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Japan 2021Kuma Kengo: Five Purr-fect Points for a New Public Space


Instead of viewing architecture from an omniscient point of view that disconnects architecture to places, in this exhibition we explored ways to make architecture that is gentle with people and the earth by investigating the built environment from very low ground in the perspective of cats.

The exhibition categorizes 68 works of varying sizes and scales into elements of space that cats enjoy: “hole,” “particles,” “oblique,” “softness,” and “time.” New videos featuring artist Mikiya Takimoto, The McGloughlin Brothers, and Koichi Fujii provide further insight into KKAA’s works.

The virtual reality simulation “A Plan for Tokyo, 2020: Five Purr-fect Points for Feline Architecture” re-creates the experience of Kagurazaka city through the perspective of cats, as an antithesis of Kenzo Tange’s “A Plan for Tokyo 1960,” the iconic urban planning proposal that took on an omniscient vision. In this exhibition, we expressed our determination to live in the upcoming era affected by COVID-19 with the soft and kind traits of cats.

The Museum of Art, Kochi:2020/11/03-2021/01/03
Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum:2021/01/22-2021/03/28
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo:2021/06/18-2021/09/26

Team Shin Oba, Kodai Tanokuchi, Kohei Kudo, Hinako Kokuga, Go Terasawa, Sayaka Shimizu*, Tomohiro Matsunaga, Shuntaro Tsuchie, Yoo Shiho, Junlin Chen* Construction Tokyo Studio Illumination Modulex Others Takram Publication Shinkenchiku Jutaku Tokushu 2021/08 , Casa BRUTUS 2021/07 Vol.255 , GA JAPAN 165 Photography ©︎ Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office