creative director : jopsu ramu(musuta ltd.)
art director : jopsu ramu(musuta ltd.), shun kawakami(artless Inc.)
design : jopsu ramu(musuta ltd.)
sound : chikao maruyama
producer : timo huhtala(musuta ltd.)
director : mitsutomo maeda & masaru ikeda(edp graphic works co., ltd.)
production company : edp graphic works co., ltd.
project management : masaji kinoshita(shirofuchi Inc.)
executive producer : musuta ltd.)
created by : jopsu ramu & timo huhtala(musuta ltd.)
special thanks : taisuke koyama, brian kaszonyi
Urban Abstract is a journey across urban space that unfolds in forty, 5 second parts. The journey, in one, two and three dimensions, is a bit like abstract surfing in which the original destination is only reached after a number of seemingly random yet linked detours occur. Points , lines, planes and other abstract elements create a journey through an Urban Abstract.
The space between things is as important as intended space, perhaps creating a fourth dimension. Meaningful shapes and purposes occur in this dimension's reality as well. The concept of "negative space" has meaning here.
Nature plays a part as well. To be able to understand and differentiate what is urban one has understand what is nature.
The style of the shorts is fluid and, though seemingly random, stream into a cohesive whole. Perhaps watching them in a different order would be more like seeing the same journey from another point of view. The sound world is also very important -- movement in space is sensed even if watching the shorts with eyes closed. Sounds overlap, fade, come and go.
Architectural, abstract, someway minimalist and abstract with a touch of humanity.
This feeling is reached through mixing techniques such as vectors , hand drawn lines and painting.
Urban Abstract was realized in Tokyo by a team of artists, designers and animators from Finland and Japan. Urban Abstract was created by Jopsu Ramu from Musuta Ltd, a concept, art & design -studio based in Tokyo and Helsinki.