In a nutshell
This exhibition is built around an original song by Keigo Oyamada, or Cornelius. Describing music as a type of architecture, the song is interpreted in nine different ways through video. Gallery 1 includes video of the song lyrics, the music represented in graphic form, and basically a music video of the musicians. The much larger Gallery 2 has a very large video screen that shows eight different videos by eight different artists or artist groups. You will hear the same song, a pleasant, jazzy, Steely Dan-type song, on repeat the entire time.
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando in the Midtown Park. It’s a small museum but the main exhibition room is quite large and can display all types of design and art exhibits.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
All of the available information is in English. The handout has the feel of a CD’s liner notes.
Photographs and short videos (10 seconds or less) are allowed.
Viewers can sit and take in the sights and sounds or stand on the platform with the video running on the floor and the wall and become immersed in the video. A great opportunity to take fun photos and videos.
Anyone who would like being immersed in music and video. Sitting through the same song nine or ten times was a satisfying, zen-like experience. A great way to spend time out of the Tokyo heat and humidity.
How far out?
A five minute walk from the Roppongi or Nogizaka metro stations.
How much time?
About an hour.
How much money?
¥1,100 for general admission
October 14, 2018.
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
See it if you have some free time. Make a special trip if you’d like a cool selfie.