Ida and the glass helmet

24. February 2019 Ida and the glass helmet

Kabuto is the Japanese word for helmet. And it’s precisely a helmet Ida Wieth exhibits in the Japan Retur-exhibition – one in glass and copper – inspired by the Japanese samurai suit.

Sunday February 24, at 3PM, Ida will tell about the process and the idea behind her project – Kabuto – and about the meeting and the collaboration with TAMA Art University in Tokyo, where the project was made in the Summer of 2018. Here she worked across the glass- and metal department, and sought to discover and explore new aspects of materials and methods, based on a traditional Japanese samurai suit with deep historical and symbolic roots.

About the background of the project, Ida says:

“I am fascinated by the Japanese approach to craft, tradition, material and spirit. That things take (long) time, and requires dedication, patience and exercise to master a profession fully. At the same time, there is an endless pursuit of constantly being able to improve and learn new things.

From this point on, I focused on the samurai suit, which in itself is truly fascinating and unique in its structure, symbolism and aesthetics. I thought it was interesting to work with an interpretation of the suit’s headgear – the helmet itself – which, in addition to representing family, strength and rank, aims to protect the head from whacks.

I am very preoccupied with the Japanese phenomenon wabi-sabi, in which the beauty of the imperfect, perishable and unspoken is appreciated. Converting the Japanese war helmet into a form in which the main element consists of fragile glass is contradictory in terms – a war helmet that cuts as well as break… But this particular interpretation creates new ground for new ways to come about material, tradition and methods, and in accordance with wabi-sabi, the helmet will not last forever in its present form. On the contrary, it will continually change its expression, due to the fact that the glass will weather and gradually reveal the underlying copper construction on which the glass part is created.

With the project I wanted to push the boundaries of the glass options, based on a clear Japanese-based context. I look forward to tell about the process behind and the result of this at A. Petersen”.

The talk will be in Danish. If you have a ticket for the Japan Retur exhibition (60 DKK), participation at the talk is free.