Solaris is a 1972 science fiction film based on Stanisław Lem’s novel of the same name (1961). It’s the third Tarkovsky movie and takes place in the near future. After the discovery of the planet Solaris, an ocean of protoplasmic matter, a scientific space station was built in order to communicate with this creature. Despite the various experiments on this form of intelligent life, no convincing results could be obtained.
Mitsuo Fuchida made the map of the battle report of the Pearl Harbor attack on the way back to Japan. With other pilots of the squadron, and military staff, he draw 60 ships and hand colored them in green, blue and yellow watercolors. The colors and other notes provide the type and size of the ships, and the level of damage (minor, moderate, serious and sunk). The map is 80x61cm and dated December 8, 1941 (Tokyo time) with a red label : 軍極秘 (Top Secret).
Lalibela is a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Bete Giyorgis, like the other 10 churches, was carved out of rock. It is located in a trapezoidal shaft of about 25m by 25m, dug into the pink volcanic tuff of the Lasta plateau. The edifice follows a cruciform plan, known as the Greek cross.
Power lines are without a doubt an inseparable part of the Japanese urban landscape. This visual network inspired the Japanese painter Akira Yamaguchi for his series, Electric Pole.
A very detailed map of Japan, published in Kyoto in 1886. This map presents an incredible amount of detail, illustrated tourist sites, and a lot of informations and charts.
Une femme est une femme is the third Godard movie. It centers on the relationship between Angela (Anna Karina) and Emile (Jean-Claude Brialy). She wants to have a child with him, he doesn’t.
Asia has become the dominant continent in terms of maritime trade. Dominated by China, it has most of the world’s most connected ports. Where the city sprawls on water, concrete and steel create a shifting megalopolis, made up of mega-structures that are out of scale.
James Gray’s film presents an almost mythological quest, similar to Telemachus seeking Ulysses. Far from Itaque, it offers a set of visual atmospheres letting us plunge into the solitude of the infinitely large, into the despair of the infinitely empty.
For its first participation in the Venice Biennale, in 2018, the Vatican offers a clerical oasis as a pavilion. Divided into ten chapels, each one is designed by a renowned architect. Inspired by the chapel in the wood by Gunnar Asplund, built in Stockholm in 1920, they aim to reflect what a chapel means in the 21st century.