Kinji Akagawa is a famous public artist and a holder of McKnight Prize in the United States who designed a peace bridge in Minneapolis. In this term, he will produce benches at the top flour of newly constructed building at a courtyard in the main building with students from November 20th to December 18th. Students are required to participate this project by designing and making a bench in a small group under his guidance. Thus the skills of handing wood and other materials are preferable for participants. Those who are willing to attend a class are required to submit a short note including his or her reasons to attend a class and his or her past experiences about making arts and producing goods by 20th of September to the center for the study of world civilizations. The maximum number of participants will be limited due their skills.
To understand contemporary art world with special emphasis on dialogue community art conception and to implement this idea in making benches.
1. The lecture will be contextualized to speak about the issues of de-specialization of art.
2. The lecture will be structured to open a dialogue from subjective experiences into intersubjective experiences.
3. Work samples with a slide show.
Plan of workshop
1. 20th of November 1320-1705hours
2. 23rd of November 1030-1905horus
3,4,5 4,11,18th of December 1320-1905 hours All perticiapnts are required to make a real bench in couryard of main building.
a. "Building Dwelling Thinking" from the book "Basic Writings" by Martin Heidegger
b. "Philosophy on the way to Ecology" from the book "The Spell of the Sensuous" by David Abram
c. Toward a Philosophy of the Act" by M. M. Bakhtin
d. "Eye and Mind" from the book "The Primacy of Perception" by Maurice Merleau-Ponty
none but it is preferable to take modern art workshop A or B.
After the completion of the contemporary art workshop;
a. presentation of completed studio work
b. appropriateness of the use of techniques and materials
c. overall presentation of ideas to the whole class
Final presentation of the critique session with the invited guest professors (Professors Yasuda and Hidano)