Tokyo Perspective

2017/12/15 おかげさまで50部完売いたしました。

東京の写真ギャラリーReminders Photography Strongholdで開催されたワークショップ PHOTOBOOK AS OBJECT に参加して制作していたアーティストブックの販売を開始しました。
PHOTOBOOK AS OBJECTワークショプでは、本以上の存在感がある作品、内容が触知でき、理解を更に深める事を可能にする本作りを目指し、期間中に最初のダミーができてから終了後も本の中で何が出来るのか問い続けながらダミーを作り続けることによって、最も自分が作りたかった本に近づけていきます。最終的に完成した本書は、印刷から製本まで全ての工程が作家自身の手で制作されるアーティストブックになります。


Tokyo Perspective

イタリアの建築家 アルド・ロッシは、代表的な著書「都市の建築」において、都市における「場」と建築の関係について以下のように述べている。

これら(「場」)の輪郭が描き出す個別性は、モニュメントや都市、構築物のそれであり、従って個別性の観念とその境界線、つまりその個別性の始まりと終わりである。それが描き出すのは建築と場所との関係であり、芸術の場である。従ってまた、それは特異な人工的創成物としての場所の観念及びその正確な様相そのものであり、それを決定づけているのは空間であり時間であり、その地理的規模であり形態であり、その場所の歴史の新旧であり、その記憶である。(都市の建築/アルド・ロッシ著、大島哲蔵・福田晴虔=訳/大龍堂書店(1966) P166)


「Tokyo Perspective」
◎134 ページ
◎サイズ:高さ410mm x 横幅290mm x 厚み10mm
◎11,000円 (送料別途500円)

Kazuya Urakawa’s artistbook “Tokyo Perspective” now available! – 浦川和也アーティストブック「TOKYO PERSPECTIVE」 from REMINDERS PHOTOGRAPHY STRONGHOLD on Vimeo.

Tokyo Perspective

Looking at cityscapes in Tokyo, I often feel as if the city has fallen into a state of amnesia. This feeling is awoken by the scrap-and-build approach that Tokyo has repeated more frequently than any other city in the world, whether due to man-made factors or otherwise. In particular, the twin catastrophes of the Great Kanto Earthquake (1923) and the Great Tokyo Air Raid (1945) and the subsequent reconstructions thereafter are two of the chief causes.

However, scrap-and-build has been accelerated by economic motives in pursuit of rationality and efficiency since the 1980s, when Japan enjoyed the bubble economy, we commonly see the buildings demolished as young as 50 years old. In contrast, facing a vacant lot after a building was demolished, we cannot remember the building that used to stand there. This indicates not only that buildings truly fall into oblivion after their demolition but also that we don’t take note of them in the city in a meaningful way. Although architecture is generally regarded as an art, I feel that people may not think so in Japan.

Italian architect Aldo Rossi talks about the relation between locus and architecture in the city in his evocative book “Architecture of the city”.

These [locus] outlines delineate the singularity of monuments, of the city, and of buildings, and thus the concept of singularity itself and its limits, where it begins and ends. They trace the relation of architecture to its location ― the place of art ― and thereby its connections to, and the precise articulation of, the locus itself as a singular artifact determined by its space and time, by its topographical dimensions and its form, by its being the seat of succession of ancient and recent events, by its memory. (Aldo Rossi, Architecture of the City, The MIT Press, 1984, P107)

The relation between scrap-and-build and the memory-loss for the city is comparable to two sides of the same coin, and the excessively frequent scrap-and-build approach overtakes the accumulation of memory. I suppose that the memory-lost city can never retrieve those lost memories and will therefore lose singularity ― lose itself.

Tokyo Perspective
134 pages. Text in English
24 collages + 44 photographs + 13 archival images
Size : 410mm x 290mm x 10mm
50 editions only
Photo / Collages / Text : Kazuya Urakawa
11,000 JPY (plus shipping fee)
Concept, edit and art-direction developed in the 2016 Photobook as Object workshop by Yumi Goto and Jan Rosseel in collaboration with Reminders Photography Stronghold.

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