The Japan Embassy in Germany saw the wall projection event) held in Paris and requested that the same event be held in 2011 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Germany and Japan. Incidentally, we paid a visit to Berlin, but discovered that since the collapse of the Berlin Wall, there is no wall big enough for the event. We thought that if we were going to this extent of effort, then rather than just presenting a celebratory performance, surely it would be meaningful to use light to issue a powerful message for both countries, particularly for the German capital of Berlin in light of its history.
We therefore proposed to show projections that appeal to peace on the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of East and West divide. As 2011 was the 75th anniversary of the Berlin Olympics, we compiled messages meaning “peace” written in the 48 official public languages of all of the current participants in the Olympics, and combining this with original music created by remixing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony known for theme of “cooperation.” We created image scenarios of traveling the world and omnibus images of ukiyo-e. As one of the highest classes of events throughout the anniversary year, it was much applauded by Berliners and tourists. For us, it was a project with deep emotional attachment as we have an ancestor who competed in the Berlin Olympics.
The electricity used in the event was produced entirely using clean energy. For part of the event, we used solar panels that were generating electricity onsite.
: Executive Committee for Event Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Relationship between Germany and Japan " Light Message for Peace"
Collaboration : Motoko Ishii Lighting Design
Dates : 2011
Production of a commemorative event, complete scenography and light and sound event