"311: Lost Homes" Exhibition
This event has ended.
Every type of design-related activity is focused on the future. But since the terrible scenes of March 11, we have lost sight of what it means to design something, and have refrained from engaging in such discussions.
Since it was established in 1985, TOTO GALLERY・MA has set out to convey the cultural power of architecture to both a Japanese and foreign audience. The things that we have displayed and expressed at the gallery are the actual thoughts of the architects. Moreover, we have consistently attempted to focus on design that appeals to the larger society. However, in the face of the desolate landscape of Sanriku, which was washed away in the tsunami, and the subsequent nuclear accident, which upended the foundations of engineering, we find ourselves at a loss for words.
There is a need to examine the situation as calmly as possible. And using the gallery's past approach, we would like to consider the meaning of architecture and, as a site that serves to explore the potential of architecture, present an exhibition related to the recent earthquake. Relying primarily on the architects and students who have gathered together to form ArchiAid, we have reconstructed several of the towns that were lost and have also created a display called "311 SCALE," which is a visualization of data related to the damage suffered in the event that was collected by the Nippon Design Center.
What can we understand from these displays? An exhibition is for the most part an interpretation of reality and an arbitrary act performed by the presenter. Thus, it only truly functions as a slice of reality, and is little more than a trifling miniature of the real thing. In light of the huge scale of the earthquake, it is impossible to properly convey the event in a single exhibition. Instead, the presenter and viewer must use their architectural eye and mind to fill in the huge gaps with their imagination.
How should we deal with the present set of circumstances? It is our hope that as a venue that works to explore architectural ideas, this exhibition will prove to be useful in answering this question.