READING BETWEEN THE SHADOWS: MUKAEJIMA FILM ISLAND
The project explores themes of identity, architecture and light through an investigation into the lighting techniques deployed in early Japanese cinema.
The proposal for a new kind of island based Film Museum exhibits three key films, representative of important stages from the development of Shadow Aesthetics in Japanese cinema and culture. Channelling such legends of the ‘Golden Age’ as Tanizaki, Ozu and Mizoguchi, aspects of film become embedded within the architecture.
Through the manipulation of daylight and projected light, derived from the methods employed in the films, the building carries within it traces of Japanese history that are sometimes expressed physically or become intangible, but are perpetually played out in time.