Model for a Pedagogical Vehicle originates from a personal reading of four photographs documenting the experimental exhibition 'Seikatsu Kosei Exhibition' (Life Construction) at Bunka Gakuin (School of Culture) in Tokyo, organised by architect Renshichiro Kawakita in 1931 to introduce Bauhaus ideas and pedagogy to Japan. The installation is visual and tactile, it includes elements of handicraft, sculpture, and architecture, as well as the documentation from Life Construction, and reconstructions of the paper studies, which were also part of the exhibition, made especially for the installation by paper artist Eric Gjerde.
The display structure refers in part to the set designs of Jikken Kobo (Experimental Workshop, 1951–57) an eclectic group of visual artists, musical composers, photographers and engineers who exemplified the postwar Japanese reception of the Bauhaus. In this sense the installation as a whole can be seen as an attempt to reconnect these two distinctive understandings and approaches to Bauhausian pedagogy and philosophy before and after World War II.
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Seikatsu kosei (Life Construction) exhibition at Bunka Gakuin (Bunka Vocational College) in June 1931. Published in Kenchiku Gaho (Architecture illustrated), Vol. 22, No. 10, np.