Aphorism : Layer

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. 


The first theme is “Layer.” In the dictionary, meanings such as “echelon, stratum, and rank” are written. In brainstorming, from straightforward layers such as geological stratum to structural layers that can’t actually be seen, a variety of opinions were exchanged.


1 Year Layer

The world of numbers is boundless. If one increases numbers one by one, there is no end. The numbers simply get bigger and bigger. Limitless numbers also exist between 0 and 1. It can be considered that total size and partial size have an equal unit of limitlessness.
Think of the everyday world. For example, a year is divided into 365 days.

If it is then divided into hours, there are 365 days times 24 hours equals 8760 hours. If we then divide into minutes, there are 525600 minutes. In this way, we can divide more and more finely without limit. But we cannot understand this limitless range. So we use numbers as delimiters. These may be exactly like layers that divide a limitless world.

 Mamoru Kano


How many leaves are there in single tree, I wonder. There should be over about a million. Looking for sunlight, each and every one develops in different directions. The small surfaces of vast numbers of leaves are consistently distributed in a multilayered way. But they do not block the sunlight perfectly.

Evidence of this is the sunbeams streaming through the leaves to the ground. Perhaps only I find this to be is similar to the Japanese way of dividing space. Like sliding doors and screens, things that seem to block but do not block overlap. This may be the reason we can relax looking up from the bottom of a tree.

 Mamoru Kano


What is a layer?
There are layers in words that normally come up in design. But I had never thought seriously about layers. Things in layers, things that overlap. It seems that this image is in my mind. What are layers? What is a layer?

Space, time, history, earth, various things pile up and become layers. Perhaps there are numerous layers in daily life, and they were an enormously large existence. Perhaps, like geographical stratum and history, the layers of nature will continue eternally without limit as long as time does not stop.

 Miki Ogata

artificial flower

The shape of a flower is formed by several or several tens of overlapping petals. Perhaps the flowers themselves have layer formation. For example, I felt that perhaps by bringing together many overlapping flowers, something a single flower cannot express may be expressed.

While making this, I felt all the flowers distributed in one space were like ikebana.

 Koji Murakami


If the space between two points is considered to be a layer, I think we can consider that layers express distance.
For example, when going from Tokyo station to my destination, Hanchinohe, by Shinkansen, there are a number of stations on the way.

If the distance of sections is made into radiuses, and a line is drawn at each station, layers appear in the sections. Seen from above, a graph of concentric circles like growth rings appears. Just like the cross-section of an onion.

 Yusuke Mizuno


Forests are formed from innumerable trees. In a forest, trees overlap complexly giving rise to a distinct layers.
When the wind blows, the trees shake and it seems as if the entire forest is breathing. In this breathing forest, even if completely still, one can sense the overlapping of the trees and the depth.

When people sense depth in things, they have a feeling of physiological comfort. The relaxation and comfort the forest gives to people is not just a scientific effect, but the “moving layers” of the forest arises from its the characteristic depth may also have a comforting visual effect.

 Kaoru Kudo


Just by piling up several pictures, they seem to be three dimensional. Just like skydiving, at the point when one breaks through the clouds and faces the earth. Seen through the clouds, the earth approaches slowly.

If this were reality, the diver would briskly flip towards the earth, but just like the clouds, the camera would easily pierce the earth. In the data, the clouds and the earth are nothing but the same surface.

 Sayaka Maruyama

The petal becomes a flower

“Layer” may express a single layer or overlapping layers. That which a single layer signifies and the different meanings that arise when layers pile up. In “the petal becomes a flower,” a flower petal is thought of as a single layer, and I express the fact that when several of these petals overlap they become a flower.

Growing from a small petal to a large petal, by and by the petal wilts away. I tried making this cycle into an animation of an eternally blooming flower that would be impossible in the real world. The flower petals grow and then shrivel up small like a waterfall that flows without end.

 Shinya Kikuchi