Isozaki’s electric labyrinth in Turin

Destroyed by the fury of the student movement in May 1968, together with the whole of the XIV Triennale in Milan, the “Electronic Labyrinth” has never been shown to the public. Twenty five years later, the installation has been reconstructed and will be be presented for the first time in Italy within an exhibition curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, at Castello di Rivoli.

Giant video projections of the bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki introduce the heart of the exhibition: a huge allumiuium maze. On this, 12 curved panels, which move rotating on themselves when a visitor passes throught the sensors, present screenprints of drawings from ancient Japan, as well as cartoons and photographs.

“I was given a certain space in which to create an environment and I asked for collaboration from and number of artists and friends”, recalls the Japanese architect, “One of them was Koe Siyura, one of the most important Japanese graphic designers. Another was a photographer, Shomei Tomatzu. I also invited a composer, Toshi Ichiyanagi and asked him to create a kind of sound installation”.

The theme behind the installation? The tragedy of war and the crisis of society: from the ruins in Hiroshima to the megastructures which then became. Up until the fall of the city of the future.

until 24.8.2003
Arata Isozaki. Electric Labyrinth
Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli
piazza Mafalda di Savoia, Rivoli (Turin)
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