologists Architectural Materials and Construction Laboratory
(As of July 2020)
1: [TOKYO KATAYA] Image at completion in the future, 2019, Photo by SEKAI
2: [TOKYO KATAYA] Production scene, 2019, Photo by SEKAI
3: [TOKYO KATAYA] Exhibition image, 2021, Photo by SEKAI
SEKAl+m.ichijo+n.murakami+Akinai-garden is a group of artists focusing mainly on architecture. Their approach to projects is centered on participation rather than creativity. The project for the Tokyo Biennale 2020 has opened new gates for the group. From the initial stages of the project, the team has conducted verification tests with the cooperation of Otsuka Laboratory at the Institute of Technology, experts in construction materials. Members from various fields such as demolition specialists and photographers are also scheduled to join their activities at a later date. Making both art and architecture, this is a new project team transcending existing frameworks, whose members share the same goals.
AKINAI GARDEN： https://akinai.life/
1-5-14 Nihonbashi-muromachi Chuo-ku Tokyo
・1 minute walk from “Mitsukoshimae” Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.
・5 minute walk from “Nihombashi” Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line.
・５ minutes walk from “Shin-Nihombashi” Station on the JR Line.