Week 50 - 15 July 2022

I first visited Naoshima in 2019, thinking I had to come back at some point. I hadn't thought it'd be so soon. I looked up what I wrote about Naoshima last time - even though the memory is still fresh - knowing it'd make me cringe. Of course, it made me cringe. Maybe the harder an experience is to put into words, the more glowing the words will be, with all the danger that comes with that.

I managed to visit Inujima this time - which I hadn't before, and it shifted my frame of reference for the other two islands (Teshima and Naoshima). Because Inujima is about the past, with a disused copper refinery as the site of a critique of modernisation in Japan, now, to me, Teshima feels like it's about the future and new life. Renewed rice terraces and a womb-like dome.

I found James Turrell's sky space particularly moving this time. Afterwards, I found an out of print James Turrell book about his crater in Kijkduin in the Honmura Lounge Library, which I read cover to cover. Most interesting were the extracts of Marcel Minnaert's 'The Nature of Light & Color in the Open Air' alongside Turrell's notes.

Now I'm in Takamatsu, where there are some great Modernist buildings. I love Kenzo Tange's Kagawa Prefectural Government building. It's so dense with beautiful detail and feels really human in scale. I'm visiting Noguchi's studio in the morning - I mentioned this to the person whose house I'm staying at, and they said they'd never heard of him. Only later did I realise we were sat at a beaten up Noguchi table.

I managed to unblock myself on the website for Hong Kong - and it finally feels like something I'll be proud of. We just reached a total dead end with the previous design - and we were trying to tweak our way out of it. Too many competing elements.

Really enjoying uni work. We are using a method called 'Jumping fish'. It's completely counter to how 'design innovation' is taught in the UK. Rather than broad research, 'jumping fish' focusses on finding just one person whose unusual 'work-around' behaviour points to a pertinent latent need. A friend (on the course) said it feels uncomfortable as so much more is left out of your control in the design process.

Last update: 2022-07-09 10:07