PAN- PROJECTS The Matter of Facts


PAN- PROJECTS is a London-based architectural design practice comprised of Yuriko Yagi and Kazumasa Takada. Yagi and Takada develop projects by focusing on the unique culture and history of a given place, and by placing value on the intricately entangled elements they find in these places, they attempt to create harmony. In The Matter of Facts, they make use of printed matter as a building material. The printed matter is related to the cancellation and postponement of events and other activities due to the coronavirus crisis. For the most part, it is PR information issued by public agencies and commercial facilities in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The work, consisting of a large quantity of accumulated printed matter serves both as a means of communicating facts and preserving traces. It was intended to confirm the urban memory of the coronavirus crisis while urging viewers to reexamine their present place.

Date August 11 (Wed.)– December 20 (Mon.), 2021
Closed on Tuesdays (except for November 23)
Opening Hours Follows the opening hours of the National Art Center, Tokyo
Venue Central Information of the National Art Center, Tokyo
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Supported by Nomura Foundation
Cooperated by Robert Walters Japan
Admission Free
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Artist Profile


PAN- PROJECTS is an architectural design practice co-founded by Japanese architect duo Yuriko Yagi and Kazumasa Takada. Established in Copenhagen in 2017, the studio moved its base to London in 2019 where it continues to actively engage in international projects.
PAN- PROJECTS is dedicated to design that celebrates the cultural diversity and uniqueness of our living world. The duo conceive architecture holistically, carefully combining elements they believe should be viewed as works of art in their own right. This is achieved through genuine collaboration with multidisciplinary makers and clients from various backgrounds, recognising the distinct value they bring to each project.

YAGI Yuriko

BA in Architectural Design, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan
Atelier Lise Juel, Denmark
MA in Architectural Design, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan
Registered architect with the Danish Association of Architects (MAA).

TAKADA Kazumasa

BA in Architecture, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
MA in Art and Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen, Denmark
Awards include Grand Prize at Lixil International Architectural Design Competition (2016), and Silver Prize at National Student Graduation Design Competition (2015). Registered architect with the Danish Association of Architects (MAA) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The Matter of Facts

This work was designed to urge viewers to reexamine their present place based on an accumulation of perceptible facts.

Since ancient times, human beings have attempted to create social stability by constructing objects that people can rely on in order to ward off the invisible and powerful fear created by things such as epidemics. This method of bolstering the spiritual foundations of society, which in the past was supported by our faith in a god (i.e., a supernatural entity), was replaced by science as the human race developed. This information enabled us to understand our situation, and provided us with a sense of social and spiritual stability.

However, the emergence of COVID-19 has exposed the extremely precarious nature of this scientific foundation, which underpins the era in which we live, and shaken the social order to the core. This unstable situation, which has given rise to a variety of phenomena that disparage science, and a whirlpool of constantly updated, dubious information, poses a threat to our lives, and has caused a hazy, elusive sense of anxiety to envelop our society.

This anxiety has upended the foundations of our beliefs. Assuming that this situation emanated from the tangle of dubious information, it would seem that the only option we have is to amass only recognized facts, which can be verified as the truth, and through this action, reaffirm our present place.

The Matter of Facts is an object made up of an accumulation of printed matter dating from and after the time that COVID-19 began to exert an effect on our society. These materials are reflective of things that occurred, or as the case may be, did not occur, as part of wide-ranging trends. In other words, this collection of information mirrors facts that disappeared, changed, newly emerged, and remained the same in our daily lives. By taking a bird’s-eye view of the changes that occurred in our surroundings, and joining them together, we arrive at a technique of counteracting the elusive sense of anxiety by reaffirming our present place on our own scale as individual people.