Sohei Nishino

These maps of famous cities by Sohei Nishino encapsulate the bustle of the metropolis in the modern world. Skewed and twisted, the irregularity and flexibility of city life is conveyed through the warped pieces of the cityscape.

“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.”Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Diorama of Hong Kong
Diorama of Hong Kong
Diorama of Istanbul
Diorama of Istanbul
Diorama of New York
Diorama of New York
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Diorama Of Paris
Diarama of Tokyo
Diarama of Tokyo

Nishino’s collage represent his experience of the cities he painstakingly combed through; photographing as many places as possible, from all angles he could chance upon. The work is not about creating a precise geographic recreation of a cityscape, but instead an emotive scale is applied to the imperfect mix of monuments and landmarks, to re-create the image of the city through his own lens and his own hands.

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  1. Reblogged this on AGiurgea and commented:
    Interesting reinterpretation of the urban context. It grasps the chaotic growth of the metropolis in an uncanny, organic way, showing a side of the modern city that was never dealt with. The modernists promised us the ideal of the gestalt, but felt too short and crumbled under the heavy boot of capitalism, while their doctrine of form follows function became nothing more than an excuse to build boxes. And then came the glass boxes, stacked on top of the other, the gargantuan machines that maintain their interior metal bowels at the expense of the breathable air outside. It almost like there is no answer: this is the city center, there is nothing we can do about it, better build up, better build out of glass because it`s light weight, who knows how much temperature management would cost, but then again who cares, who cares about the traffic density`s impact or about how breathable the outside air is, because everyone spends all their time inside the glass box where the air is clean, arrive there through a means of mechanized transport, and besides outside is dangerous anyway. Interesting enough we happen to live in the 21st century, the age of information, things don`t have to be in the same place in order to happen. There are oceans of information on our finger tips, in less than a minute we can be anywhere on the globe. So the question is why is everything so centralized, maybe this is the normal evolutionary status of human activity. Just like nature tends to dissipate, to exhaust its energy in order to achieve equilibrium, we tend to conglomerate in our attraction towards being where its at, where stuff happens, to concentrate, gather,vibrate just like ants over a dead rat. How can anyone build a glass box with no windows and claim it was raised in the spirit of the gestalt, it seems to be very compelling to agree at first glance: it`s a glass box, its cohesive, its consistent and no part of it is better than the whole. But that is a very fetishistic, perverse and almost juvenile way to look at it, because the object does not exist in a pocked dimension that can be observed through a tiny keyhole that exists under the architects desk so you can properly bend over in front of the creator of such a magnificent masterpiece. Whats the glass box`s relationship with the surrounding buildings ? Whats its relationship with the people outside or inside for that matter? Is it critical about its surroundings? Is it a technological breakthrough in something else than stacking glass on top of steel? Is it complex and original work of art that is critical of itself? Does it have an poetic subtext only visible to the trained eye? Is it a satirical interpretation of the human condition???maybe?? NO! Then where is the architecture, where is the frozen music, where is the abstract or the erotic? Because I don`t see it, all I see is glass boxes that shatter fundamental concepts on how life should be lived.

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