Complete works and behind-the-scenes making of research project “The Shape of Prayer” now available for viewing

WOW magazine 191 - Oct. 25th, 2021

WOW's original research project “The Shape of Prayer” focuses on the culture of prayer in Japan. The themes of “Katashiro”, “Monyo”, “Mountains”, and “Sake”, which have been associated with prayer since ancient times, were selected to create works through research and fieldwork, and the series of processes were recorded on video. The completed videos of all the works, as well as a making-of video of the research and fieldwork, can be viewed on the “The Shape of Prayer” website.

The Shape of Prayer
WOW magazine 182 Research project “The Shape of Prayer” opens to public

We will also be releasing a series of articles about the data collection and production secrets of each work. What did our ancestors see in the unseen and natural phenomena? And how is the rich spirituality of the ancient Japanese, glimpsed through research and fieldwork, connected to contemporary design and passed down to the present day? We hope you will enjoy these articles as well as videos.

▶ Story of Pray 「MONYOU」 「MEGUMI」

Open to the public at the Open Study of the Design Research Building at Miyagi University

In conjunction with the DESIGN STUDY CENTER of Miyagi University, this project has deepened research on a wide range of topics related to prayer together with the university. The video work available on the website is also open to the public at the University of Miyagi Design Building, and includes the wheel of thatch that served as the motif for "UTSUSHI", the real dyeing tools used in the filming of "MONYOU", and an installation of "YAMA no KAKERA". The exhibition will be open to the public for a limited time.

Exhibition of Video Works and Installations
Period: October 30 (Sat.) - 31 (Sun.), 2021, and November 6 (Sat.) - 7 (Sun.), 2021
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Content: Video works of "UTSUSHI" thatch ring, a "MONYOU" dyeing tool, and a "YAMA no KAKERA" installation on display
Location: Open Study, 1F, Design Research Building, University of Miyagi
Address: Miyagi University Yamato Campus, 1-1 Gakuen, Yamato-cho, Kurokawa-gun, Miyagi Prefecture
Admission: Free 
Reservation: Not required

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