"These hand-drawn pieces offer meticulous artificial wonderlands"
Anime Architecture is an exhibition and publication project by Les Jardins des Pilotes. In an ongoing exhibition series we trace the architectural world-building process of Japan's most influential animated science fiction films and the visions of their creators.
From location photographs and concept sketches as detailed pencil drawings through to final expressions as cells in full color, Anime Architecture reveals some of the intricacies of the creative processes behind Japan's ultramodern animated films. Currently more than 100 works on exhibit include clips of Patlabor: The Movie, Tezuka Osamu's Metropolis, Ghost in the Shell, and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. Among the beautiful hand-illustrations are works by famous illustrators: Ogura Hiromasa, Watabe Takashi, Oshii Mamoru and Takeuchi Atsushi. All of these artists worked during the peak of the use of hand-drawn techniques in animation; this has become a fading art form as artists today construct most films digitally from conception to completion.
With Anime Architecture Les Jardins des Pilotes is dedicated to preserve and publicise the legacy of these outstanding artists.
After its premiere at the Tchoban Foundation - Museum for Architecture Drawing, Berlin in 2016 the exhibition the exhibition had been touring internationally. Currently we are proud to present Anime Architecture at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens.
Interview with Hiromasa Ogura:"Ghost in the Shell's urban dreamscapes: behind the moody art of the anime classic"– The Guardian
Proto Anime Cut Archive
Anime Architecture builds on the previous project Proto Anime Cut. This catalogue is now out of print. A few copies are still available for enthusiasts at 75,00 €.
Please send us an e-mail to order your copy.
Anime Architecture, Thames & Hudson, 2020
In the fall of 2020 Anime Architecture will be published with Thames & Hudson.
More about this exciting undertaking in the near future.
Stefan Riekeles is the curator and producer of the exhibition Anime Architecture which had its premiere in Berlin at the Tchoban Foundation – Museum for Architecture Drawing in 2016 and travels since then.
Other projects in the realm of Japanese art include his work as the Artistic Director of the Japan Media Arts Festival Dortmund 2011. He also curated the exhibition Proto Anime Cut (2011-2013) which traveled from Berlin to Dortmund, Barcelona, Madrid, Tallinn, and Basel.
Previously, he served as the Programme Director of the International Symposium on Electronic Art 2010 and has curated several exhibitions for the transmediale Festival for art and digital culture in Berlin.
He holds an M.A. in Culture Studies and Audio Communication Science from the Humboldt University and the Technical University in Berlin.
Les Jardins des Pilotes
As a non-profit association Les Jardins des Pilotes is dedicated to the presentation and production of outstanding pieces of art.
The gardens we have in mind are delimited spaces which visitors enter in order to have, and share, a particular experience. We conceive of both the visitors and the artists as ‘pilots’ who pass through these spaces – mobile subjects, frequently dependent on technologies of transportation and of mediation. The best image that we have so far found for our undertaking is that of a flying carpet – the Persian carpet being an old symbol for the Garden of Eden and representing an oasis, an island upon which to rest, a mobile site of contemplation. The flying carpet is a dream, conjured up by nomads who longed to travel fast and safe, and rest at the same time.
Les Jardins des Pilotes was founded in 2008 and is represented by Andreas Broeckmann and Stefan Riekeles.
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