"Tokyo Workshop - Machine Parts and Tools" Exhibition
This event has ended.
In June of 2007, a backstreet workshop in Tokyo that had continued making the same products for over 50 years, closed down. The workers had all left the small factory, and the tools and machines inside were now unused. While the form of these mechanical parts is very beautiful, without the help of skilled workmen, they are useless, and are left in the ruins of the factory frozen in time. In recent years, younger generations have been interested in 20th-century industrial ruins. If many people see and enjoy the beauty of these forms, what was once regarded as waste can be viewed as art.
This exhibition features machine parts and tools from an actual abandoned factory, presented as art. Some carefully selected pieces from the factory will also be on sale.
In recent years, young people have been interested in modern "ruins," such as abandoned factories and decaying buildings, and there have been photo books and blogs featuring unoccupied and dilapidated buildings, and guidebooks describing how to find abandoned buildings are now sold in many bookstores. Related to this phenomenon is an interest in factories. In March of this year, a book entitled "Factory Infatuation" was published and featured in the mass media. Perhaps young people can not see a bright future, and as the "best by" date on commodities in our modern world gets increasingly shorter, people have developed an aesthetic interest in things that have gained a unique beauty by becoming rusted.
From 2007-10-12 To 2007-10-22