Modernism + Film: Kochuu
August 18, 2016 at 6pm
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art screens the film, Kochuu directed and produced by Jesper Wachtmeister the museum’s Modernism + Film program.
“A small film with big thoughts… a dynamic dialogue in design spanning the past, present and future… Wachtmeister’s film footage of architects describing their design ideas within their realized buildings is a veritable historical document.” – Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.
Kochuu, a documentary based on Modern Japanese architecture, the influence of Japanese traditions, and the impact the combination of the two had on the Nordic building traditions. Translating to “In the Jar,” Kochuu represents the Japanese tradition of constructing small, enclosed physical spaces by creating the impression of a separate universe. This is seen through key components of traditional Japanese architecture; such as reducing the distinction between outdoors and indoors, building with wooden posts and beams rather than with walls, and by applying modular construction techniques. Displaying images of astounding structures, such as the Imperial Katsura Palace, the Todai-Ji Temple and the Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, this film highlights the attempts of contemporary Japanese architectures striving to unite a modern approach with old philosophies.
Prior to the screening, opening remarks will be made by Adam Vosburgh. Adam is studying Japanese and architecture at UNC Charlotte. He has just returned from a year abroad in Tokyo, where he studied Japanese at Sophia University and interned at Junya Ishigami + Associates and Integrated Design Associates. He will complete his degrees at UNC Charlotte in December and will return to Japan to assume a staff position at SANAA (founded by Pritzker Prize winners Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa) next year.
Drinks + Eats
An event reception with a cash-only bar and free light bites begins at 6 p.m. in the Bechtler lobby followed by the presentation and film screening at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
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