Award-winning film produced by Axis network camera

The film “Planning a Forest” is exhibited at the Venice Biennale of Architecture and the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art

“I did not believe I could film this kind of high-caliber work with network cameras.“ Mr. Junya Ishigami, junya.ishigami+associates.

Mission

Mr. Junya Ishigami acquired a master’s degree from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2000 and established his architectural firm, junya.ishigami+associates, in 2004. Mr. Ishigami is a famous architect that has received an award from the Architectural Institute of Japan in 2009 for his design of KAIT Kobo at the Kanagawa Institute of Technology. In February 2010, Axis Communications met for the first time with junya.ishigami+associates to discuss methods for filming the inside of KAIT Kobo using network cameras. Mr. Ishigami was due to exhibit a visual piece for an exhibition at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art starting in September of 2010. The plan was to film the inside of KAIT Kobo for a few months, and finally edit the video and create an exhibit out of it.

Solution

Mr. Ishigami’s idea was to record video from inside the workshop at the highest image quality possible, using numerous cameras. In April 2010, four AXIS P1346 Network Cameras were installed in the ceiling of KAIT Kobo, and AXIS Camera Station was installed on a computer. The sheer storage volume of HDTV video overwhelmed the external storage equipment, so video was recorded using a frame rate of one frame per second and the video was compressed using H.264. Filming continued from May to August 2010, starting in the morning until the workshop closed. Furthermore, the camera angle was changed roughly once a week while recording the video.

Result

The completed piece, “Planning for a Forest” was exhibited at the Venice Biennale of Architecture International Architecture Exhibition and at a special exhibition at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, called “Junya Ishigami: Another Scale of Architecture”. A small model of KAIT Kobo was placed in the exhibition room, where the film was showing. The silent film not only serves as a documentary, but artistically expresses the workings inside of KAIT Kobo. Mr. Ishigami stated, “I did not believe I could film this kind of high-caliber work with network cameras,” at the opening ceremony held September 18, 2010.

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