“Tactile and Art” Talk & Workshop Series Announcement

Creative Art Executive Committee
“Tactile and Art” Talk & Workshop Series Announcement
We will hold the 3rd installment of the well-received “Tactile and Art” dance and art project that nurtures diversity.
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Since 2019, the Creative Arts Executive Committee has continued the “Dance and Art Project to Foster Diversity” as a commissioned project by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. As part of this, we will hold the third talk and workshop event on the theme of “touch and art,” which was well received last year. This time, two programs will be held at 3331 Arts Chioda in February 2023, “Life and Tactile” and
“Appreciating Tactile Art”. (*Online delivery available). In this “tactile sense and art” program, we actively invite people with visual impairments to participate. Please join us.
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Touch and Art Workshop & Talk Series
Is art something that can only be appreciated visually?
The “Sense of Touch and Art” workshop and talk series is an effort to create opportunities to capture and explore the world through the sense of touch, in a modern society where the sense of sight is dominant. Through talks with experts in various fields and workshops by artists, we will deepen our thoughts on the significance of creating and appreciating works that are conscious of the sense of touch. We welcome guests who are active in the front lines of fields related to touch, life, technology, and art, and develop a variety of talks and mini workshops.

1, [Life and Tactile Workshop & Talk]
Shinichi Fukuoka (Biologist, Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University) × Junji Watanabe (Senior Distinguished Researcher, Human Information Research Department, NTT Communication Science Laboratories) Date: February 5, 2023 (Sunday) 13:30-16:30
Venue: Arts Chiyoda 3331 Room B104
Participation fee: 2,500 yen for sighted/sighted participants (on-site registration for sighted people has been closed), 1,000 yen for visually impaired people
Online delivery / sighted 1,500 yen, visually impaired free
How to applyPlease apply from Peatix. https://peatix.com/event/3457452 Biologist Shinichi Fukuoka, who perceives life phenomena as dynamic equilibrium, and Junji Watanabe, who conducts research on sharing the sense of touch through technology, will interpret the sense of touch from the broad perspective of “life.” In addition, a mini-workshop will be held using the “experience device with the theme of tactile sensation” developed by Mr. Watanabe and others. In “Heart Picnic”, you hold a small box in your hand that vibrates in sync with your own heartbeat, feel the workings of your own life through touch, and exchange heartbeats before exchanging business cards with others. do the experience. In addition, in ≪Tactile Legend≫, we will consider the possibility of new communication created by the sense of touch by transmitting vibrations to remote people in addition to images and sounds.
2, [Workshop & talk about tactile art appreciation]
Yohei Nishimura (Artist, Professor Emeritus, Japan Women’s University) × Takayuki Mitsushima (Artist, Acupuncturist) × Kenjiro Hosaka (Director, Shiga Prefectural Museum of Art)
Date: February 25, 2023 (Sat) 13:30-16:30
Venue: Arts Chiyoda 3331 Room B106
Participation fee: 2,500 yen for sighted participants, 1,000 yen for those with visual impairments
Online delivery/sighted 1,500 yen, visually impaired free; online delivery available
How to applyPlease apply from Peatix. https://peatix.com/event/3457454 In recent years, the number of tactile appreciation activities has increased, but what kind of impact does the act of touching artworks have on the appreciation of artworks other than being perceived visually? We will have a discussion on how to appreciate art by hand, relying on senses other than sight.
A mini workshop will be held by Mr. Yohei Nishimura, who has been leading workshops with visually impaired people for many years. In the talk, Mr. Nishimura, who is also active internationally as an artist, Mr. Takayuki Mitsushima, who continues to present as an artist with visual impairment, and the director (director) of the Shiga
Prefectural Museum of Art from 2021, a person with disabilities including appreciation. Kenjiro Hosaka, who has a deep knowledge of art and cultural activities, will give a cross-talk.
■ Profile of speakers
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Shin-Ichi Fukuoka (Biologist, Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University) Born in Tokyo in 1959. Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University and visiting professor at Rockefeller University in the United States. Producer of Osaka Kansai Expo (EXPO 2025) theme project “Knowing Life”. Received the Suntory Prize for Arts and Sciences, bestsellers with over 880,000 copies, “Between living things and non-living things” (Kodansha Gendai Shinsho) and “Dynamic Equilibrium”
(Kirakusha). He has published many works that reconsider the theory of equilibrium. He is also known to be a big fan of Vermeer. His recent publications include Life Ocean Current GALAPAGOS (Asahi Publishing) and Yukugawa no Flow is Dynamic Equilibrium (Asahi Shimbun
Publishing).
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Junji Watanabe (Senior Distinguished Researcher, Human Informatics Research Department, NTT Communication Science Laboratories) Born in 1976. Conducts research on human tactile mechanisms and communication from the perspective of human information science. In addition, we are exploring methodologies for fostering empathy and trust between people and realizing a well-being society. His main publications include Tactile Intelligence that Generates Information (Kagaku Dojin, 2014, Mainichi Publishing Culture Award-Natural Science Category-Awarded), Expressing Cognitive Science (Shinyosha, 2020), and Informational World (co-author, NTT Publishing, 2019), “Invisible Sports Encyclopedia” (co-authored, Shobunsha, 2020), and “To create our well-being” (co-authored and edited, BNN, 2020).
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Yohei Nishimura (Artist, Professor Emeritus, Japan Women’s University) Born in Kyoto in 1947. Graduated from the Department of Arts, Faculty of Education, Tokyo University of Education. Many exhibitions have been presented both in Japan and overseas, showing works that highlight the differences in materials through the firing process. In addition to creating his own works based on themes such as sight, touch, and hearing, he is also involved in the creative activities of people with disabilities and various other people, and holds numerous workshops. In 1977, he won the Foreign Minister’s Prize at the Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition. Until March 2018, Professor at Japan Women’s University, Department of Children’s Studies. Received the 2022 Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Award for 2022.
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Takayuki Mitsushima (artist, acupuncturist)
Born in Kyoto in 1954. Lives and works in Kyoto. Blindness around the age of 10. After graduating from the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Letters, Otani University, he opened an acupuncture and moxibustion clinic. While making a living from acupuncture and moxibustion, he started making clay sculptures in 1992, and in 1995 he started producing “tactile paintings” using drafting line tape and cutting sheets. In 1998, he won the Grand Prize and Silver Prize at the ’98 Art Paralympics Nagano. Since 2012, he has been exploring new methods of expression such as tactile collage, and the production of tactile continuous paintings in collaboration with other artists.
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Kenjiro Hosaka (Director, Shiga Prefectural Museum of Art)
Born in 1976. After graduating from Keio University Graduate School, worked as a curator at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo from 2000 to 2020, and has been in his current position since 2021. Major exhibitions he has curated include “Francis Bacon Exhibition” (2013) and “Human Talent: Creating and Living” (2022). Major works include “Art Brut Art Japan” (supervision, Heibonsha, 2013). He is also a member of the Agency for Cultural Affairs and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s Advisory Committee for the Promotion of Cultural and Artistic Activities for Persons with Disabilities, and a member of the Art Promotion Working Group of the Cultural Economy Subcommittee of the Council for Cultural Affairs.

[Related programs]
Appreciation workshop
Facilitator: Kenjiro Hosaka (Shiga Prefectural Art Director/Director) Koki Kurokawa’s work to touch and appreciate @ Kobayashi Gallery We will touch and appreciate the works of Koki Kurokawa, who has continued to create while contemplating the reality and materiality of things that appear, and the sense of touch.
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2023 13:30-16:00
Venue: Kobayashi Gallery (3-8-12 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Participation fee: sighted 2,000 yen, visually impaired 1,000 yen Capacity: 7-8 people
Commissioned by Agency for Cultural Affairs
“FY2020 Project to Promote Cultural and Artistic Activities by Persons with Disabilities”
Organizer: Agency for Cultural Affairs Creative Arts Executive Committee [Application/Inquiry]
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