Arata Isozaki: MISA SHIN GALLERY.
Also among the works on view was the silk screen Incubation Process/joint Core System, I 962/1990, an iconic image related to Isozaki's Shinjuku Project: City in the An\ 1960. It shows one of his early inventions, the Joint Core System, a multilevel urban terrain where elevated pedestrian decks and motorways interconnect among cylindrical core structures housing the utilities for the office units that extend horizontally from them. In Isozaki's image, the gigantic cylinders are montaged with the photographic cutouts of the decaying columns of the Temple of Hera, exemplifying his idea of the future city as a ruin.
A commanding work with the same title. Incubation Process/Joint Core System, 1962/2011, is the remake of a piece resulting from a performance in which Isozaki presented a stage mounted with a black-and-white aerial photograph of the Shinjuku area so that viewers could pound nails into it or tie colorful wires, interlacing them as if to simulate building units of the Joint Core System in the city; Isozaki then poured plaster over it. The event was reenacted in a 1997 group exhibition held at the Art Tower Mito (also designed by Isozaki); in another performance, in Tokyo in 2010, Isozaki again modified a piece from the 1997 performance. The result (with minor changes added in 20 I I) was on view here, an abstracted landscape covered in white drips and an irregular mass of plaster, as if bombarded with giant snowballs. It visualizes Isozaki's fundamental idea of the city in continuous flux between different states, including ruin itself as a new ground for incubation.
A heart-shaped, wall-mounted red mass, A Model of Ark Nova Mobile Concert Hall, 2011, comes from an upcoming collaborative project with the artist Anish Kapoor; when realized, the inflatable concert hall will host the Lucerne Festival's tour of the Tohoku region as it continues to recover from the 201 1 earthquake. A Metabolism retrospective concurrently held at Tokyo's Mori Art Museum positioned Isozaki as one of l its central figures, despite his not being a member of the group; Isozaki's; embrace of urban decay as an unavoidable phase in his working process expands the scope of the group's metaphor of metabolic circulation.
Arata Isozaki, Incubation Process/Joint Core System, 1962/2011, mixed media, 48 x 95 5/8 x 13%".
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