Kawai+Okamura

Mood Hall

FILE Sao Paulo 2022 | Anima+
Electronic Language International Festival

Mood Hall — the enigmatic game played amongst the survivors in the post-apocalyptic world. The strange space in which the game is played is also known by the same name. Mysterious middle-aged and older gentlemen and beautiful women, giants, and little people appear and disappear in various places. What is Mood Hall? “Overture: Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Five Flukers in the Fluke Pit,” “Homo Ludens,” “Multiplication 1,” “Rooms,” “Mood Hall St.,” “Multiplication 2,” and “Blue Skies from Pain” — a high-density labyrinthine world consisting of eight experimental, artistic, and adventurous sketches, half sci-fi and half mystery.

Bio:
Kawai+Okamura is a Japanese creator unit of film and contemporary art. Takumi Kawai was born in Osaka in 1968. Hiroki Okamura was born in Kyoto in 1968. They formed Kawai+Okamura in 1993 while studying at Kyoto City University of Arts graduate school. Although they created a huge light box work in which sculpture and painting were united, gradually its painterly and modeling elements expanded into the first video works and the first solo exhibition “Over the Rainbow” in 1997 (Art Space NIJI, Kyoto). In 1999, the solo exhibition “The man from The Genre Mountain” (Kyoto City Shijyo Gallery) announced the first cell animation “HOLY&CHEAP.” Since then, they have been acting globally, mainly in digital model animation, including “Ficfyon7” (2004). “Columbos” (2012), first showed at the 65th Locarno International Film Festival (2012, Switzerland), received the award of best animated film of International Short Film Competition at Krakow Film Festival (2013, Poland) and the Honorary Mention in the Computer Animation / Film / VFX section of Ars Electronica Festival (2014, Austria). Takumi Kawai is a professor and Hiroki Okamura is an associate professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design, department of Information Design.