In honor of Blindness Awareness Month, Distraction Series 12 focusses on Madeline Gins’s book Helen Keller or Arakawa (1994) and the influence that Helen Keller had on Arakawa and Gins’s architectural practice. While Helen Keller is an extremely well-known figure in both the United States and Japan, Gins’s in-depth meditation on Keller’s thought and experience goes well beyond the usual elementary school focus on Keller’s childhood and tutelage under Annie Sullivan. Gins incorporates direct quotes from Keller along with poetic imaginings of her experience of being both blind and deaf and employs these against a backdrop of Arakawa’s paintings in particular to probe the ways in which we experience the world as well as what it means to inhabit an architectural body.
Reversible Destiny Foundation is pleased to announce the new publication Arakawa and Madeline Gins in the 22nd Century: The Body and the Experience in the Reversible Destiny Mode
This book explores the philosophy of Arakawa and Madeline Gins who set out to fight the human destiny of mortality. Ten years after the death of Arakawa (1936–2010) and six years after the death of Madeline Gins (1941–2014), this significant collection of texts rediscovers Arakawa and Gins’s thought, which still continues to inspire and thereby remains in progress.
Reversible Destiny Foundation is pleased to announce that the International edition of the Documentary Films Childen Who Won't Die and We, directed by Nobu Yamaoka, is now available for purchase online.
Reversible Destiny Foundation is pleased to present Shusaku Arakawa: Trans Japan, Cis Japan - an article by Dr. Shin-Ichi Fukuoka about the works of Arakawa and Gins. Originally published in Japanese in WINGSPAN February 2016 issue, pp. 80-6. Translated and republished here with permission from the author and ANA WINGSPAN - the monthly in-flight magazine from All Nippon Airways.