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Interrupted Projects / 1996

Tokyo, Japan

Installation @ Gallery MA
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Sited just above the Nogizaka Subway Station and adjacent to Roppongi in Tokyo, Gallery MA is a space devoted to exhibiting architecture and related design. This project was inserted into the third floor of a six floor building. On this level, an external quasi-zen-garden bounded by concrete walls cuts the floors above in half, creating an L shape building mass. A glass membrane divides the interior space from the garden and allows total visual invasion into the inserted project. The space is approximately 6.5 x 11 meters in plan and 2.45 meters in section.
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The design scheme for Gallery MA is developed from the Homolosine Interrupted Projection Mapping System. The origin of the word map comes from "sheet", merely a surface to record territories on. The Homolosine Projection depicts the world in a series of sheared ellipses, thus the green surface inside Gallery MA is an "interrupted projection" as it deploys a flattened and empty global surface to form space. The surface bends and loops to form a 3 dimensionally smooth yet complex geometry capable of merging with the graphically logoized world of visual codes and conventional signs. This is the WORLDSHEET.
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Logos of fictional companies such as OVERCODES or UNIVOCAL are printed on the worldsheet. Each logo has a bar code next to it which triggers information onto a hand-held camera/screen known as a NAVICAM, a device in development by SONY.

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