Last summer, the "CONNECT/DISCONNECT | ASAO TOKOLO × noiz" exhibition at LIXIL Gallery (which closed permanently in September 2020) was converted to an online exhibition due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, artist Asao Tokolo and the architectural design studio noiz have teamed up again for an exhibition at INAX Museums in a real space enclosed by clay walls. Like the online show, this one takes its title from Tokolo's theme of "connecting," which he expresses through the creation of kaleidoscopic patterns that represent all manner of relationships. This time, however, the exhibition title reverses the order of the words DISCONNECT and CONNECT to celebrate the revival of connection temporarily severed by the pandemic.
Asao Tokolo is widely known for his design of the emblems for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Using the tiling technique to cover flat surfaces with simple geometric forms that intertwine in a myriad variations and seem to stretch into infinity, he has created a universe of distinctive "Tokolo Patterns."
This exhibition features Tokolo Patterns made of actual tile, a common element of archi-tecture. A leader in the use of computational design to dramatically expand design frontiers, noiz has collaborated with the artist to produce works covered with ceramic tiles based on Tokolo's original patterns and rules. The variegated tile surfaces fill an exhibit space designed by noiz. Amid a dynamic environment of program-generated imagery and sound, these patterns dance and pulse like living organisms. Don't miss a unique opportunity to experience the magic of tiling firsthand, only at INAX Museums in Tokoname.
Organized by INAX MUSEUMS
Directed by Asao Tokolo, noiz
Pattern Design by Asao Tokolo
Space Design by noiz
Visual Programming by Ryo Shiraki
Music by Marihiko Hara
Graphic Design by Ohri Ogi
Tile Production by LIXIL Ceramics Lab
Cooperation by NICHILAY MAGNET CO., LTD.
Asao TOKOLO (artist; president, TOKOLOCOM)
Asao Tokolo was born in Tokyo in 1969, and became interested in architecture as a child. After graduating from university he studied under artist and architect Shin Egashira. Since September 11, 2001 he has focused on the theme of “connecting,” notably in the creation of patterns and other works that span the boundaries between art, architecture and design. Applying simple geometric principles, he designs patterns and logos that are reproducible with a compass and ruler, as well as 3D works based on the same approach. His works include the HARMONIZED CHEQUERED PATTERNS selected as emblems for the Tokyo 2020 Olym-pics and Paralympics; TOWER OF CONNECT, an outdoor sculpture for the Otemachi Park Building in downtown Tokyo; and the PPP TOKOLO PATTERN MAGNET series.
noiz was established in Tokyo as a partnership between Keisuke Toyoda and Jia-Shuan Tsai in 2007. Added Sakai Kosuke as a partner from 2016. Taipei office was set up in 2009 and Warsaw in 2020.
Actively utilize computational methods and work internationally in a wide range of genres such as architectural design, interior and installation. They are actively developing education, research and consulting activities on design, fabrication and system implementa-tion of the latest digital technology.