Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan is the first UK exhibition of illustrations for classic sci-fi anime films. Join Stefan Riekeles, curator of the show and founder of Les Jardins des Pilotes, for a personal introduction.
"I started visiting the animation artists in their studios in Tokyo in 2007. First I was impressed by the amount of work that is necessary to produce a few seconds of animated film. Then I was astonished by the quality: we found thousands and thousands of great drawings in cardboard boxes! We were sure that other people would want to see these, too."
Stefan will describe how he discovered this fascinating area of work, and share some of the stories behind the illustrations. The show brings together drawings and paintings by a collection of artists who created film backdrops inspired by emerging megacities in Asia. Their work has had a defining influence on the style of anime we think of as typical today.
"The background illustrations present large parts of the worldview of the film. Some are worked out in great detail yet each one is only visible for a few seconds. It took us quite a while and several late-night meetings in bars to convince Hiromasa Ogura that his works could also belong on the wall of a museum, not only in front of the camera."
Stefan will illustrate his talk with images of the studios that produced some of the most influential productions in the genre’s 1990s heyday, including Production I.G’s phenomenally influential 1995 film Ghost in the Shell.
Your ticket to this talk includes exhibition entry.
Stefan Riekeles is a curator based in Berlin. He has been the Artistic Director of the Japan Media Arts Festival Dortmund 2011, and curated the exhibition Proto Anime Cut. Previously he served as the Programme Director of the International Symposium on Electronic Art 2010 (ISEA2010 RUHR) and curated exhibitions for transmediale festival for art and digital culture Berlin among others. He holds an M.A. in Culture Studies and Audio Communication Science from the Humboldt University and the Technical University in Berlin.