A homicide scene with the corpse of an actress dressed in red, a man with a gunshot wound, and an internationally well-known detective. Is this the climax of a play? Or is it a murder that took place during the shooting of a film? Columbos is a meta-mystery movie containing fragments of crime and suspense in a refractive world. The story is illustrated through a schizophrenic montage of “time and space” along with “fantasy and reality.” Our work is constructed of many layers, such as dreams, memories and bodies. It also includes music, arts, nonsense comedies and pop culture, especially from the 60s and 70s, which we love. The various elements inspired us and we tried to pay respect to them through our work. We chose animation for our projects because it allows us to create a natural environment with a unique sense of time, crossing the layers through the blending of the elements of the essence and structure.
Hiroki Okamura (JP), from Kyoto City, and Takumi Kawai (JP), from Osaka City, were born in Japan in 1968. They graduated from the Kyoto City University of Arts in 1992 and received their MAs from the Kyoto City University of Arts Graduate School in 1994—Okamura in oil painting and Kawai in sculpture. They formed KAWAI+OKAMURA as a visual art unit in 1993. Their film Ficfyon 7 (2004) won the grand prix at the Under 10 Minutes Digital Cinema Festival, and Head Wrest—3001 series (2000) won the special prize at the Chofu Cinema Festival in Japan. Their works have also been presented as visual art installations in various venues around the world, such as the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and the Mito Contemporary Art Gallery in Japan. Currently, Hiroki Okamura is a lecturer and Takumi Kawai is an associate professor in the Department of Information Design at the Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto.