IPP (Inverse Perspective Project)







IPP 実行委員会(林ケイタ/安喜万佐子)

Inverse Perspective Project (IPP) is an attempt at redefining the interrelationship between “landscape” and“ human beings.” Through the involvement of professionals and experts from a wide range of fields including art, philosophy, religion, architecture, poetry, and science, this project looks to achieve the goal of deconstructing modernist stereotypes and obtaining a relative point of view towards nature and the environment.

Inverse Perspective of Landscape

Here we refer to “landscape” as something that has a broad meaning and can be identified with nature, the environment, or the world, etc. It could even be argued that to know and identify how people in a certain region of the world at a certain time viewed the landscape and desired to deal with it under the given conditions provides us with a better understanding of their culture and its development.

A series of events which took place since the mid-1990s has forced us, Japanese, to review and renew our way of thinking based on the imported modernist culture of the West, which is firmly rooted inside us still in the present day. Now, in the age where human civilization has come to maturity, we have come to think of these events as pointing to our overdependence on the stereotypical subject-object relationship between human beings and the landscape, and its limitation. This project was launched with these thoughts in mind. Then, after its launch, we experienced the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami, which once again impressed on us that we can never escape from the landscape.

The title of our project, “inverse perspective,” implies our attempt at reversing the subject-object relationship between human beings and the landscape, as well as our will to regain humility, admitting and accepting the fact that we can never escape from the landscape. Back into the remote origin of human history, the landscape must have been a subject of awe, something to be respected. Within the landscape, we are nothing but “accidental sojourners.” Starting from this acknowledgement, we have tried to put ourselves in a relative standpoint and view human beings from there, to once again locate and identify our sense of physicality as well as our consciousness as accidental sojourners. We hope that all this will lead us to the starting line from where we can set on a journey to find a new insight into the future life of human beings.

IPP coordinators:www.ipp2011.org