Aphorism : Grid

Minimal Expression



About Aphorism

An impact that can’t be felt no matter how long of a novel one reads can sometimes be expressed in a single sentence. In addition, in haiku, tanka and so on, which are part of Japanese culture, even the subtle emotions of nature can be expressed with a minimum of words. “Aphorizm” is a project that attempts to express keywords in succinct films. Each week a keyword is adopted, and wowlab designers make that keyword into a film at nearly impromptu speed. Most of these films are not so much productions but fragments of inspiration. Through these experimental projects, we make films as if writing and hope to sense a new filmmaking process.


This theme is a grid. To us as well, laying out spaced at equal intervals and aligning is a fundamental way of thinking. There is a grid system in the world of editorial design as well, and technology known as grid computing exists as well. In brainstorming, you might not notice at first glance but there are actually a number of subjects that take grid-form.


Insect cage

For grid, I first thought of netting, a prison cell, and an insect cage. Things that hold and imprison other things.I think grids have great powers such as imprisonment.

From the words I imagined from grid, I tried making a video of an insect cage surrounded by a grid.

Koji Murakami

Grid in daily life

In daily life, there are many things that take grid-form. The most familiar is clothing. Crisscrossing, innumerable, finely knit clothing, this is certainly a grid. Other grids have long been assimilated into daily life. Sliding paper doors, tatami, grid windows and doors, stone steps. As there is the word “grid pattern,” in specifically Japanese art, grids are often used.

When used in windows, they have the effect of softening direct sunlight, only allowing necessary light in, limit the view from the outside as well. From long long ago, girds have been used in a variety of ways. I brought together everyday grids. From large things to small things, changing in steps.

Miki Ogata


Around about us, innumerable regular aggregates exist. These were at first featureless and in a complex state.

By giving rules, fixed order was achieved. A grid is like a filter that gives rise to order in complicated circumstances.

Kaoru Kudo


If a grid is not simply duplicated crisscrossing lines, what in the world is that which is called a “grid.” When objects are repeatedly placed in an empty space vertically and horizontally at equal intervals, as they look people will naturally draw lines where there should be nothing.

Should we not call the intangible orderly lines that become visible depending on definite rules a grid?

Yusuke Mizuno

Golden Sections

When bodies are lined up in equally-spaced intervals, by vertically crisscrossing borderlines and borderlines over and over again, a space of demarcated flat surfaces and squares is created, and this filled in completely with a revolving animation according to the golden rule, reproducing a golden box. Heading for zero, which will not be reached in all eternity, the flat surface revolves regularly and converges.

In the natural world, the fact that humans can see the regularity that can be seen in the rules of the golden square in the sequence of plant leaves, snail shells, and so on is the result of people trying to see beauty in the natural world that is normally seen, and attaching the rule of the golden proportion.

Shinya Kikuchi


Windows lined up in an orderly fashion. And the light from rooms that sparkles and twinkles out. If you walk in the night city, a frame that can’t be seen in the day presents itself. Regularly lined up squares with rectangles.

This primitive graphic symbolically reflects the city, and makes one imaging someone looking at a landscape sunk into the darkness. From the floating windows, even in the dark, we can feel the shape of buildings we can’t see with our eyes.

Sayaka Maruyama


Brainstorming on the theme of a grid. When I heard the word mosaic, which came up at that time, I realized that a grid is something with a kind of resolution. That which makes up all things is matter in extremely small units, such as atoms, molecules, and elementary particles. If science and technology progresses even smaller units may be discovered.

Thinking of this, all things in the universe can be thought of as having boggling resolution compared to digital data. It’s common sense, but no matter how much natural things are amplified, they don’t become rough. They just become finer and finer. As if this were easy to understand, people make things rough. This is a grid.

Mamoru Kano