Publication: Invisible Cities - Machinami - Japanese urban landscape
by Pierre Jean Giloux, published by Zéro2 éditions, Nantes, with Solang Production, Paris, 2018
DATE: 9/9/2018
Pierre-Jean Giloux´s first monograph, the publication extends the eponymous video tetralogy inspired by the Japanese utopian architectural movement: Metabolism (1960-70).
The films of the Invisible Cities cycle are portraits of Japanese cities, superimposing filmed and photographed images of everyday, social and urban reality, with virtual images.
The book explores the links that connect four Japanese cities with a rich architectural past (Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kyoto). This journey through Japan´s Megapolis traces the history of Japan and ends with the reconstruction of pavilions for the Osaka 70 Universal Exhibition and a virtual proposal for a smart city on the waters of Lake Biwa.
The metabolist utopia to which reference is constantly made in the work of Pierre Jean Giloux played a decisive role in the constitution of post-war Japanese cultural identity and had a notable influence on many contemporary architects.

Invisible Cities contains a good number of images, photographs or archives on the project, and gathers an interview with the artist, reflexive, critical and philosophical texts by authors, researchers and architects Elie During, Ingrid Luquet-Gad, Pierre Musso, Vincent Romany and Manuel Tardits.
Elie During, Ph.D. in Philosophy, teaches at Paris Nanterre, at the Paris School of Fine Arts and at the European Graduate School.
Ingrid Luquet-Gad, art critic, member of the AICA, in charge of the plastic arts section at the Inrocks. She conducted a unique interview with the artist.
Pierre Musso, Professor Emeritus of Information and Communication Sciences at Rennes 2 University and Telecom Paris Tech.
Vincent Romagny, art historian and exhibition curator, teaching at the Ensba in Lyon, Laureate and resident at Villa Kujoyama, Kyoto, at the same time as the artist.
Manuel Tardits, architect at the Mikan agency in Yokohama, professor at Meiji University in Tokyo. He collaborated on the development of the smart city architectures with the artist.

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