Shinjuku Station in Tokyo is the world’s busiest train station, and the subject of Yamagami Yukihiro’s installation Shinjuku calling, 2014. The work consists of two parts: a meticulous pencil drawing of a streetscape provides the surface onto which the video is projected. The drawing depicts an external view of the station, with pedestrian crossings, elevated railway tracks and neon-adorned buildings, and the video projects ghostly footage of passing pedestrains, trains and traffic, as well as the changing light as day passes into night. The work fuses into a complex, multifaceted evocation of place imbued with a melancholic sense of transience.
This work was mesmerising, enchanting and a favourite of mine at Triennial.