Ma – understood as void or gap and paradoxically something vital for existence of architectural form.
My observation is that MA is related as much to architecture (understood principally as science of spatial organisation) as it is to the act of architectural translation in form of drawing (encoding).
In traditional Japanese graphical forms of architectural representations, sequentiality is key. Therefore, similiarily to art of Japanese comics, they involve to a high extent application of gaps, breaks and voids as modes of pace-making and giving rhythm to a certain narrative.
In Japanese architecture rhytms are both directly related to the concept of time as ‘space in flux’ as well as form a compositionally dynamic ‘open’ form (one that has its duration in time without having to be experienced).
The film is exploring those themes on the example of Tadao Ando-designed museum near Osaka.
+ SOUND IN THE VIDEO WAS RECORDED IN THE ACTUAL BUILDING!