The Opening

January 22, 2009

A private inauguration occurred on January 16th, the public opening happened on January 17th. Almost 1000 people visited the hibiya-patio the first day as well as the second day.

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The private inauguration was not more than a formal mutual acknowledgement of the exhibition that was about to be opened, but of course with delicious sushi!

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The opening day started as sunny as it could be. The manifestations of fascination and excitement on behave of the audience occurred performance after performance, not only the first day but the second day too. What a wonderful experience!

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The performances driven by Theo, Loek and me continued the second day. Many people I met during those two days, amazing!

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Eating and walking in Hibiya/Ginza

January 22, 2009

Although during the days we spend setting up the beast we had almost no free time, we still had to eat and walk between the hotel and the tent. These are casual pictures I took in the different quotidian situations we experienced.

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A van in Japan can be really small and compact but still a van.

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He spoke very little English and she was very natural as if I were not there taking the picture…

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A mobile coffe shop very cozy indeed…

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This Chinese restaurant was very popular, you could eat really good!

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Many contrasts and differences, some very dramatic, some very subtle but all make this country very exotic and fascinating…

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And thanks to Loek! this illustrates the interaction I had with him…

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Setting up the beasts and meeting the staff

January 22, 2009

During the following four days, we spend mainly all our time in setting up the beasts. There were many more fossils than in Madrid plus the two alive ones we had in Madrid: Animaris Ordis and Animaris Modularius. One of the coziest parts of the exhibition was an intimate reproduction of Theo’s Delft old studio.

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The firsts days while working in the tent it was really cold and it was amazing how the staff were using warming patches. These warming patches were a kind of sticker that once opened and sticked on one of your inner layers of cloth it would make you warm.

 

Once the beasts were almost finished we were introduced to the staff that would be informing the visitors about Theo’s work for the coming months. They were quite curious about many details as well as fascinated, it was an anticipation of the reactions we were about to observe.

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The staff were supplied with a production limited fleece which had Theo’s name stamped on it, this was a signal of how a big event this was going to be.

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Explaining and understanding the working details of Animaris Sabulosa is not at all so easy…

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Theo spend some time explaining the working details and evolution ideas behind each and every one of the fossil beasts.

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Finally some time for autographs…

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Dai-ichi Hotel at Ginza (16th floor)

January 21, 2009

At our arrival to the Dai-ichi Hotel we had about an hour to rest and organize our stuff. Later we enjoyed a splendid chinese dinner with the organizers.

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It is hard to describe the hotel, the room itself and what I could see from my window. I’ll just put some pictures…

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Very impressive indeed…

 

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Driving to Tokyo

January 21, 2009

Once we arrived at Narita airport, some of the Dentsu staff picked us up and brought us to what was to be our Hotel. The raid to Tokyo takes about an hour, these are some of the pictures I took from the running van. The light was awesome but I reacted too late…

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Flying over northen Siberia

January 21, 2009

Normally, a post about a flight wouldn’t be justified. In this case, flying from Schiphol to Narita over northen Siberia while destroying a day in my life at an extraordinary rate with JAL Executive class, I think it worths the post.

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Amazing straight lines which I still don’t know what they are… roads?

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Northen and southern view just about the dawn…

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The views were stunning, you could see small aggregates of lights on a large ice plate, the full moon was on our six, the sun on our twelve… I didn’t slept too much as I didn’t want to miss any impression… the Executive department was almost empty and the stewardesses took amazing care of us.

 

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Meeting Theo again

January 21, 2009

Theo picked me up at Delft CS with his infamous white Volvo. First we went to his old studio which I have to say it’s very beautiful!

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Then we went to the hill (Wind Lab), there I met Subalekha and first connection: she was a collaborator at Interactivos08 NYC.

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I stayed two days at Theo’s home and it was, as the dutch say, erg gezellig.

 

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From Madrid to Vorden (The Nederlands)

January 21, 2009

The first part of this amazing adventure was getting to Holland as Theo, Loek and me would fly together from Amsterdam Schiphol to Tokyo Narita. This would happen on January the 9th but before that I decided to pay a visit to my dutch host family. They picked me up at Schiphol and we headed to Vorden which is the small village where they live. The snow was falling on our arrival, it  was very cold…

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Theo Jansen exhibition in Tokyo

January 21, 2009

The amazing experience with Theo and its Animaris Modularius at MNCARS conveyed me directly to assist Theo at his exhibition in Tokyo. The exhibition has been successful as can be. The experience has been overwhelming… and it still is. Details coming in the next posts. I’ll try to update as if I do write here, I’m not walking on the streets of Tokyo.

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In the way from Linz to Benešov

January 21, 2009

The first sweet adventure was meeting my friends living in Linz, but after I had finished the levelHead setup I took a morning train direct to Benešov, a town near Praha. Other friends of mine live there, I didn’t remember when it was the last time I met Petra… time to see each other, this was the second adventure.

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When I stepped out the train at Benešov station I was the only one that so did, the floor was white of ice as it was freezing cold, I was not in Austria anymore so my cell phone didn’t work and I had no Czech money… Petra was not there! at that point I just hopped that I hadn’t mistaken the place and that Petra would soon come to pick me up.

 

I hadn’t been in the Czech Republic since the early nineties, one of my first impressions this time was that it still looks quite socialist. One surprise! the old socialist “beton palen” were still there, and my old obsession with them was alive as well.

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The last day Petra brought me to Praha and we paid a little visit to this amazing but very touristic city. It was certainly getting very cold.

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