researchlight

Something Here

researchlight, Something Here, 2017. Photo by Takuya Matsumi

An alternative form of sightseeing that reveals a whole new Kyoto landscape

The experimental spaces devised by the team of designers and architects who make up researchlight form an indispensable part of the Kyoto Experiment landscape. At the spring and autumn festivals last year, researchlight created an installation in ROHM Square, the courtyard at ROHM Theatre Kyoto bordering Okazaki Park, that reconfigured various elements of urban infrastructure and architectural remnants into a whole new kind of spatial experience for audiences.

For Kyoto Experiment 2017, researchlight will turn to aspects of the city landscape that are not adequately covered by maps. Kyoto attracts many tourists, who tend to move around the city using a variety of maps. However, people are rarely aware of the things that are not mentioned on these maps and tend to pass these by without noticing. This is an attempt to create and install signs drawing attention to such places.

The project involves UMA/design farm, the design team responsible for the festival’s art direction, and dot architects. Visualizing a whole new Kyoto landscape, Something Here will offer a quietly unsettling experience of the city.

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YEAR
2017
DATES
10.14(Sat)-11.5(Sun)
VENUE
Locations around Kyoto
CITY
Osaka, Japan
CATEGORY

dot architects

Formed by Toshikatsu Ienari and Takeshi Shakushiro, dot architects is based at Coop Kitakagaya, an interdisciplinary collective in Osaka that brings together people from the fields of art, alternative media, archiving, architectural, regional research, clubs, and nonprofits. The collaborative practice of dot architects involves both specialists and nonspecialists in design and construction. In addition to design, it also works in research and art projects as well as on-site construction. Its current members are: Toshikatsu Ienari, Takeshi Shakushiro, Wataru Doi, Hidefumi Terada, Keiko Miyachi, and Ai Ikeda.

UMA/design farm

Founded in 2007 by Yuma Harada and based in Osaka, UMA/design farm creates cultural, community and welfare projects that aspire to create new experiences and visualize ideas through graphic design, spaces, exhibitions, and project planning. With a focus on collaborative thinking and creativity, its design practice is based on repeated dialogue and experimentation. Its current members are: Yuma Harada, Keisuke Yamazoe, Ryosuke Nishino, Yuka Tsuda, and Kanae Hirakawa.

Concept, production and exhibitionUMA / design farm + dot architects
In co-operation with*design (ULTRA FACTORY, Kyoto University of Art & Design)
PresentedKyoto Experiment