UCLA Department of Architecture & Urban Design is pleased to present 1972, a solo exhibition by artist Noritaka Minami. In this project, Minami investigates the Nakagin Capsule Tower, an experimental building designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa (1934 – 2007) during his participation in the Metabolist movement. When this building in Tokyo opened in March of 1972, it was advertised in the media to signal “the dawn of the capsule age.” At the time, Kurokawa had additional capsule projects planned for various environments and envisioned the mass production of these living modules. Yet, this prototype for a lifestyle in the 21st Century became the last of its kind to be completed. This project examines a space that embodies the future as imagined by Kurokawa in 1972 and its current condition through the medium of photography. Moreover, the artist explores the Nakagin Capsule Tower at a time when its very future is in question due to the threat of demolition. In this project, photography becomes a response to the building’s potential disappearance as a tangible piece of cultural memory from the urban landscape. The photographs engage this singular presence within a city constantly in the process of rebuilding and consider the implications this vision of the future from the past holds for contemporary society.
Noritaka Minami lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He received his BA from University of California, Berkeley (2004) and his MFA from University of California, Irvine (2011). Minami has most recently participated in exhibitions at the Las Cienegas Projects (Los Angeles), the New Wight Gallery (Los Angeles), the University Art Gallery (Irvine), and the Kearny Street Workshop (San Francisco). In 2011, he was the recipient of the Center for Cultural Innovation ARC Grant.