Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan in the press

With #animearchitecture closing soon (Sunday 10 September) we’re revisiting some of what the papers have said…


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“Wandering through the rooms of Anime Architecture is a reminder of how quickly visions of the future can become old, spooky and elegiac. And there is poignancy to these images: the artists represented here come from the last generation of Japanese animators who still believed in drawing by hand.” - Financial Times. Read more.

"Anime Architecture: Backgrounds of Japan spotlights the designs for future worlds that quickly became an integral part of anime culture – and influenced filmmaking way beyond its canon of animated classics. Next time you’re watching one, look around the characters and enjoy the world they inhabit." - Creative Review. Read more.

"Anime Architecture pays tribute to the artists and designers behind some of the best-loved anime films, including Ghost in the Shell. These creative teams were responsible for creating entire fictional worlds, combining familiar landscapes with fantasy elements. These scenes, often produced from hand drawings and watercolour illustrations, became defining factors for the visual mood of each film." - Dezeen. Read more.

"The pictures are fascinating not just for their insight into the creative minds that imagine alternative universes, but for their reflections on what the future might look like. Given that they document anime films from the last 25 years, the exhibition is also able to chart the evolution of the genre." - Evening Standard. Read more.

“The idea was to evoke a feeling of submerging into the deep levels of the city, where a flood of information overflows the human senses and a lot of noise surrounds the people. The artists were looking for an expression of a crowded space. They found a blueprint for such a place in Hong Kong, which is exotic enough for a Japanese audience to evoke a feeling of alienation and strangeness but familiar enough to relate their daily life to”  – It’s Nice That quoting curator Stephan Riekeles. Read more.

"Ogura’s paintings for the original Ghost in the Shell film were based on the cyberpunk manga series by Masamune Shirow, which was first serialised in 1989. As well as becoming a classic in its own right, the film garnered praised for informing other pioneering sci-fi works such as The Matrix and Avatar." - Wired. Read more.

Alex looks at the connections between art and film, on display in current Summer Exhibitions, and talks to Patrick Gyger and Stefan Riekeles, the curators of 'Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction' at The Barbican and 'Anime Architecture' at House of Illustration, respectively. - Resonance FM. Listen to the podcast.

"A great taster for the anime genre – and, armed with the knowledge of how these evocative backgrounds were created, left me wanting to track down the lms to watch in their entirety." - RIBA Journal. Read more

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