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Cover

AXIS Vol.162

2013 March - April
Cover Photographer: Yoshiaki Tsutsui
Feature
Feature

Freedom of conception as seen in theatrical space

Recently, there's been an increase in the number of cases where designers and architects participate in the construction of theatrical spaces. In contrast with an approach that first has a production concept and then creates a space to match, we are seeing many examples where the production concept itself is changed through free and imaginative ideas not constrained by existing frameworks such as a given theater. How do creators involved in theater see theatrical space? This must certainly be a big hint for people in other fields who are participating in creating things.

Cover Interview
Cover Interview

Yasuhiro Suzuki

The kendama (Japanese children's toy "dagger and ball”) that Yasuhiro Suzuki held in his hand during the shoot for the cover photo is Apple Kendama that he designed in 2003. While showing us various kendama tricks, he told us that "it's not fun for the audience unless you make mistakes." Suzuki, who is familiar to our readers for his series Blinking Memory, talked with me about art, design, and the methods and concepts he employs in creating his artwork.

Feature 2
Feature 2

The past and future of YCAM

A team specializing in promoting media education has been established at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) since 2003. The team offers various stimulating programs including workshops and experience-based exhibitions.

Topics
Topics

New UX Design promoted by SONY

The world of digital information devices is about to shift dynamically from an age of enclosure by OS and hardware to an age of differentiation centered around content and user experience (UX). Eying this transitional period, SONY has launched a bold yet subtle UX design reformation.

Opinion
Opinion

Ryuichi Sakamoto

In addition to his musical activities, Ryuichi Sakamoto serves as the art director for many arts festivals in regional towns and cities throughout Japan, and is involved in the more trees organization. How is his diverse activity linked with his creative work? What is Sakamoto's core concern in the work he's done since the 1970s that has utilized cutting-edge technology? How should art and design be involved in a world that's facing a period of great change? I talked with Sakamoto about these and other matters.