An unprecedentedly close look at the practice of Atelier Bow-Wow
Atelier Bow-Wow: Micro Public Space will explore various approaches to public spaces – including the art museum – via a combination of numerous “micro-public-space” works actually able to be experienced at the museum, and case studies of Atelier Bow-Wow works observed/implemented in public spaces.
Who are Atelier Bow-Wow?
An architect unit launched in 1992 by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (b. 1965) and Momoyo Kaijima (b. 1969), Atelier Bow-Wow's interests range widely from housing to urban spaces, their activities equally diverse, spanning research to design, community development, and art exhibitions. The pair have also authored several books including Made in Tokyo, Echo of Space/Space of Echo, and Behaviorology, and taken part in many major international exhibitions including the 2010 Venice Biennale.
What is “micro public space”?
To date, Atelier Bow-Wow have presented, in exhibition settings, numerous installations featuring small structures, furniture and so on. Basing these works on the history, culture and environment of different regions, and studies on how people behave there, they have dubbed them “micro public spaces.”
Each installation possesses a unique function and form, such as the gleaming white outdoor food stall 10 meters in length known as the White Limousine Yatai, and Manga Pod, a bookcase for manga magazines that snugly envelops the reader. More than just small buildings, these works are devices supporting the interaction and activities of all sorts of people, and while compact in size, create places open to a diverse audience.
In addition to a selection of Atelier Bow-Wow's leading works to date, this exhibition will feature a new piece created specifically for Hiroshima.