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A panorama projection with an AR system “Landscape Scroll of the Four Seasons by Sesshu Toyo”
Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum, Tokyo, Yamaguchi, 2019

Production
“Landscape Scroll of the Four Seasons by Sesshu Toyo”
National Treasure, Mohri Museum Collection
dated 1486, handscroll, ink and light colors on paper, 40.8×1602.3cm

Special cooperation: Mohri Museum Co. Ltd.
Photographed by Seiji Shirono [National Institutes for Cultural Heritage, Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties]

Creative director: Tomoko Mukai
Technical director: Shiro Yamamoto

Curator: Mami Okamoto [Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum]
Executive producer: Michitaka Kono [Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum]

© 2019 Museum Town Yamaguchi Executive Committee

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Drama “The 1000 Year Unicorn”
Tokyo Engeki Ensemble, Theater Green BOX in BOX THEATER, Tokyo, Japan, 2019

Production
The original: Yu Okita | Instruction and direction: Yoshinori Kouke | Music: Ken Kaizu | Stage design: Tomoko Inamura + Yoshinori Kouke | Costume design: Tomoko Inamura | Moving images: Tomoko Mukai | Sound engineering: Takeshi Shima | Lighting: Chieko Makabe | Advertising art: Takayuki Kubo + Kei Okuaki | Stage director: Yuya Shinohara | Produced by Akiko Komori + Akira Ota + Takako Kashio

Cast
Tomoko Yamazaki as Anne | Wataru Nagahama as Maruo | Kisetsu Mano as an old woman of the gallery and Anne’s grandmother | Toshiya Kobayashi as Anne’s father and unicorn | Hiroko Nasu as Paia, ironmonger and news anchor | Sumihiko Asai as Peruda, a man of the furniture shop and announcer | Yuya Shinohara as Ratatosk, reporter, a man of the repair shop and student B | Yuichiro Ohashi as Skol, a buyer of the buddha statue and student A

“The 1000 Year Unicorn”  was shown as the premiere of a stage by Tokyo Engeki Ensemble. The original book was written by a high school teacher. This drama focuses on the feeling of despair of today from “Ijime (hazing)” in the school life to the global issues. It describes how to communicate with others in a global sense of obstruction. This stage will go on tour as a travel performance for schools and teenagers all over the country from 2020.

The natural environment like the moon, blue sky, rain, rivers and hill in the moving images represented the background of the stage, and at the same time, symbolized roles as watching over the characters and the drama, and the outside world that the characters overlook in their despair.

『千年ユニコーン』 は、10代の若者を取り巻く「いじめ」の問題を中心に、今日の世界中に溢れる閉塞感の中で、「他者に伝える」ことの意味を描く。本公演は、現役の高校教師による書き下ろしで、東京演劇アンサンブルの演出により初演として上演された。2020年以降、全国の学校や10代の若者を対象に巡回公演を行う。

本公演の映像演出では、月、青空、雨、川、丘といった周囲の自然環境が、舞台の背景としてだけではなく、ときに舞台上の登場人物やドラマを見守り、ときに登場人物が閉塞感の中で、見渡すことのできる外の世界を暗示している。

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Public projection “open paths”
Project “Yanaka: liberated street – Kashiwa-Yu Dori”, “UENOYES BALLOON DAYS #2”, Yanaka, Tokyo, Japan, 2018

concept and spatial projection: Tomoko Mukai
photography materials: Tomoko Mukai + Taisuke Yajima 

documentation:
photography: Taisuke Yajima
videography: Takuma Kamaishi

The public projection “open paths” was shown as a part of the project “Yanaka: liberated street – Kashiwa-Yu Dori (street)”, “UENOYES BALLOON DAYS #2”. The Yanaka area of ​​Tokyo is not only a very notable place with many historical temples but also a place as the centre of modern Japanese art history. In the project “Yanaka: liberated street – Kashiwa-Yu Dori”, an 80m-street in Yanaka was open as a pedestrian paradise to citizens and artists all day. Various kinds of their activities were held during the day such as participatory works by artists and citizens, workshops, dances and music performances hybrid as what they wanted to do.

The projection “open paths” was held in the evening around the end of this project. Images of over 150 streets, which connote “passages” to historical and cultural places in Yanaka, were projected onto a long wall of a temple at “Kashiwa-yu Dori”. At the same time, real shadows of observers at “Kashiwa-Yu Dori” were projected overlapped onto images of those streets. It means, those projected images contained not only images of past memories in this area, but also evoked images that people might encounter at those streets in future.

『谷中解放区「柏湯通り」』では、約80mの1本の道を、市民やアーティストに終日解放。アーティストによる参加型の作品やワークショップ、神出鬼没のダンス、音楽パフォーマンスなど、多様な表現が路上で繰り広げられる一方、一般市民も各自がやりたいことを持ちこみ実践した。
『open paths』 は、『谷中解放区「柏湯通り」』の終わり、夕方ごろに実施。『open paths』 を直訳すると「小道を開く」となるが、英語では「道を切り拓く」という意味をもつ。道にあるお寺の壁に、谷中の様々な小道を映し出し、今いるこの道(柏湯通り)がそれらの道と繋がっていることを想起させ、ひいては地域一帯の暮らし・歴史・文化に思いを馳せさせる。また、次にそれらの道で、出会ったり、生まれたりするかもしれないことごとへの予感に想いを巡らせ、集い「眺める」ための場を創出した。

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Spatial projection for yoga and meditation exercise,
Mao Imai (Yogini) + Reiko Yoneyama (Yogini) + Tomoko Mukai
&moment, Tokyo, Japan, 2018

documentation:
photography: Taisuke Yajima
videography: Mizuho Seko

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Spatial projection “Distances”
composed by Hiroyuki Itoh, Regular performance 2018 of Ensemble Contemporary α, Commemorating the 20th anniversary of “Bach’s birth to 333”, Recital Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo, Japan, 2018

documentation:
photography: Taisuke Yajima
video camera: Riyoko Sugiura, Mizuho Seko, Yuma Nishimura
video editing: Riyoko Sugiura

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Exhibition design for “Landscape Scroll of the Four Seasons by Sesshu Toyo”
National Treasure (collection of Mouri Museum), exhibited at Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan, 2006, 2009, 2014–2017

Since 2006, this continuous project is ongoing in cooperation with Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum. “Landscape Scroll of the Four Seasons by Sesshu Toyo” is drawn by one of the Japanese outstanding painters of Suiboku-ga (ink-wash painting), Toyo Sesshu in 15th Century. This masterpiece is owed as a national treasure by Mouri Museum and is shown to the public almost once a year only at that museum. The total length of this work is about 16m, therefore, it is not easy for museum visitors to observe it carefully. This project aims to convey the attraction of this masterpiece by using moving images through 4K monitors or projections that cannot be by the usual display of the original. Those exhibition designs make it possible to let museum visitors observe its details and evoke them the feelings surrounded by this landscape scroll. In addition, workshops for children were held by the utilization of local databases for cultural properties as a part of this project.

2006年より現在まで山口県立美術館との継続プロジェクトとして、雪舟等楊筆『四季山水図』通称『山水長巻』(国宝・毛利博物館)の映像展示デザインに取り組んでいる。同山水画は、雪舟を代表する大作であるが、原物鑑賞は1年に1度の毛利博物館でも公開にほぼ限られ、また、全長約16mがおよぶため、一般の人が丹念に鑑賞することは難しい。そのため鑑賞者が、山水画の細部を観察したり、壮大な山水画の世界に囲まれたりと、原物の鑑賞だけでは伝えきれないこの名作の魅力を伝えるために、様々な映像展示を提案し公開している。また、このプロジェクトの一環として地元の各種文化財データベースを活用した、子どものためのワークショップなども実施。

documentation:
photography: Tomoko Mukai

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para || axis
Tomoko Mukai + Matthias Neuenhofer
(media artist)
St.Gertrud, Cologne, Germany, 2017

documentation:
photography: Tomoko Mukai + Matthias Neuenhofer

 

para || axis is a project that gradually brings into focus the potential of a place through observation of things and phenomenon on site from various positions. It stirs the imagination of a parallel world, twists of space and time, the possibility that diverse things and phenomenon will be generated.
“para || axis” is derived from an ancient Greek word “Parallaxis”,  which is the origin of the word “parallax.” The word “parallax” in astronomical terminology means the apparent change in the position of a heavenly body when that object is observed from two different positions. Human beings use parallax to gain depth perception from their two eyes. The Greek prefix “para” means “besides” or “beyond” and is associated with the word “parallel.” The word “axis” means basic lines or principal structure of a three-dimensional body. Two vertical lines “ || ” between “para” and “axis” are associated with “OR” in the programming language C.

St. Gertrud is a Catholic church in St. Agnes Parish, Cologne, Germany, which was designed by German architect, Gottfried Böhm in the 1960s. Because the city of Cologne was bombed during World War II, the reconstruction and building of the churches and chapels were important projects for local people after the war. Today this church is not only a place of worship but also a historically and culturally significant site in the city. Especially it is led through »sankt gertrud: kirche + kultur« as a special site for cultural communication.

Gottfried Böhm (1920-, Germany) is a German architect, who combined traditional architectural styles with modern materials and sculptural forms. His outstanding works are church designs after World War II. He was awarded the world-famous Pritzker Architecture Prize as the first German architect in 1986.

para || axisとは、ある場所を様々な視差から眺めるとき、徐々に場所とその場所をめぐる事柄や事象の潜在性に焦点が合っていくプロジェクトである。平行や時空のねじれ、多様な事柄や事象が生成されていく可能性を想起させるものでもある。「para || axis」は、「parallax(パララックス・視差)」の語源である古代ギリシャ語の「parallaxis(パララクシス)」に由来する。天体を観測する際、位置によって見え方が異 なることを指す天文用語であったり、 右目と左目の視差などをを指したりする言葉である。また、古代ギリシャ語の接頭語「para(パラ)」は「〜と隣接する」「〜を超える」を意味し、「parallel(平行)」を想像させる。そして、「axis(アクシス)」は軸を意味する。「パラ」と「アクシス」の間の「 || 」は、プログラミング用語の「 OR 」を表す2本線のようでもある。

ゴッドフリート・ベームによって1960年代に設計され、ケルン市の重要な歴史・文化的拠点でもある聖ゲルトゥルトゥ教会にて実施。向井の映像は、街中のどこかで見た光の景色を人々から喚起させ、教会の丸い植物の形のステンドグラスの光とも呼応する。ノイエンホッファーの映像は、天井の四角錐を基調としたグラフィックを、磁気によって変化・生成させたり、GPS情報をグラフィックオブジェクトを変換させたりし、教会に存在する見えない情報を可視化させる。この双方のイメージを融合・共存させることで、街中の拠点、文化的メディアとしての建築自体の役割を増幅させるような映像空間を実現。本作品は、ケルン市記念碑の日にあわせて公開された。
ゴッドフリート・ベームは、戦後ドイツの教会や礼拝堂の建設や再建に従事。1986年、ドイツ人として初めて、世界的建築賞であるプリツカー賞を受賞。

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The digest of “Exhibiting Music”

 


Full Version of “In the Dim Light”

 

Exhibiting Music – The Resonance of Forests
Tomoko Mukai + Hiroyuki Itoh (composer)
spatial projection and contemporary music,
sonorium (designed by Jun Aoki), Tokyo, Japan, 2017

documentation:
photography: Taisuke Yajima
videography: Takuma Kamaishi

Exhibiting Music is a project in co-plan and cooperation with the composer Hiroyuki Itoh. It aims to create a spatial experience comprehensively with contemporary music and spatial projection.

『音楽の展覧会』は、向井知子(映像空間演出)と伊藤弘之(作曲家)が、映像絵画展とミニコンサートを融合させ、建築空間全体を総合演出するプロジェクトである。『音楽の展覧会: 森をめぐって』では、青木淳が設計した非対称のユニークな建築空間を立体的に演出した。伊藤が作曲した4つの楽曲から構成し、内3曲『迷宮の森』『In the Dim Light』『響きの森へ』で映像空間演出を行なった(1曲は、真っ暗闇の中で実施)。異なる領域の観客層を開拓するとともに、本公演とは別に「子どものためのミニ公演」も設け、難解と思われがちな現代音楽を、世代を超えて子どもたちにも開放。

Program
The Woods of Labyrinth for soprano saxophone: recorded sound source performed by Kohei Ueno, soprano saxophone

In the Dim Light: performed by Ryuta Nishikawa, conducting | Jun-ichiro Taku, alto flute | Ikuko Suzuki, clarinet | Madoka Sato, violin | Tomoki Tai, violoncello | Yumi Oikawa, piano
Yuragu Kaze wo Oru for vocal ensemble: recorded sound source performed by Vox humana (presented in the darkness without projection)
Deep into the Resonant Forest for piano solo: performed by Yumi Oikawa, piano

 

The Woods of Labyrinth
This spatial projection was created for the musical piece “The Woods of Labyrinth for soprano saxophone solo” composed by Hiroyuki Itoh in 2002, who originally was inspired by a public sculpture “Sunlight filtering through the woods with fruits” produced by Masayuki Hashimoto. He was impressed by a mass of metal with organic movements like living things and composed images of the vitality of the forest and the feeling of happiness such as sunlight filtering.

Most of its projected moving images were inspired by forests in Yakushima Island, Japan as the world natural heritage, where rich forests with diverse vegetation grow. It rains a lot there. Those forests contain plenty of water and strongly root on the ground. Many of the images were taken in the forests of Yakushima and edited to moving images by multilayered photographic images. Those images make us associate with “breathing” of the forest or the earth. The last scene was inspired by Brother Claus Chapel in Wachendorf, Germany designed by the renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, which embodies the benevolence of nature. This scene evokes the passage to this chapel throughout a field of rapeseed.

『迷宮の森』は、伊藤弘之氏が、2002年埼玉県立美術館の委嘱として、橋本真之作の野外彫刻『果実の中の木もれ陽』(鍛金、埼玉県立美術館・北浦和公園)からインスピレーションをえて、ソプラノ・サクソフォーンのための楽曲として作曲したものである。「くねくねと曲がり、絡み合って繋がっているのです。琥珀色の鍛金の質感やうねりは、周囲の木々と一体化し、森の中の、なにか有機的な、大きな生きもののようなものに感じられます。また彫刻の胴体に空いた沢山の穴は、どこに繋がっていくのかわからない、吸い込まれていくような錯覚を覚えさせます。きらきらした木漏れ日が溢れるような、幸せなイメージをもって作曲した楽曲です。」(伊藤弘之氏との対話から、2014年)映像空間演出『迷宮の森』は、この伊藤の解釈を映像化したというよりも、どのような森と対峙したとき、このような音に出会うのかを想像したものである。全体に5場面から構成されており、主なイメージとしては、屋久島とペーター・ツムトア設計「ブラザー・クラウス野外礼拝堂」(ドイツ・メッヒェルニッヒ・ヴァッヒェンドルフ)に、この曲の森の原像を思い浮かべている。

Deep into the Resonant Forest
This spatial projection was created for the musical piece for “Deep into the Resonant Forest for piano solo” composed by Hiroyuki Itoh in 2007. For this piece, he did not have any particular motif derived from the existing forests. He imagined a forest consisting of the resonance created only by the composition of sounds of piano purely.

“This spatial projection was composed through the association with “particles” of sounds. The moving images consist of the fusion of various kinds of the computer-generated “particles” and multilayered photographic images. There is no narrative story, but a forest emerges from the collection of fragmented images of particles and those reflections.

『響きの森へ』は、2007年に伊藤弘之氏が、ピアノ・ソロのための楽曲として作曲したものである。具体的に存在する森を想定しておらず、純粋にピアノの音のコンポジションによって生まれる「響き」から森をイメージしている。伊藤氏の手書きの楽譜に打たれた音の布置は、とても視覚的で繊細で美しい。それは、まるで、光の粒子のようである。映像空間演出『響きの森へ』は、これら楽譜に配置された「音の粒子」から想起し、純粋にコンピュータ上で生成される様々な種類のパーティクルと線的要素を、写真イメージと多層に重ねて構成している。ナラティブなストーリー性は持たせておらず、光の粒子とそれらの反射から生まれる断片的イメージの集積から、森を生成する。色彩は、どちらかというとモノトーンによっているが、白黒の構成というよりは、黒と白の間に、漠々と広がる青と緑ののグラデーションを織り交ぜながら、光の粒子から森を生成している。

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The spatial projection “The Woods of Labyrinth”
composed by Hiroyuki Itoh,
Intersection Project 2014
“Exhibiting Music + Live Concert: Juxtaposition / Crossing”,
Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 2015

documentation:
photography: Io Nishimura

 

The Woods of Labyrinth
This spatial projection was created for the musical piece “The Woods of Labyrinth for soprano saxophone solo” composed by Hiroyuki Itoh in 2002, who originally was inspired by a public sculpture “Sunlight filtering through the woods with fruits” produced by Masayuki Hashimoto. He was impressed by a mass of metal with organic movements like living things and composed images of the vitality of the forest and the feeling of happiness such as sunlight filtering.

Most of its projected moving images were inspired by forests in Yakushima Island, Japan as the world natural heritage, where rich forests with diverse vegetation grow. It rains a lot there. Those forests contain plenty of water and strongly root on the ground. Many of the images were taken in the forests of Yakushima and edited to moving images by multilayered photographic images. Those images make us associate with “breathing” of the forest or the earth. The last scene was inspired by Brother Claus Chapel in Wachendorf, Germany designed by the renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, which embodies the benevolence of nature. This scene evokes the passage to this chapel throughout a field of rapeseed.

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Cyan Blue
sound design by Ippei Ogura
Kameoka Hachiman-Shrine, MEDI–ARTz Zushi, Zushi, Kanagawa, Japan, 2014

documentation:
photography and videography: Kazuomi Furuya

 

The projected moving images are generated by the three primary colours RGB (red, green, blue) of light.
Cyan Blue projects a landscape that looks as if drawn with layers of CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) colours on the paper. It is based on my visual and physical memories of the time I used to draw perspectives with acrylic paint. As a related work, “Pink Gradation” was produced with the same concept.

映像は光の三原色RGB(赤・緑・青)を出力の基調とする。『Cyan Blue』 では、紙面にCMYK(シアン・マゼンタ・イエロー・ブラック)の層を重ねるように、絵画的質感を帯びた光景を投影する。絵の具でパースペクティヴを描いていた頃の視覚と身体の記憶を手がかりに、シアン・ブルーの光景を描いた。

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Spatial projection “Pink gradation”|”Cyan Blue”|”Notation”
sound design by Ippei Ogura
Intersection Project 2013,
“Parallel Crossing: Performative Architecture”,
Middle Hall, College of Art, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

documentation:
photography: Satomi Tanaka

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Ichinosaka–River Landscape Project “Bridging Landscape”
sound design by ef end es
“HEART 2007”, organized by Museum Town Yamaguchi Committee, Yamaguchi Prefectural Cultural Federation, Yamaguchi Prefectural Board of Education, NPO Corporation of Children Station, Ichinosaka–River, Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi, Japan, 2007

documentation:
photography: Tomoji Iwai

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Spatial projection “Only white deep white”
sound design by Ippei Ogura
Hofu Tenmangu-Shrine (The oldest Tenmangu in Japan) and Suo Kokubun-Ji Temple, Yamaguchi, Japan, 2004
The related project to “completion ceremony of “Large Scale Heisei Era Conservation” of Suo Kokubun-Ji Temple

Qualified by Association for Corporate Support of the Arts, organized by Hofu City Foundation For Cultural Promotion, Yamaguchi Prefectural Tourism Federation, Hofu Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Hofu Sightseeing Product Association, Hofu Confectionery Association and others

documentation:
photography: Yozo Takada

 

Spatial projection “Only white deep white – projection for art–Link”
sound design by Ippei Ogura
Public projections at three different historical- and cultural places in Ueno and Yanaka area, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo National Museum (Main Building as Important Cultural Properties), Kanei-Ji Temple, Tokyo, Japan, 2002
The related project to “art-Link Ueno–Yanaka 2002”, organized by Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo National Museum, Executive Committee of art-Link Ueno–Yanaka 2002

documentation:
photography: Yozo Takada

“Only white deep white” and “Particles of a space”
Tomoko Mukai + Ippei Ogura, the performance with projected images and sounds, Sogakudo Concert Hall, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan, 2003

documentation:
photography: Yozo Takada

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Spatial projection “Only white deep white – between darkness and light”
sound design by Ippei Ogura
Trinitatis church, Cologne, Germany, 1997

documentation:
photography: Oliver Schwabe

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