September 8, 2013

Noritaka Minami. 1972, 2011. 

Facade 1, 2011. Archival pigment print, 43 x 54”.

B1004 (Window), 2012. Archival pigment print, 30 x 38”.

B1004 (Wall), 2012. Archival pigment print, 30 x 38”.

A1203, 2012. Archival pigment print, 30 x 38”.

A504, 2012. Archival pigment print, 30 x 38”.

A706 (Window), 2012. Archival pigment print, 30 x 38”.

B702, 2012. Archival pigment print, 30 x 38”.

B807, 2012. Archival pigment print, 30 x 38”.

In the city of Tokyo, a building stands as an anachronism in relation to the surrounding landscape. The building in question is the Nakagin Capsule Tower designed by Kisho Kurokawa (1934 – 2007), one of the leading members of an experimental architectural movement in the 1960s called Metabolism. This prototype for life in the 21st Century ultimately proved to be an exception rather than the rule, as the first capsule tower became the last completed in the world. Today, the building faces the threat of demolition to make way for a conventional apartment complex. This photographic series captures the building as it faces an uncertain fate. Noritaka Minami’s work ’1972′ is a ongoing project and a response to the building’s potential disappearance as a tangible piece of cultural memory in Tokyo. The camera engages this singular presence within a city and explores the implications this vision of the future from the past holds for contemporary society.

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