MA: In-between space in everyday Japan

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Exhibition at the Department of the Built Environment, Eindhoven University of Technology, 15.09.2020 - 09.10.2020

"The concept of ma, or interval, for which we Japanese require no explanation, pervades our lives and our art in general, as well as our feelings, methods and artistic awareness.”, Japanese architect Arata Isozaki wrote. The Japanese word ma, 間 , means interval, or interstice, and can be used for space as well as time. On a study trip to Kyushu in July 2019, four students and a teacher of Eindhoven University of Technology tried to find ma in everyday situations. They took pictures, and the situations in which they thought they recognized the concept, they tried to translate in reductive isometric drawings. The isometric projection serves to suggest an infinite continuous space, without hierarchy. It is also a (hopefully very modest) reference to the projection used in traditional Japanese prints and pictures. This exhibition is a record of this quest for ma.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2020


  • MA
  • interstice


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