The future is rural
The future is rural
A film presents projects and activities from rural Japan, including a scene of the Bon rituals conducted by mountain ascetics at the top of sacred Mount Gassan in Yamagata, which welcome ancestral spirits returning back to earth. Elsewhere, find interactive sheep-shaped furniture pieces and more sheep roaming freely from the Japanese pavilion to other pavilions, indicating the open and fluid borders between different countries participating in this Biennale.
In a collaborative project between the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield and artists in Japan, traditional offerings have been made to the God of Makers by families and children. These can be found in a room painted by Japanese artists with non-toxic ink made of foraged coal, an industrial material historically meaningful to the UK audience.
Two 3D Rubbish rabbit mascots made from recycled plastic guard the room to ensure that no-one litters and a Japanese graphic novel, or manga book, tells visitors their story.
This installation encourages our consumer-based world to transition into a maker-based society, where imagination is at the forefront. Seeking to inspire visitors to become potential makers, it asks: Can art break down social, cultural, economic barriers and tackle the isolation and loneliness prevalent in the world we live in?
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Sketch: Ryo Okamoto
Photo: Edmund Sumner
Katsunobu Yoshida + Ayuko Inaba
Tatsuhiro Ara + Natsuko Ara
Eric Parry Architects
The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
The Embassy of Japan in the UK
Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition
Architectural Association School of Architecture
National Coal Mining Museum For England
Shin Egashira, Rubens Azevedo, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Yoshiki Hayashi, Assemble, Tatsuya Tanaka, Momona Otsuka, Kiyoaki Takeda, Hiroyoshi Wada and Waco, Junko Kunihiro, o+h, Yuya Itsuka, Kayoko Okamoto, Takashi Hayatsu, Tsutomu and Hiroko Sato, Hamish Low and Nicola Adamson