Say 'Roppongi' and the picture usually evoked is of Tokyo's expatriate party zone, particularly its lively collection of bars and discotheques. But with the opening of Roppongi Hills, a gleaming complex at the centre of the district, things have taken a more stylish turn. The US$5 billion (HK$39 billion) project is home to a Grand Hyatt hotel, sleek apartments, restaurants and a performing arts theatre - and to the Mori Arts Centre, its crowning glory, perched on the 53rd floor of the Mori Building. It is the only museum in Asia directly affiliated to New York's Museum of Modern Art, whose representatives sit on its board of directors, and is seen as a vision of the future: it costs less to maintain than the traditional, grand, free-standing museum, it is conveniently located and its comparatively small scale disposes with intimidation. So it was appropriate that the Mori Arts Centre should have opened recently with an exhibition tackling the subjects of history and the future. Meditations Mediterranee, sponsored by Hermes, sees Studio Azzurro, a video experimentation and production house founded by Italians Fabio Cirifino and Paolo Rosa, displaying interactive installations eliciting impressions of the Mediterranean Sea. Images and sounds recall cultures fringing the Mediterranean, spiriting onlookers to the south of France, ancient Libyan ruins, a Moroccan market and a salt field in Greece. An observer steps up to a static image and the landscape begins to metamorphose, with sound, drawing him into a different world. Such a contemplative exercise could prove particularly valuable in a frenzied city such as Tokyo. Meditations Mediterranee runs until June 15 at the Mori Arts Centre, 53/F, Mori Building, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo.