A still image from 'Jinrin (Silver Wheel) Bicycle in Dream' (1955). A collaboration between Toshio Matsumoto and Jikken Kobo.

A still image from ‘Jinrin (Silver Wheel) Bicycle in Dream’ (1955). A collaboration between Toshio Matsumoto and Jikken Kobo.

An introduction to Jikken Jobo (Experimental Workshop) Written and designed by Nick West.

An introduction to Jikken Jobo (Experimental Workshop) Written and designed by Nick West.

Jikken Kobo, 'Ballet Mirai no Eve' (Eve Future Ballet), 1955. Performance documentation.

Jikken Kobo, ‘Ballet Mirai no Eve’ (Eve Future Ballet), 1955. Performance documentation.

Jikken Jobo (Experimental Workshop) - Context. Written and designed by Nick West.

Jikken Jobo (Experimental Workshop) – Context. Written and designed by Nick West.

Group photo of Jikken Kobo members in 1954. Collection of Tokyo Publishing House. Photo: Kiyoshi Otsuji.

Group photo of Jikken Kobo members in 1954. Collection of Tokyo Publishing House. Photo: Kiyoshi Otsuji.

Jikken Jobo (Experimental Workshop) - The musicians and the artists. Written and designed by Nick West.

Jikken Jobo (Experimental Workshop) – The musicians and the artists. Written and designed by Nick West.

Tetsuro Komai, 'A Momentary Illusion' (1951). Etching, 17.5cm x 28.5cm.

Tetsuro Komai, ‘A Momentary Illusion’ (1951). Etching, 17.5cm x 28.5cm.

Jikken Jobo (Experimental Workshop) - Media. Written and designed by Nick West.

Jikken Jobo (Experimental Workshop) – Media. Written and designed by Nick West.

Kitadai Shozo & Otsuji Kiyoji, APN (Asahi Pictures News) 1953–54. Gelatin silver print, 53.5cm x 43.5 cm.

Kitadai Shozo & Otsuji Kiyoji, APN (Asahi Pictures News) 1953–54. Gelatin silver print, 53.5cm x 43.5 cm.

Jikken Jobo (Experimental Workshop) - Legacy. Written and designed by Nick West.

Jikken Jobo (Experimental Workshop) – Legacy. Written and designed by Nick West.

 

Shozo Kitadai, 'Eukereidesu no Sekai' (The World of Euclides), 1951. Courtesy of Chiba City Museum of Art, Japan.

Shozo Kitadai, ‘Eukereidesu no Sekai’ (The World of Euclides), 1951. Courtesy of Chiba City Museum of Art, Japan.

©Nick West 2015