DUBHOUSE:Experience In Material No.52


Shichiri Kei, Suzuki Ryoji


DUBHOUSE_main のコピーA documentary that focuses on an installation called “Busshitsu Shiko 51: DUBHOUSE” (Experience In Material No.51: DUBHOUSE) by architect Ryoji SUZUKI at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo in 2010. Its original concept of capturing the darkness produced by architecture was dramatically altered by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11th, 2011. SHICHIRI begins by filming both the light and shadows produced by the works on display, and embeds SUZUKI’s drawings of the disaster-hit regions within them. Cinemas are architectural structures where darkness is inherent. Films that attempt to emerge from that darkness are a form of emitted light, and at the same time they could be seen as a type of prayer. This is a metafilm on the subject of light and darkness, as well as a response to a historical event.
Title in English DUBHOUSE:Experience In Material No.52
Title in Original Language DUBHOUSE:物質試行52
Director(s) Shichiri Kei, Suzuki Ryoji
Director's Bio/Filmography Shichiri Kei (1967-)
While in high school, his first film “Existence Flicker Symptom” (1984) won a prize at the 8th Pia Film Festival at the recommendation of renowned filmmaker Nagisa OSHIMA. Started his professional career working on film sets while a student at Waseda University. Made his debut as a director and screenwriter after 10 years experience as an assistant director for Ryuichi HIROKI and other filmmakers. In 2004, “What We Do is Secret”, a experimental short film portraying a boy-meets-girl story in a world without words, and “My Easy Going Sister”, based on Naoki YAMAMOTO’s comic book, were his first works to receive theatrical releases. Wrote screenplays for Makoto SHINOZAKI’s film “Walking with the Dog” (2004) and Ryuichi HIROKI’s “L’Amant” (2005). Many of his works are collaborations with artists in a variety of genres, including “Hottentot Apron – A Sketch” (2006), an art film produced by Aichi Arts Center (AAC); “Aspen” (2010), a short dance piece featuring dancer Ikuyo KURODA; and “DUBHOUSE” (2012), an experimental short made in cooperation with architect Ryoji SUZUKI. “Before the Day Breaks” (2007), a film comprised of unpopulated images that illustrate a story told by off-screen characters, has been screened every year in Japan by popular demand.

Suzuki Ryoji (1944-)
Bachelor of Engineering, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University.After several years at Talenaka Corporation and Maki & Associates, he founded Ryoji Suzuki Architect and Partners.
'Sagishima Ring': Design Award by Architectural Institute of Japan; 1997
'Project Konpira': Togo Murano Award: 2005
Major books written are "Dis-Architectural Considerations", "Architettura Anno Zero", "Materials Suspense, Architecture and Film". Since 1973, he has been working on the 'Experience In Material' series, which focuses on creative activities in architecture, film, book, photography, as well as going beyond the genre. His work, "Where is Architecture? Seven Installations by Japanese Architects", was exhibited at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2010).
Year of Completion 2012
Nationality of the Film Japan
Running Time 16 min.
Aspect Ratio Film: 1.85
Color Color
Screening Format 35mm
Shooting Locations Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Shooting Dates/Periods
Names of Characters
Language of Commentary and Dialogue
Subtitles Japanese,
Date of First Public Screening 2012/2/17
Place of First Public Screening (Country) Japan
Date of First Public Screening in Japan 2012/2/17
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, Japan
Spectrum Shorts, International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands
European Media Art Festival, Germany
Staff Credits Script: Shichiri Kei, Suzuki Ryoji
Photography: Shichiri Kei, Takahashi Tetsuya
Editing: Shichiri Kei
Sound: Shichiri Kei
Music: Ikeda Takumi
Others:Colorist: Makino Takashi
Producer Suzuki Ryoji
Distributor / Distribution Company Shichiri Kei
Official Website for the Film http://keishichiri.com
Other Online Access to the film
Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events None