Reflections, Tokyo, Japan
Reflections is an experiment that aspires to transform Tokyo station
underground platforms to become a dynamic public place rather than a
thoroughfare. It explores tangible interactive opportunities – with
others or ourselves. It understands the mindless minds while waiting for
the next train. Just waiting for time to pass. It dreams of small
changes to fill the emptiness of thoughts with reflections.
experiment challenges the everyday sameness. It explores new expansions,
new possibilities, new freshness to allow 'moments' to happen naturally.
This architectural intervention is an art installation acting as a
catalyst that binds random people, random minds and random reflections,
drawing random hopes into 'moments' of dreams.
begin with an ensemble of surreal alien installation placed in one of
the most traveled places, Tokyo Station. The ensemble is a functional
installation that appears as supernatural sculptures where travellers
are attracted to pause, reflect and imagine. The magic begins when two
people share the same thought, while travellers experience and react to
the aliens, the everyday sameness is interrupted, allowing people to
connect and interact within such small 'moments'. The experience
transforms an ordinary place into an extraordinary platform for
inspirations, imaginations, observations and communications.
panels will guide travellers through their journeys in finding random
before people made use of the tunnel system, today known as Tokyo Subway
system, underground spaces were inhabited by almost forgotten alien
species. This ancient species was generally divided into two categories,
the ‘observers’ and the ‘inter-actors’.
ephemeral installation at the Tokyo station underground platform, one
can experience the typical behaviours of our species. In this
installation, one can take part as the inter-actor, with open and
communicative nature, gathering around in small groups. Contrarily, by
acting as the observer, one simply observes rather than exhibits any
thoughts. The observer tends to stand near the peripheral next to the
inter-actors. Surreptitiously, the observers engage in documenting the
activities with their fish-eye reflective lenses.”
of the installation, Tokyo Station will undergo various simple measures
to enhance the atmosphere of the platform area. The light arrangements
will be concentrated on the rail track area, replacing the existing dull
light boxes. The back wall will be covered with backlit membrane,
reflecting diffused light back onto the platform area.
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