International Collaborations 2011-2012

International Workshop with the Royal Institute of Art (KKH)

Period March 26 to March 30, 2012
Participants from MAU Noriyuki Shinohara (Professor), Yusuke Toda (Professor), 7 students majoring in Sculpture and Imaging Arts and Sciences
Participants from KKH Hinrich Sachs (Professor), Miriam Bäckström (Professor), 5 students

Having been postponed for one year due to the occurrence of the Great East Japan Earthquake in March, 2011, this workshop was held in Stockholm, Sweden as a sequel to the one held in November, 2010 in Japan.
The theme of the workshop was “Time traveler”. Students discussed subjective time perception, and created works with diverse methods of expression. Each student showed a distinctively different approach towards the theme, resulting in a great variety of both tangible and intangible works.

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

Period August 22 to August 27, 2011
Participants from MAU Akiko Takahashi (Professor), Eriko Hayashi (Lecturer), 19 students
Participants from KARCH Maria Gomez Guillamon (Professor), Martin Kock(Professor), 10 students

How do differences in residential style arise among cities? Through observations of residential styles in two cities, Tokyo and Copenhagen, students attempted to determine how the city’s cultural context affects its residential style. With their mixed perspectives from two countries, students worked on creating a new residential style which cuts across their cultural differences.
This workshop is a sequel to one held in November, 2010, which took place in Tokyo. This time, 19 students from MAU visited Copenhagen and stayed at KARCH students’ houses. The experience of the home-stay encouraged greater understanding and enhanced the success of this workshop.

Design Exchange Project between Finland and Japan

Period October 23 to October 29, 2011

- Department of Industrial, Interior and Craft Design (MAU)
Akiyoshi Totoki (Professor), Akira Nagatsu (Research Associate), Daijiro Saito (Laboratory Assistant), 5 students

- University of Lapland (Finland)
Minna Uotila (Professor), 15 students

The aim of this project is to learn the essence of Finnish Design, which brings nature into our life, while adopting utilitarianism.
Participants from MAU conducted a workshop which introduces traditional Japanese culture and lifestyle by creating wooden chopsticks and small dishes. Students from both institutions sought to express their own individuality in the highly restricted forms of Japanese chopsticks and small dishes. At the closing of the workshop, students enjoyed Japanese food with their completed works.

Cultural Library 2

Period October 17 to October 22, 2011 (Tokyo), October 31 to November 3, 2011 (London)

- Department of Design Informatics (MAU)
Tadanori Nagasawa (Professor), Shusuke Eshita (Associate Professor)

- Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London (CSM) (UK)
Jane Penty (Stage Leader)

With the progress of internationalization, this project aims to survey and compile information on lifestyles and styles of formative arts in each region to build a global database of design education resources.
Professors of CSM visited MAU and conducted a workshop on the topic of “Sustainability”, while professors of MAU visited CSM and conducted a workshop on the topic of “Street Stalls”, bearing the London Olympics in mind.

Thinking about the Environment through Research on Urban Color Design

Period December 25 to December 28, 2011

- Department of Science of Design (MAU)
Akiyo Kobayashi (Professor), Shingo Yoshida (Professor), Tomoko Nishi (Research Associate), Rikako Yamakawa (Laboratory Assistant), Emi Hatakoshi (Laboratory Assistant), 4 students

- Tunghai University (Taiwan)
Ming Shih, Chen (Associate Professor), 10 students

- National Taiwan University of Arts (Taiwan)
Yu-Chia Chen (Associate Professor), 4 students

The aim of this project is to investigate how historical design, especially traditional color design, influences the modern landscape in Asian countries. Students were divided into groups and conducted presentations based on colorimeter analysis and field research into designs in ancient towns of Lugang.

Tokyo-Melbourne Exchange Project

Period October 23 to November 12, 2011 (Tokyo), February 18 to March 5, 2012 (Melbourne)

- Department of Imaging Arts and Sciences (MAU)
Christophe Charles (Professor), 7 students

- Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia)
Philip Samartzis (Lecturer), Kristen Sharp (Lecturer), Simon Perry (Lecturer), Dominic Redfern (Lecturer)

The aim of this project is to promote cross-cultural communication and to exchange educational experiences of two countries, Australia and Japan.
Participants conducted field recording in both countries, taking up the issues of the educational, social and economic situations in urban and rural areas of each country. With the recorded sounds and images, students created works which reveal the cultural and environmental differences between Australia and Japan, and conducted presentations in Melbourne and Tokyo.