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Cover

AXIS vol.198

April 2019
Cover Designer:
Tatsuharu Yamazaki (AXIS Inc.)
Feature
Feature

The Future of the Railway

With a rail network laid out like a mesh throughout the nation, Japan is one of the few major railway nations. Relying heavily on rail transportation, there is no other country where life and the railway are so closely connected than Japan. As the movement of people and things has become much more frequent, the railway will continue to have a close relationship with our lives and society. In addition to promoting our interest in transportation and traveling, what kinds of possibilities other than just "riding" are expanding as the result of diverse train-car designs and the pleasure of riding trains? We focus on designs related to the Japanese railway that is fun to observe, learn about, and experience.

Feature
Feature

Railway design according to Eiji Mitooka

Over approximately 30 years, Designer Eiji Mitooka has designed numerous wellknown railway cars, with work for JR Kyushu at the top of the list. We asked Mr. Mitooka, who strives to create the design of a powerful experience during rail travel, about the charm of railway design and how he tackles it.

Leaders
Leaders

Jean-Paul Goude [Artist & illustrator]

In 1990, Chanel released a fragrance series for men based on a concept that seemed to challenge taboos. The person in charge of the video commercial was Jean-Paul Goude who was attracting attention at the time for handling production work in the previous year for the bicentennial memorial ceremony of the French revolution. The sensational video in which women open the windows of their residences and shout "Égoïste!" had a tremendous impact. For Goude, Chanel is a "girlfriend." He not only creates images but also vividly spins out words.

Insight
Insight

When a method becomes a movie. Movie production by c-project

c-project was launched by Masahiko Sato, who has constantly pursued new visual expressions, with graduate students in their fifth year at Masahiko Sato Lab at the Tokyo University of the Arts. It has already produced three works, HAPPO-EN, Father Returns, and Duality, and has been officially nominated twice for the Short Film Competition at Festival de Cannes. We closed in on their film production that is a little different from the norm, and whose value was quickly discovered by Cannes.

Insight
Insight

Forensic Architecture—Pursuing truth through architecture

Forensic Architecture, that was nominated for the 2018 Turner Prize, is a research agency focusing on the theme of human rights based in Goldsmiths, University of London. It comprises approximately 15 members including architects, artists, visual creators, journalists, software engineers, and lawyers. Goldsmiths has turned out such renowned artists as Damien Hirst and Steve McQueen in the 2000s, but their activities are complete opposites. Forensic Architecture rejects the self-expressionist approach and instead uncovers the truth through architectural models and images.