Exhibition “Rules?” : An exhibition of rules
In this world, there are many rules that have been created so that everyone can live and function in society in an orderly, safe manner. In fact, we are constantly following rules without even realizing it.
Have you ever felt that there were rules that you didn’t agree with or some of them are quite outdated? Many well-established rules of the past might make our life difficult in modern times and often, such rules need to be updated to keep up with the times.
In this feature, we talk about a unique exhibition called Exhibition “Rules?” held at the 21_21 Design Sight in Roppongi, Tokyo, till November 28, 2021.
Since this exhibition is very popular, you need to make a reservation in advance.
Most of the rules presented in this exhibition pertain to Japan. At the entrance, you will find many rubber stamps. Choose 2 stamps to stamp onto the paper you received with your ticket.
In some ways, this is an interactive and participative exhibition. Once you select the rubber stamps, you are expected to follow those rules till the end of the exhibition.
The rubber stamps are available in both Japanese and English.
Choose as per your preference.
We picked the following two rules:
1. You have to hum.
2. When you see an arrow, point with your finger.
Inside the exhibition, there are many places to take photos, and the rules to take photos are as follows:
1. Wear a mask while taking pictures.
2. Do not talk loudly, do not use continuous shooting mode (to avoid shutter sound).
3. Do not do anything that causes noise while taking pictures.
4. Do not stop for taking photos in one spot for a long time.
5. Do not take pictures in spots that obstructs the path of others.
6. Do not bring items that are on display to take pictures.
7. Do not ask the staff to take photos.
If you look at this picture, you’ll see many rules that you probably didn’t even consider. All of these may not be written rules or laws. Some of them are just morals or etiquette that you are expected to follow for a peaceful coexistence.
You can learn the process of creating rules (laws & regulations) at this point.
Each exhibit has an explanation with a sequence number. You can view the exhibits in order without getting lost. Even toilet indications must follow standards that are set by AIGA.
At this point, you can participate in a quiz with everyone. On the screen, you will see questions about rules. The floor is divided into Yes or No, and you can stand on either side.
*The quiz is available in both English and Japanese.
After each question, you will also see an answer with an explanation.
From the back, you can see how many people stood on which side.
At each point, you will see objects and rules associated with the same.
For instance, Rules for using drones in Japan,
Rules for categorizing beer-flavored beverages,
Scooter Rules, and so on.
There was even a display of rules for Onigokko (Game of Tag). Even Japanese people didn’t know some of these rules for Tag. Do you know some unique rules associated with simple games in your country?
This video presents the rules of how to use the train.
At the exhibition, there are also boxes placed at various points that visitors can move freely. The rules for moving boxes are:
1. Do not leave a box where it might be a hindrance to others.
2. Do not move the boxes that are used as exhibit pedestals or to explain the work.
3. If you find a box that is not being used or placed in another spot, please return it.
4. Do not take the box outside.
At this point, you can answer questions related to various rules.
One example, Do you think a resume should have a fixed template or format?
In many countries, resumes do not have a fixed format. However, in Japan, everyone follows the same format for resumes.
Not surprising to see that more than half the visitors answered with “There should be a fixed format.”
What do you think about this revelation?
Another question was “Do you think there should be rules for using the internet?”. As you can see, many people chose the option “There should be rules.”
Isn’t it fascinating to learn about differences in attitudes towards various aspects of life.
Even when escaping using an Emergency Exit rules comes into play.
So what did you think of this unique exhibition? If you’re in Japan, go check it out for a contemplative experience.
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