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Artist duo Paramodel immerses the viewer in a parallel reality, in this dreamlike, utopian creation styled as a ‘prototype of Paradise’: a new, universal, timeless architectural work on show at the Forum, Tokyo.
Paramodel is a Japanese artists’ collective founded in 2001 by Yasuhiko Hayashi and Yusuke Nakano, both graduates of Kyoto City University of Arts (where Nakano specialised in traditional Japanese nihonga painting). ‘Paramodel’ comes from the fusion of two concepts – ‘paradise’ and ‘model’ – shaping each of their works. Animation, painting, installation and photography are used to create immersive interventions in space.
The Forum exhibition presents the Para-City, a childlike, utopian vision drawing on manga imagery with a Futurist slant, inspired by the work of the German Expressionist architect and planner Bruno Taut (1880-1938). Bewitching spectres, crystalline structures, ghostly children and chimerae people a series of drawings and paintings unfolding in space, in a tubular, jungle-like setting.
Created especially for the Forum, the project offers a fresh take on the collective’s central theme of the ‘paradisial diorama,’ a utopian, poetic concept that federates its members’ individual expressive languages, offering a shared forum for artistic expression, and the forging of Edenic protoypes.