This is a video of a conversation on windows and stories between architect Hiroshi Hara and contemporary artist Leandro Erlich.
Filmed on April 12, 2017 ［Approx. 15 minutes］
Filmed at Hiroshi Hara + AtelierΦ
Moderator : Taro Igarashi
Born 1936 in Kanagawa, Japan. Graduated from the Department of Architecture at the University of Tokyo in 1959. Completed the doctoral program at the university in 1964. Doctor of Engineering. Associate professor of architecture at Toyo University from 1964. Associate professor at the Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo from 1969. Professor from 1982. Named a professor emeritus upon retiring in 1997. Conducted design work in partnership with Atelier Φ from 1970 to 1998. Renamed the firm Hiroshi Hara + Atelier Φ in 1999. Named a profesor ad honorem at the University of the Republic in Uruguay in 2001.
Creates work that makes viewers question their senses. Explores how people perceive phenomena, interact with space, and grasp reality. Even while critically addressing the problem of sense and perception, his work presents itself not with the seriousness of scientific experimentation but with the humor and wit of trompe l’œil. The work eases the relationships between observers and creates a space for shared experience. His permanent installations, such as Swimming Pool (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa) and Tunnel (Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art), and his works with mirrors are particularly popular for their ability to draw in observers. Has increasingly been participating in exhibitions in Asia, including Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea.