In “Reinventing Texture”, curated by Clare Farrow Studio, Toshiki Hirano uses 3D scanning and digital fabrication to transform the ancient and sustainable art of Japanese Washi papermaking and papier-mâché technique into a material for the 21st century. Inspired by the writings of Walter Benjamin and the Japanese experiments in frottage of the 1970s, Hirano became a collector in the streets of Tokyo in 2020, capturing urban textures, objects and sounds in collaboration with MA Interiors at the Royal College of Art and MSCTY Studio. The resulting 8m-long Washi wall relief, illuminated with colour projections and an interactive sound collage, addresses the experiential future of the city in the post-pandemic world, without the danger of touch.
In discussion are Toshiki Hirano, architectural designer and Co-director of the Sekisui House – Kuma Lab at The University of Tokyo; Vicky Richardson, Head of Architecture and Heinz Curator at the Royal Academy and Visiting Lecturer, MA Interiors at the Royal College of Art; Nick Luscombe, BBC 3 radio presenter and founder of MSCTY Studio; Professor Graeme Brooker, Head of Programme, Interior Design, Royal College of Art; and Craig Anczelowitz, Awagami Factory, Japan. With an introduction by main sponsor KP Acoustics, the discussion will be moderated by interdisciplinary curator and writer Clare Farrow.