慶應義塾大学アート・センター Keio University Art Center

Research

Research Seminars and Projects

Butoh: A Body Over the Edge

土方巽の《禁色》(1959)発表から半世紀が過ぎ、舞踏は国や地域を越えた広がりを見せています。世界の各地でパフォーマンスやワークショップが開催されているほか、様々な研究者により舞踏研究が行われています。

「舞踏:越境する身体」では、舞踏の実践や研究の国際的な状況を調査し、国内の動向と接続することを目指しています。また同時に、慶應義塾大学アート・センターの土方巽アーカイヴで行われている研究活動の、より積極的な国際発信を行います。

Keio University Art and Architecture Open Days

慶應義塾のキャンパスに存在する建築物や彫刻、絵画などの芸術作品を、マップを片手に巡る見学会。
現在、建築を中心とした「建築プロムナード——建築特別公開日 」、屋外彫刻などの美術作品も対象とする「アート・プロムナード」の2シリーズを開催しています。

Video Information Center and Documentation of Art in 1970s Japan

This project aims at archiving the tape library and other resources of Video Information Center (VIC), and investigating the activities of VIC.
The VIC tape library consists of approximately 1,200 tapes recording performances, exhibitions,symposiums in 1970-80s, such as: Interview with Jiro Takamatsu at his studio, Interview with Nam June Paik, Kishio Suga Event (1975).

Activity report (PDF, Japanese and English)

Cultural Narrative of a City

Minato City is at once an international centre, rich in contemporary culture, and at the same time an area full of historial sites of interest, temples, shrines, and long-established businesses. The project “Cultural Narrative of a City” aims to access the dynamic axis that runs historically through Minato city.

Drawing connections between the old and new cultural resources of the city and the research activities that surround these resources, we hope to support current and future artistic and cultural activities, and at the same time to deepen the cultural tourism of the city. 

Contemporary Art Research Seminar

The Art Center takes a number of approaches to the various problems relating to contemporary art and to the relationship between art and society. The archives we manage also contain a number of materials relating to contemporary art. Our main seminars aim to research various issues relating to contemporary art through cooperative exchanges between the people onsite – its artists and curators. Finally, we engage in researching and investigating the theory and the practice of archiving contemporary art materials.  

Arts Management Education

We discuss issues and concerns with the current state of arts management, inviting researchers from within and outside the university, as well as arts managers, and managers of public corporations, in order to develop a model for our research curriculum.

Trans Cultural Art Research Seminar

This seminar focuses on the shifts occurring in interdisciplinary arts and performance practices. We engage in related societal issues, such as identity, through analyzing model groups of practicing artists within the contemporary cultural scene.

Forms of Sensation Research Seminar

We consider various issues relating to contemporary society: the implications of electronic media imagery, the loss of reality that occurs when flooded by representations, and the danger this poses to the consciousness. In particular, we consider the serious implications to those born and raised within this contemporary environment. Various factors are contributing to the gradual loss of our “sensibility of living.” In the face of such a reality, we have to consider how we can facilitate this “sensibility of living” through the use of representational or image techniques, such as art, music, and design. With these various issues in mind, the seminar aims to cross genre-boundaries, without taking recourse to traditional educational frameworks. It seeks out the possibility for communication between previous and contemporary experiences of living, using art as its medium.

Archival Theory Research Seminar

This seminar began in July 2008, with a handful of archivists and literary specialists from Keio University Art Center wanting to consider “the conceptual notion of constructing an archive."

Yui Shoichi Seminar “Expanding Jazz”

This seminar makes use of documents from the Shoichi archive to trace the history of jazz. It opens its doors to jazz enthusiasts as well as specialists, and examines contemporary jazz as well as Shoichi’s outlook on jazz. These seminars are held twice quarterly, or six times in a year.

SHOW-CASE project

小規模かつ多岐にわたる場所で展開可能な新しい展示プロジェクト。展示ケースという小さな展示空間を作家と演出すると同時に、作家と協力して印刷物を発行する試みです。