International Collaborations 2010-2011


Organized by Department of Japanese Painting in cooperation with Centro de las Artes de San Agustin (Mexico).
Dates February 12 to March 12, 2011
Participants from MAU Aguri Uchida (Professor), Takafumi Kijima (Lecturer), Shingo Tameso (Research Associate), 1 student
Participants from Mexico 35 artists/students

A workshop about Japanese Painting techniques was held using paper and paints made of indigenous natural materials such as rock, soil and plants in Oaxaca. Various works produced at the workshop were exhibited at a gallery. This provided an opportunity to seek contemporary ways of expression in Japanese Painting.

International Workshop at BODW 2010

Organized by Department of Visual Communication Design in cooperation with Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) (Hong Kong)
Dates November 27 to December 5, 2010
Participants from MAU Chiu Leimei Julia (Professor), Atsuro Ueki (Lecturer), 14 Students
Participants from PolyU Rémi Leclerc (Assistant Professor), 15 students

A presentation about the class “Design for BOP (Base of the Pyramid)” was given at Business of Design Week, an international design symposium in Hong Kong. 6,000 people visited the exhibition and 300 audiences/members participated in the presentation session given by the students. Details about the BOP class and their presentation at BODW are available at the following websites.

China-Japan International Collaboration in Jingdezhen

Organized by Department of Industrial, Interior and Craft Design in cooperation with Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute (JCI) (China)
Dates August 23 to August 29, 2010
Participants from MAU Makoto Komatsu (Professor), Keiko Isoya (Lecturer), Seiichiro Takeda (Lecturer), Satoshi Nishikawa (Lecturer), Chiharu Hagiwara (Lecturer), Toshiro Aki (Research Associate), Yuri Kajiyama (Research Associate), Mayuko Goshi (Laboratory Assistant), Yuuki Sakata (Laboratory Assistant), Eriko Yano (Laboratory Assistant), 28 students
Participants from JCI 20 students

Students from the ceramic course at MAU visited museums and institutions in Jingdezhen, which is known as the oldest home of ceramics. A workshop about glazing on ceramics was also jointly held with Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute. Seeing and experiencing first-hand totally
different materials and techniques offered new insight to the students.

Chelsea Campus Project

Organized by Department of Architecture in cooperation with Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London (CHELSEA) (UK)
Dates May 16 to May 25, 2010
Participants from MAU Aihiko Minamoto (Professor), Kimio Tsuchiya (Guest Professor), 10 students
Participants from CHELSEA Ken Wilder (Course Director), Takako Hasegawa (Lecturer), 17 students

The theme of the joint workshop is based around “Theatrical Space”. Students from MAU and Chelsea College of Art and Design conducted comparative research about theatrical art and theaters in Japan and the UK. They gave presentation on their works which were created with inspiration from their research activities. Details about the workshop is available at

Thinking about the Environment through Research on Urban Color Design

Organized by Department of Science of Design in cooperation with Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) (Korea)
Dates November 1 to November 6, 2010
Participants from MAU Akiyo Kobayashi (Professor), Shingo Yoshida (Professor), Manabu Shiraishi (Associate Professor), 14 students
Participants from SKKU 25 students

The theme of the workshop is to investigate how urban color design would influence the landscape. Groups of students from each university conducted field research about environmental colors in Seoul, drew a sample of characteristic colors, and gave presentation about their findings.

Cultural Library: A Style Encyclopedia of Different Aspects of Culture

Organized by Department of Design Informatics in cooperation with Koeln International School of Design (KISD) (Germany) and Central Saint
Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London (CSM) (UK)
Dates October 25 to November 6, 2010
Participants from MAU Tadanori Nagasawa (Professor), Shusuke Eshita (Lecturer), Daisuke Endo (Lecturer), Chihiro Murakami (Lecturer), Ryo
Yamashita (Research Associate), 22 students
Participants from KISD 18 students
Participants from CSM 80 students

This project aims to survey and compile information on lifestyles, social structures, linguistic culture, and styles in the formative arts etc. and build a database as a design education resource. Professors from three universities visited each school and conducted the workshop.

International Workshop with the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture (KARCH) (Denmark)

Organized by Department of Architecture
Participants from MAU: Akiko Takahashi (Professor), Eriko Hayashi (Lecturer), Norihito Maezaki (Research Associate), 48 students
Participants from KARCH: Maria Gomez-Guillamon (Professor), Martin Kock (Professor), 18 students
Dates November 8 to November 13, 2010

The purpose of the workshop is to investigate how the space between houses/buildings influences the architecture. 18 students from KARCH visited Tokyo and went on an excursion to historical residential districts as well as urban districts as part of their field research. They participated in home-stays with Japanese students and experienced their ways of living and residential characteristics in Japan. Details about the workshop is available at

International Workshop with the Royal Institute of Art (KKH) (Sweden)

Organized by Students at the Graduate School major in Sculpture and Imaging Arts
Participants from MAU Noriyuki Shinohara (Professor), Yusuke Toda (Professor), Yasufumi Tomimatsu (Professor), Hitoshi Miura (Professor), 7 students
Participants from KKH Hinrich Sachs (Professor), Miriam Bäckström(Professor), 6 students
Workshop Dates November 10 to November 16, 2010
Exhibition Dates November 16 to November 20, 2010

The purpose of the workshop is to explore what time means for artists and what role time plays in visual arts. Lectures about “time” from four different perspectives, philosophy, physics, sculpture and imaging arts, were delivered and students created their own works based on the theme “10 seconds”. The outcome of the workshop were exhibited at the university.