International Edition: Children Who Won’t Die, ARAKAWA / WE, Madeline Gins

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Two Documentaries of Life and Work of Arakawa + Madeline Gins


Film 1: Children Who Won’t Die, ARAKAWA

Language: Japanese / Subtitle: English, Japanese

Running Time: 80mins


Can a house help us not to die?

Artists/scientists/revolutionaries Madeline Gins and Shusaku Arakawa declared that our lives need not end, and created dwellings whose purpose is to reverse our destiny and defy death itself.

The Reversible Destiny Lofts in Tokyo, with their vivid colors, undulating floors, irregular lines, and spherical rooms were the culmination of their research and speculation. Arakawa said, “Living here, human beings will never die, as the potential ability of their bodies can be maximally developed.”

This film includes interviews with residents of the Reversible Destiny Lofts and an astrophysicist, as well as growth records of children who were raised in these remarkable buildings.

Children Who Won’t Die proudly sings a celebration of life, highlighting the possibilities of a world no one could ever have imagined before.


Shusaku Arakawa

Haruo Saji

Yuma Yamaoka

Sono Yamaoka

Residents of Reversible Destiny Lofts Mitaka

Director: Nobu Yamaoka

Music: Keiichiro Shibuya

Narrator: Tadanobu Asano

Film 2: WE, Madeline Gins

Language: English / Subtitle: Japanese

Running time: 60 mins


How does the body meet the future ?

Madeline Gins – poet, architect, visionary – talks about the origin of creation, its secrets, and the future of humanity.

This film documents a visit with her to her studio and to the Bioscleave House in East Hampton, NY  – the only example in the USA of the revolutionary, death-defying architecture she developed with Shusaku Arakawa.

Gins describes her first encounter with Arakawa, and sheds light on his representative works, including his classic series of artworks, Mechanism of Meaning, which served as the foundation for the procedural architecture projects they later created together.

The film also shows visitors navigating in, reacting to, and being transformed by the peculiarities and wonders of the space of Bioscleave House.


Madeline Gins

Shusaku Arakawa

Lucas Poole

Sofiane Poole

Gillian Poole

Hubert Poole

Director: Nobu Yamaoka