130th Anniversary of the Kyoto City University of Arts
  Trouble in Paradise/Medi(t)ation of Survival


© Shiro Matsui
© Shiro Matsui

Trouble in Paradise/Medi(t)ation of Survival, held in connection with the 130th anniversary of the Kyoto City University of Arts, is an exhibition that introduces twelve projects developed in Japan and abroad that challenge cutting-edge themes of the present day, such as artistic approaches to life, medical science, the environment, and outer space.  Artists, scientists, and activists will engage in a cross-sectoral exchange aiming to rearrange discrete and seemingly unrelated themes—such as space travel, developmental disorders, genetic engineering, dementia, gardens, and neuroscience—in new relations to one another that make mutual interaction and dialogues possible.   The new relationships and viewpoints proposed in this exhibition will not only enable us to rethink the experiences and social systems that are familiar to us but also strongly encourage the reconstruction of basic concepts related to ‘existence/survival,’ such as ‘humans/time/space.’
     Various events will be held over the course of this exhibition, including workshops that enable visitors to collect/create living knowledge through direct contact with the artistic process as well as an international symposium that explores new relationships between life/the environment/outer space/medical science and art.   There will also be opportunities to experience works intended for those with dementia or autism, thus presenting a forum for dialogue questioning the meaning of art/art appreciation/education and medical science.   Also, the Lake Biwa Canal—a symbol of the modernization of Kyoto in the Meiji era—will be addressed from a contemporary point of view, making it the site for fieldwork that forms meta-level connections between the individual projects.

(‘Medi(t)ation of Survival’ Project Team)


Floor plan: 3F PDF (1.51MB)
The exhibition will also be installed on the ground floor.  Floor plan in Japanese only.


Writing utensils are allowed in this exhibition.
Cameras are allowed in this exhibition.
Discount available for repeat visitors to this exhibition.

Individual project details
Related events


Exhibition dates
Friday, July 9 – Sunday, August 22, 2010
Closed on Mondays
Exception: Open on July 19 (Mon./holiday), closed on July 20 (Tue.)

Hours
Regular hours
     9:00AM–5:00PM (admission until 4:30PM)

Evening hours (every Friday)
     9:30AM–8:00PM (admission until 7:30PM)


Organizer
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

Special cooperation
Kyoto City University of Arts

Cooperation
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Department of Human Health Science, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University
Hall of Global Environmental Research, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University
University of Michigan
Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts
Department of Intelligent Machines and System Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, Hirosaki University
Shakai Igaku Gijutsu Gakuin
Shimadzu Corporation
OMRON Corporation
Hitachi, Ltd.
Kyoto City Waterworks Bureau
Heian Jingu Shrine
The Museum of Kyoto
Peshawar-kai
Nippon Basic Co., Ltd.
Estim Co., Ltd.
Sosaku Kenchiku Kobo Daigo
Matsuo Komusho Co., Ltd.
Yoshii Komuten Co., Ltd.
Color Kinetics Japan Incorporated
Kenchiku Shokai Co., Ltd.
Mitsuda Structural Consultants
Mitsubishi Electric Life Service Corporation
‘Nishiyama no Sato’ Group Home

Support
Embassy of the United States in Japan
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Japan
Inamori Foundation
Shiseido Co., Ltd.


Project participants
“Medi(t)ation of Survival” project team (Tomoaki Ishihara, Akihiko Inoue, Akiko Kasuya, Toshie Kakinuma, Satoru Takahashi, Masayuki Towata, Kodai Nakahara, Katsushige Nakahashi, Shiro Matsui, Koichi Mori)
Department of Human Health Science, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University (Motomi Toichi, Akitoshi Seiyama, Yumi Saito, Hiroshi Yamane)
Yukihiro Morimoto (Hall of Global Environmental Research, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University)
Temple Grandin (Colorado State University; Animal Science; Autism)
David Dunn (Biomusic)
Critical Art Ensemble (State University of New York; Media Activism)
Susana Soares (artist)
University of Michigan
Artur Żmijewski (artist)


© Takeshi Maeda
© Takeshi Maeda

© Susana Soares
© Susana Soares


Admission
  Day of admission Advance Group (20 or more)
Adult 850 700 600
University students 450 350 250
High school students,
children under 18
Free Free Free

Advance tickets: Ticket Pia (P code: 764-231), Lawson (L code: 53178),
other major ticket vendors and convenience stores
Discount available for repeat visitors to this exhibition.
Please present your ticket stub from a previous visit for admission at the group rate.


Related events
130th Anniversary of the Kyoto City University of Arts
International symposium: “Creative Engagement/Medi(t)ation of Survival”
July 10 (Sat.), 2010  Part 1: Life/Environment/Art
July 31 (Sat.), 2010  Part 2: Space/Health Care/Art
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto  1F Lecture hall
Free admission, maximum capacity 100
Organizer: Kyoto City University of Arts and The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
in English with Japanese translation or in Japanese only

Lecture: Terunobu Fujimori “Earth and Architecture” (tentative title)
July 30 (Fri.), 2010  6:00PM–
Lecturer: Terunobu Fujimori (historian of architecture; architect)
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto  1F Lobby>
Free admission, maximum capacity 200
in Japanese only

Lecture: Dr. Tetsu Nakamura
August 8 (Sun.), 2010  2:00PM–
(numbered tickets distributed 1:00PM–)
Lecturer: Tetsu Nakamura (physician; head of the Peshawar-kai)
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto  1F Lobby
Free admission, maximum capacity 200
in Japanese only

Workshop: Microphone construction + field work
July 11 (Sun.), 2010 Instructor: David Dunn (project participant; biomusician, USA)
Organizer: Kyoto City University of Arts
in Japanese only


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Related links
Preparatory weblog: “REPORT on Trouble in Paradise”
     http://report-on-tip.blogspot.com/
in Japanese only



Publicity materials
Poster (B2) design proposal

On the final poster, the green text is printed in silver (see flyer).
(2010/05/28)

Poster (B3) design proposal

On the final poster, the green text is printed in silver (see flyer).
(2010/05/31)



Flyer PDF (0.97MB)

(2010/06/15)


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