A Room of Her Own : Rei Naito and Light
“Is it a blessing in its own sake to exist on earth?”
Rei Naito, an artist pursuing the mystery of existence, and those who try to feel her world.
A Serene Documentary Concerning Art by Yuko NAKAMURA
Can we remember the form of things that cannot be seen?
A story about ‘lights’ that come to rest, with the hope of encountering the miracle of our existence.
Artist Rei Naito reminds us of the faint presence of things that are not visible unless we make the effort to see them. An artist shrouded in mystery, Naito has up to now refused to be filmed on camera. After two years of exchanges with the artist, this documentary attempts to get close to the essence of Naito’s art, which expresses the lights of existence, without pointing the camera at the artist herself. The story involves the dynamism of the pulsating space of the at the Teshima Art Museum, water, light, and five women who are enticed by the world of Naito’s art. The Teshima Art Museum, which integrates a construction by architect Ryue Nishizawa, the artwork "Matrix" by artist Rei Naito, and the natural surroundings, is located in the middle of the beautiful Teshima Island in the Seto Inland Sea. Special permission was granted to film the museum. The result is the birth of a new art documentary reminiscent of a deep prayer, with many intangible and tangible things weaved into the story.
Rei Naito asks the question “Is it a blessing in its own sake to exist on earth?”.
But I was wondering why she was forced to ask that question. Inside me, there was something that made me ask that same question.
Just by existing, we give something and receive something. Yet, we are not aware of it.
I was very anxious about making this film without actually filming Naito herself. It was an experience that questioned the very existence of my only tool, which is "filming with a camera". I know well that the camera only cuts out a "fragment" of phenomenon in this world. But I also knew that I could point the camera at the "entirety" of a quiet world that could vanish in a moment.
I wanted to take the lights of the world that Naito gives us, and what we have received from her artwork, and visualize that in a film. During the course of filming, as if guided by some unknown force, I met five women of different ages who live in today’s modern age. Through this film, they gather at the "Matrix" and start to resonate with each other. I believe there are questions that are cast to us through this proactive "story", which overcomes the mystery of the unsubstantiated nature of life.
Film director / TV director
Director / Screenplay : Yuko Nakamura
Director of photography : Yasuyuki Sasaki/ Sound : Koh Yu Chang/ Editor : Yuko Nakamura, Kei Ishikawa/ Music : Tara Jane O’neil, Masakatsu Takagi/ Costume Design: Theater Products/ Assistant Director : Hayato Onishi/ Executive Producer : Hiromitsu Sugita/ Associate Producer: Tomoaki Sugimoto/ International Producer : Miyuki Fukuma/ Cooperation : Gallery Koyanagi, Teshima Art Museum/ Presented by TV MAN UNION, Inc.
Rei Naito, Ran Taniguchi, Hina Yukawa, Keiko Oyama, Nobuko Numakura, Kyoko Tanaka
Born in Tokyo in 1977. Graduated from the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Letters, Keio
University. Joined a publisher specializing in philosophy. After working as an editor, joined the
team of film director Tsukamoto Shinya. Worked as assistant director on Tsukamoto’s films
"Snake of June" and "VITAL". Joined television production company TV Man Union Inc. in 2004.
Planned and directed many documentary programs in the field of art and architecture. In 2012,
her documentary "Memories of Origin: Hiroshi Sugimoto" produced for and broadcast on
satellite TV station WOWOW was nominated for an International Emmy Award in the Arts
Programming category. This documentary was re-edited for a theatrical release.
Miyuki Fukuma (International Producer)