Video Art Program[The 51st Program] Pierre-Jean Giloux


Invisible Cities #Part1 #Metabolism, 2015, HD video, color, sound, 11 min.

Formed in 1960, the Metabolism Group derived its name from a biological term, and held that architectural structures and cities should be organically designed in a manner analogous to the way living things grow and go through changes. Based on this philosophy, they advanced many innovative architectural designs and urban planning proposals.

Invisible Cities #1: Metabolism is an homage to this groundbreaking architectural movement. It utilizes 3D computer graphics technology to manifest the megastructures that the Metabolists conceived but never succeeded in realizing, portraying a Tokyo in which and reality and fiction intricately intersect. What is it that remains “invisible” to us? If it is the element of vision in urban planning, then the forward-looking ideas of the Metabolists, in which the organic cycle of growth, decay, and regeneration serves as the key to realization of sustainable cities, may still be valid to this day.

The project Invisible cities by Pierre-Jean Giloux was developed during his residency at Villa Kujoyama.Villa Kujoyama is a branch of Institut français du Japon and benefits from the support of the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller and the Institut français.

Pierre-Jean Giloux:
Pierre-Jean Giloux was born in 1965 in Mâcon, France. He earned a BA in Fine arts school of Lyon and an MA from the Marseille luminy art school. He has participated in many exhibitions including Artists et Architecture at the Emily Harvey Foundation (New York, USA) and Parallel World or: How I learned to love the world at the Kyoto Art Center (Kyoto) in 2016. Solo exhibition Invisible Cities was held at the Le Carré (Château-Gontier, France) in 2016.

Due to some exhibition-related programs, the screening may be temporarily unavailable during the following days: June 4 and June 12

Artist Talk

Date: Sunday June 5, 14:00–16:00
Venue: Museum Studio
*in French/Japanese
*Admission free
*No reservation required
*With the support of : French Embassy/Institut français du Japon
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