Landscape – at OPEN HAUS Exhibition


Landscapes that used to be viewed contemplatively and thoughtlessly have now become a moment that lasts less than a second.

Materials: willow charcoals and pastels on wooden boards

Direction/Animation: Noriko Ishibe
Music/Sound design: Ally Mobbs


The inspiration for this production came from the films of Yasujiro Ozu. I am always particularly drawn to the few seconds of landscape cut between scenes. In those few seconds of empty and beautiful time, I feel a sense of wabi-sabi moment and the flow of the story is set in place.

 I focused on stretching out the time we spend in a daze, which is much shorter nowadays than it used to be, and recognising the “necessary void time” for a flesh-and-blood human being.

During the production period, I worked on it as a small meditation room for myself, and exhibit the room almost as it was with sound arrangements. So I tried for the audience could enjoy a similar atmosphere of meditation throughout the film.

As for the sound, we arranged slow and dreamy ambient music to create a meditative space, with rhythmic sounds depicted in charcoal and chalk as sound effects.

Behind the production and exhibition

Exhibition dates: 23rd – 29th February 2020
Venue: KYOTO HAUS (closed now)