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

Research seminar

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.

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.  

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.