In addition to our own research staff and curators, we engage a number of outside specialists in developing long and short-term projects and research seminars relating to specific themes. The outcome of which can be seen in our symposia, publications, and exhibitions.
- Introduction to Archives XI: TAKEMIYA INVITATIONS
- Lecture: Alan Yaffe "Changing Challenges to Managing the Arts in the United States: Origins and History"
- SHOW-CASE project No.0: Motohiro Tomii "Blind Composition"
- [Lecture] Expanding Jazz WINTER 2013
- アーツ・マネジメント事業「日本のアーツ・マネジメント教育の歴史記録」第3回委員会 開催
Research Seminars and Projects
- Butoh: A Body Over the Edge
- Keio University Art and Architecture Open Days
- 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).
- 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.
- Genetic Engine
In 1998, Keio University Art Center (KUAC) opened Hijikata Tatsumi Archive, which has served as a model for our “Genetic Engine” and led us to work on art archive. As it marks the 25th anniversary this year, we are planning a series of events and publications to review and reconstruct the system of “Genetic Engine.”
Art archive can be regarded as “Genetic Engine.” Memory of an individual or an organization is quasi-material, but it essentially stays inside them. In contrast, record is externalized memory, where memory have contact with record. At this point arises an archive. Integrating the genetic elements of past event, archive re-generates them in new, various perspectives. In this sense, we call archive “Genetic Engine.”
Our attempt to revise "Genetic Engine" will be made in various field, e.g. exhibitions, publications, a symposium. We are looking forward to your participation.
- 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
- Calligraphy and Books of Zen Priests
- Hijikata Tatsumi as Trickster / “Rebellion of the Body”1968--2018
- Visits to Urban Temples: The History and Culture of Affiliated Temples of Zojoji
- KUAC Cinematheque 2 x "Pleating Machine" Issue 1
- Lecture-concert: Stradivarius -- Three centuries of master craftsmanship and musical heritage
- Visits to Urban Temples: Lecture and Zazen (meditation) Workshop at Ryugen-ji Temple