tato architects/yo shimada: meeting at kobe biennale
tato architects/yo shimada: meeting at kobe biennale tato architects/yo shimada: meeting at kobe biennale
nov 02, 2011

tato architects/yo shimada: meeting at kobe biennale

all photographs courtesy of tato architects and yousuke takeda

‘meeting’ was conceived by japanese architect yo shimada of tato architects and designed by ichiro hashimoto of s3 associates for the kobe biennale. the work is comprised of a curtain, formed from optically processed film of 35mm hung from an oval ring; a white-painted rectangular perimeter enclosing the curtain; and mirrors angled at 45° for each of the four corners towards the oval curtain. the viewer enters the space through an opening in the piece, continuing around the oval corridor. their movement sways the curtain and the viewer’s reflection flickers across the film and mirrors in their quest through the seemingly endless passageway.


left: wide view of the installation right: side view of the piece and corner mirrors

detailed view of the curtain

lower view of the film curtain and container walls 

detailed views of the work’s angled mirrors and the effect of their reflection on the comprehension of the piece

detailed view of the film curtain

shimada’s conceptual drawings for the exhibit

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    art news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    501,538 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample