Yokohama Triennale 2020 “Afterglow”

2020.07 / Delivered
Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale / Client
Yokohama,Kanagawa / Location
Raqs Media Collective / Artistic Director
 Ariane SPANIER / Graphic Designer

Installation view of Yokohama Triennale 2020
OTSUKA Keit / Photographer
Photo courtesy of Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale


弊社は空間構成とFarming Architectsの日本側の設計として参加しております。





Yokohama Triennale has reached its 20th anniversary of its inception 2001 as an international exhibition of contemporary art in Japan that is held once every three years. The seventh edition of Triennale welcomed Raqs Media Collective, a group of three artists based in New Delhi, India, as its artistic director. It was the first time that foreign exhibition directors were assigned.

We have participated in the project by managing the exhibition’s spatial configuration and developing the plan for Farming Architects––a Vietnamese architecture studio. Starting with the terms “Autodidact,” “Luminosity,” “Friendship,” “Care,” and “Toxicity,” which were proposed by Raqs Media Collective, we developed the design plan. Additionally, the word “Thicket” was utilized as a hint in the development.

The contrast between the buildings of the Yokohama Museum of Art and PLOT 48 was a key challenge. PLOT 48 was originally built as the Anpanman museum, so its interior is rather chaotic. In order to make the massive architectural space of Yokohama Museum of Art coherent with the space in PLOT 48, we proposed that the exhibition space expand together with the works of art and saturate the large single room.

In order to visualize the aforementioned terms, we proposed the combination of a hologram that changes its color depending on where its viewed from and the application of soft translucent material and assembled composite structures in various places within the exhibition space. These structures convert the Yokohama Museum of Art’s dark rooms into luminous spaces and produce a variety of transformative spatial layers.

Even though we had not seen the gradient color that was primarily used in the graphic design for the exhibition at the time when we made our proposal, our proposed materials display significant affinity with the graphic design. Additionally, we witnessed the importance of a collaborative discussion process that facilitated the development of a common visualization among the creative teams.

Since Raqs Media Collective considers this exhibition as a place that encourages the continued development of one’s thoughts, we transformed the space by generating contrasts within both the lighting plan and the space separation. Our discussion with Raqs Media Collective on how the relationship between beauty and chaos maintains the balance of the world led us to seek a design that goes beyond the notion of beauty.

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