Your weekly journey into deep space

3 April 2019

This week I’ve been thinking about spaces that are particularly special—places that give you goosebumps or that you think about when you wake up too early in the morning. One of these spaces is The Teshima Art Museum on Teshima Island, Japan. The space is completely, unspeakably beautiful and feels like a cross between a hug and something built for angels, not humans. 

Teshima is one of twelve former fishing islands that exist in the Seto Inland Sea and which for many years suffered from a steady depopulation of residents, while the remaining population was ageing quicker than they could repopulate. In 2010 the The Setouchi Triennale (also known as the Setouchi International Art Festival) was launched and one of the main goals was to revitalise the islands with contemporary art and the tourism that would follow. Teshima, which has been inhabited for 14,000 years and was best known for its history of lemon, tangerine and persimmon farms, was chosen as the site for ‘Matrix’, a collaboration between Japanese artist Rei Naito and Tokyo-based architect Ryue Nishizawa.

The museum, which is a word rather at odds with such an ethereal place and is meant to resemble ‘a water droplet at the moment of landing’, was built into the side of a restored rice terrace which was repaired in collaboration with the local community. The structure of the 40m x 60m ceiling is made of thick concrete though it’s polished surface makes it appear more like eggshell than a building material. Two openings have been carved into the roof which allow for the outside world to be both observed and interacted with, creating an intimate connection between the architecture and the environment.

The day we went it was humid and rained relentlessly but we had a brolly and the island was so quiet and wild it all felt like part of the experience. It also meant when we went inside we experienced a strange kind of liminal feeling of being out of the rain and still in it. Rivulets of water spun across the floor and disappeared, a mist rose up from the surrounding forest and lazily drifted inside. Afterwards, completely struck by the experience, we walked down to a nearby village and stopped into a small hut for piping hot homemade takoyaki and a beer while we waited for the storm to pass.

This space was a testament to design as emotion, as nature, as feeling, and it truly made my human being sing. Imagine if every human-built structure was considered in this way?! Happiness from concrete, who would have thought it…

I Know the Pilot, anyone?

Do you have a space that was particularly significant to you? Somewhere local perhaps? Let us know!

Til’ next week,

SM x


Clouds pass overtop as puddles collect and stream across the smooth concrete floor


Excession exhibition - Kieron Broadhurst, Fri 5 Apr, 6pm-8pm

I am rubbish at art talk so here’s what Cool Change have to say about the show: 'Excession' documents the existence of three parallel histories through three installation artworks. 'The Island' presents an attempt at modelling, and thereby controlling, the primordial Island. 'An Event' documents the limited evidence of the mysterious Event and its effect on the West Australian landscape. 'Earth Coincidence Control Office' recreates the office space of one of the members of ECCO, a secret society which attempts to communicate with dolphins through coincidences.’

Cool Change Contemporary, 1F, Bon Marche Arcade, 74 - 84 Barrack Street, Perth. Excession continues Wed - Sun 11am - 5pm, until Sat 4 May.


Weaving workshop with the Tjanpi Desert weavers, Tue 9 Apr, 6pm-8pm

In anticipation of the upcoming world-premier of Manguri Wiltja, as part of the Revealed 2019 program at Fremantle Arts Centre, artists from WA’s southern Warakurna Community will be holding a workshop to share their beautiful skills. Learn how to weave sculptures out of grass and textile materials by hand, while chatting with and learning about the artists themselves.

The Goods Shed, Cnr Shenton Road & Claremont Crescent, Claremont. Tickets $65 for FORM members, $75 for general public here.


From outside you can’t imagine the feeling of being inside the ‘Matrix’ space. It basically looks like a spacecraft that has landed in a field


We’ll use this section to share some tidbits we’ve come across the last week from you, our tenants, and the www.

+ Historian and author of Utopia for Realists, Rutger Bregman, supporter of universal basic income and 15-hour working weeks SHOOK Davos with his take on tax

+ If you have feelings about Norwegian energy company, Equinor, and their plans to drill in the Great Australia Bight head to Cott beach this Sunday, 7 April between 10am-12pm to Paddle Out for the Bight. You can just stand on the beach too.

+ This is a really powerful essay by Melbourne writer Issy Beech, ‘Never Getting To Touch Someone Again Is A Big Thing’. If you’ve felt grief and if you love words this is a beautiful articulation.

+ There’s some fantastic artist opportunities up via the Artsource website at the moment including a commission for the City of Joondalup and a Margaret River residency program.


Teshima Art Museum as viewed by a bird or cloud (or a drone)


Heathcote, Applecross
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Completely, overwhelmingly peaceful. Birds, rain and ocean sounds all drift in from the surrounding landscape. Photo by Iwan Baan

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