Pierre Jean Giloux 

Machinami, Japanese Urban Landscape

4 Films installation and Book presentation of Invisible Cities

Exhibition 02.01.2019 -17.02.2019

                 18.02.2019 - 28.03.2019 on appointment only

Invisible Cities is a tetralogy inspired by the Japanese utopian architectural movement of Metabolism (1960-70). This cycle of films by Pierre Jean Giloux questions the notion of urban landscape (machinami) and brings together several portraits of Japanese cities—Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto. It is close to what is called “augmented reality” as it superimposes images of social and urban reality, filmed and photographed, to synthetic images to produce hybridizations that are associated with sound compositions. Presenting Japan through hybrid plastic forms is using the technological tools that constitute it, with the aim of better rendering it. These eclectic cities, laboratories where architecture and urbanism are in perpetual evolution, induce a dialogue between reality and fiction. Backwards from Tokyo to the ancient capitals of the Edo era, these wanderings, like the michiyuki-bun, take us through many landscapes and plunge us into the very heart of the history of this country.

The cycle Invisible Cities terminates with the film Stations, a real and fictional journey in urban and natural landscapes of the Osaka region: the Kansai. The film explores the utopia of the Metabolist movement in a virtual reconstruction of the 1970 Osaka World Exposition. It invites us to take a memorial journey into the historical sites of Nara and Kyoto, towards the doors of the Biwako Machi, a smart city created by the artist on the Biwa Lake, following the guidelines of the Kyoto Protocol. 

Artist website: pierrejeangiloux.com
Producer website: solang.fr


© ADAGP – Pierre Jean Giloux - Metabolism # Invisible Cities # part 1, 2015-2017 (videostill) - Courtesy the artist and Solang Production.

Pierre Jean Giloux

Invisible Cities, 2015-2017 

Films Tetralogy

4 Full HD Videos, color, format 16/9. 

Stereo Soundtracks by Pierre Jean Giloux with Lionel Marchetti.

Edition of 4 + 2AP 


Metabolism # part 1 - Japan Principle # part 2 - Shrinking Cities # part 3 - Stations # part 4


Films produced by Solang Production Paris Brussels, in coproduction with S.O.I.L., Brussels, with support by Centre National du Cinéma CNC-Dicréam, Centre national des arts plastiques CNAP, Le Carré Centre d’art contemporain, Château Gontier (FR), Federation Wallonia-Brussels FWB, Vlams Audiovisueel Fonds VAF (BE), Collection Pierre Darier, Cologny (CH), and partnership of Ecole nationale supérieure d'architecture ENSA, Nantes (FR), Koganecho Bazaar, Yokohama, Institut français in Japan, and Villa Kujoyama, Kyoto (JP).

Artist website: pierrejeangiloux.com
Producer website: solang.fr