tokyo reflections by cheungvogl
tokyo reflections by cheungvogl
oct 10, 2009

tokyo reflections by cheungvogl

an individual perched on an inter-actor looking up at an observer

the story goes that before the tokyo subway system was used as a tunnel system, the underground spaces were inhabited by almost forgotten alien species. this ancient species was divided into two groups: the observers and the inter-actors.

tokyo reflections is a temporary interactive installation by cheungvogl for the JR platform in tokyo station, japan where the public is able to experience the typical behaviors of this nearly forgotten species. one can participate as an ‘inter-actor’ in an open communicative way, encouraging gatherings in small groups. on the other hand, you can take the place of the observers which just stand around the inter-actors, but documenting more than participating in the activity viewing everything from the underside of their eyes. it is believed that these species failed to reproduce as it mixed its genetic code with the human species and observing genes became too dominant. the theory is still awaiting scientific proof.

alongside the installation, white light arrangements will be concentrated on the rail track area, replacing the current dull light boxes. the backwall will be covered by a translucent membrane, reflecting diffused light onto the platform area.

tokyo reflections by cheungvogl

tokyo reflections by cheungvogl observers and inter-actors occupying tokyo station

tokyo reflections by cheungvogl the observers emerge out of the ground watching…while the inter-actors allow people to sit and socialize

tokyo reflections by cheungvogl

tokyo reflections by cheungvogl a rendering of the tokyo platform with observers and inter-actors

tokyo reflections by cheungvogl membrane backlit / direct light / diffuse light / observers / inter-actors

  • tokyo experienced more destructions, alien invasions, future scenarios in movies, anime, manga, novels, etc than any other city in the world – this installation not only offers an amazing element of dreamscape, beauty and surprise into daily life, it also finds the language to transport its idea, as if we are learning from the future we saw in an anime movie, which represented our fears from history (hiroshima, ww2)… a great example how design can not only stimulate our eye, but also our thoughts!
    excellent concept!

    guy j
  • I can’t wait to see the installation ! Tokyo station is the perfect place for this experiment, such beautiful project.

  • this is the coolest concept! love the story!

  • WTF?!


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