Hybrid Art Assignments: Light Art Exhibition

Between Feb. 8 (Mon) and Feb. 14 (Sun), the Hybrid Art Assignment Class Team held an LED Light Art Exhibition, “The Ark in the Woods Art Project: Woods, Light, Water”, in Mishima-machi, Kawai district in the Oku-Aizu region of Fukushima prefecture.
The project is a continuation from last year, and the goal is to artistically visualize and show the world the subject of turning natural energy into electricity, an issue that Japan is dealing with, by employing art and leading-edge technology, and to make a beautiful presentation in Mishima-machi, which is a district with abundant forests and mountains.
The electricity for the exhibition is entirely powered by natural energy generated by micro hydro-power and by stove thermoelectric generators developed in collaboration with an NPO.
This year, also on display were works of light art with mechanical support from Color Kinetics Japan Inc. and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
In preparation for the exhibition, we stayed over night in the area, in November and December of 2015, to conduct surveys of the locality. Since the local people showed us their folk art and farming tools, introduced us to the local history and landscape, we became familiar with the culture of Mishima-machi and were able to incorporate some of the elements in our artwork. Light art in snow country was a first time experience for the participating students, and as they worked through trial-and-error and with the generous support of the local residents and public officials of Mishima-machi, a wonderful exhibition was once again created this year.
A beautiful zone unfolded in Mishima-machi with its natural riches and warmth and light art all in harmony.
(Bekki, 4th Year at School of Art & Design)



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An exhibition introducing last year’s Hybrid Art Assignments will be held.

At the new GALLERY OFF GRID, which opened in Fukushima Prefecture, an exhibition introducing last year’s activities of the Hybrid Art Assignments will be held.
If you are in the vicinity, please come and check it out. (Akagi)

Into the Future of OFF GRID: Issues that Art Raises about Fukushima’s Renewable Energy.
Takuro Osaka x Fumiaki Murakami’s Lab at University of Tsukuba
Dates: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 ~ Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
Time: 10:00 ~ 17:00
Venue: Gallery Off Grid (Fukushima-shi Aramachi, 4-7, Kencho Minami Sai-Ene Bldg. 2F)
Organizer: Gallery Off Grid Managing Committee



Hybrid Art Assignments: Light Art Exhibition at Mishima-machi

Between 1/13 (Tue) and 1/23 (Fri), the Hybrid Art Assignment Class Team held an LED Light Art Exhibition in Mishima-machi in the Oku-Aizu region of Fukushima prefecture. The exhibition was held as part of the Ark in the Woods Art Project, and in collaboration with an NPO that developed the low head hydro-power, the electrical power for the entire artwork was generated by renewable energy. It was an exhibition that was made possible with the support from the local residents of Mishima-machi and the government given to the students’ production of the artworks. (Iida)


Notice about ”Creative Reconstruction Program” Orientation Session

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An overall orientation session for the “Creative Reconstruction Program” will be carried out. Those of you who are thinking of taking the following classes, or are interested in the Creative Reconstruction Program, please come and attend. We will give you a summary of the “Creative Reconstruction Program” classes as well as about last year’s activities and about new projects that will begin this year. (Akagi)
Date & Time: Apr. 10 (Thursday), 18:15 – 19:15

Place: 5C216

List of Classes for “Creative Reconstruction Program”

Creative Reconstruction Special Assignments I (01EB081)
Creative Reconstruction Off-Campus Special Assignment I (01EB082)

Creative Reconstruction Special Course on Art Theory (01EB083)

Creative Reconstruction: Psychological Support After Crisis (Y505101・HB21131)

Creative Reconstruction: Vision Formulation I (Y505201・AC42161・AC63541)
Creative Reconstruction: Catastrophe & Art(Y505401)

Creative Reconstruction: Vision Formulation Assignments (Y635102・AC42182・AC63562・FH53072)

Creative Reconstruction: Off-Campus Challenge Assignments (Y635202)

Creative Reconstruction: Science Visualization Assignments (Y635302)
Creative Reconstruction: Hybrid Art Assignments (Y635402)
Creative Reconstruction: Problem Finding/Solving Exercises (Y635502)

Creative Reconstruction: Off-Campus Challenge Special Assignments (Y635602)

Performance by Hybrid Art Assignments students

A performance will be put on by the Hybrid Art Assignments students on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the 6A Entrance Gallery.  An exhibition will also be held at the gallery from the same day until Sunday, Jan. 26.  Please come and see them.  (Akagi)
Performance: “A Farewell Party for the Fukushima
Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant”
Date & Time: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 18:30-
Venue:  6A Entrance Gallery
*The exhibition from Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, until 13:00 on Sunday, 26th


Showing of Video by Hybrid Art Assignments 2012

Hybrid Art Assignments, a course that opened in 2012, has filmed the first oyster harvest since the earthquake at Oshika Peninsular, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, and created a documentary video and CF. We invite you to watch them.
Producers: Sayaka Ishikawa (3rd Year at School of Art & Design), Shion Ohoka (3rd Year at School of Art & Design), Tatsuya Ishikawa (3rd Year at School of Informatics), Kazuhiro Kumada (2nd Year at School of Informatics)

Creative Reconstruction: Exhibit of Hybrid Art Accomplishments

Starting from today, we are holding an exhibit of the accomplishments from the Creative Reconstruction: Hybrid Art Assignments. We hope you will all come and check it out.
Date & time: March 8 (Fri) to 13 (Wed), 2013 9:00 – 19:00. Venue: University of Tsukuba, 30th Anniversary Hall. Entry fee: free
Inquiries: University of Tsukuba, School of Art & Design, Murakami Research Lab

Psychological Care & Support in the Aftermath of Disaster

Pr. Takahashi and Pr. Kashimura from the medical department gave a lecture that tackled the topic of “The supporting activities of the stricken areas and how they should involve preserving healthy psychological conditions”.
By discussing concrete cases of symptoms, Pr. Kashimura offered very useful and easy-to-understand examples.
Many students participated in the presentation meeting. We hope that this will lead us to the implementation of meaningful project. (Kataoka)