A story about Itami Jun‘ time and space, a Korean-Japanese architect who had pursued the harmony between architectural space and nature for people
“Hello, I’m Itami Jun.” An old architect introduces himself to a class of students in murmuring Korean. The architect’s lifetime achievements had been recognized by numerous prestigious awards including French Arts Medal, Japan’s most prestigious architecture award, Murano Togo Award. He was the first generation Korean architect who gained an international acclaim under his own brand. He did not get recognition from neither the Korean nor the Japanese architecture world until in his 50’s. Throughout his life, he lived as a ‘stranger’ who was never fully integrated into the Japanese nor the Korean society. The young foreign student who graduated from a small university in Tokyo found his first job in the field after much difficulties. He then, travelled around the world developing perspective in architecture. At the same time, he studied traditional art of Korea. The soft and curvaceous lines of the traditional white pottery can be found in the roof design of Podo Hotel. Through the water, wind and stone museum, the viewers experience the space that is an art in itself, that transforms with the changing seasons. The people who personally knew and worked with Itami give their accounts of the architect in the space he created.
After majoring in film direction at Chungang University and went on to study architecture and the moving image at University of Cambridge. JUNG has been producing works that connect humans to architecture through visual medium. JUNG directed a special film Another water, wind and stone as part of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts’ architectural exhibition Itami Jun: Architecture of the Wind. She had directed Korean Architecture Today, UHD project which supported by Korean Government Foundation.
KIM Jong-shin completed a master’s program in Screen &Drama Direction at Goldsmith College, University of London and currently gives lectures on film production and documentary production at Sang Myung University. KIM worked Cinema Service and Sidus as part of the production crew, and produced Giraffe Picture’s all projects including Another water, wind, stone as part of an architectural exhibition of Itami Jun: Architecture of the Wind at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts and Korean Architecture Today.
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