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Back to the future: One of architect Didier Fiuza Faustino's pieces has clear "Tron" influences. HOME PALACE-2004, © INFINITE INTERIOR, BEIJING


New Hermes exhibition gets inspiration from 1982's 'Tron'

Staff writer

Te ground-breaking science-fiction movie "Tron" dazzled film-goers with its use of computer graphics and futuristic cinematography in 1982. Tapping into a widespread nostalgia for that film, the release of a sequel next month is already generating a lot of buzz.

"Tron: Legacy" will feature the original film's lead actor, Jeff Bridges, in a battle-filled computer game. Popular French electronic music duo Daft Punk are providing the soundtrack.

Many companies are trying to ride the wave of digital love for the movie including Maison Hermes Le Forum Ginza in Tokyo. The gallery will hold screenings of the original "Tron" film in conjunction with an exhibition by French architect Didier Fiuza Faustino. Born in 1968, Faustino came to Japan in 2008 when he participated in the Yokohama Triennale.

His current show is titled Agnosian Fields. Faustino has previously stated that "Tron" was a key inspiration in his work. He has suggested the message of his work is modern society's inability to realize what is happening in its surroundings. This includes referencing a broad range of issues such as the so-called Black Swan Theory (the role of surprising high-impact events such as the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States) and global warming.

The screenings will be held in the venue's cinema-viewing room on Nov. 21 and 23. Starting times are 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on both days. Admission to the screening and exhibition is free but prior seat reservation is required.

"Tron: Legacy" is scheduled to open in Japan on Dec. 17.

For reservations, call (03) 3569-3300. For details, visit www.art-it.asia/u/maisonhermes.

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