Students gather from around the world, engage in a mutual exchange of opinions on the contemporary situation, and actively question the present—not as bystanders but as actors who understand the cultural backdrop, bring forth ideas and initiate diverse changes, expressions, attitudes, and actions toward a completely new art. GAP is a critical incubator for artistic expression that transcends national borders, and it is a free and experimental space where tradition and contemporary expressions of the world intertwine. The contemporary role of art education is to tear apart, from within, the self-protective and self-restrictive “cocoon” of discourses and values systems, and cultivate future leaders who can question human existence through artistic expression from a free horizon. We look forward to welcoming motivated, curious and active students into this new program.
If people of various nationalities, cultures, and languages could share a space for a period of time, what kind of encounters would they experience? How would they traverse one another, think, and act? It is a simple question, but to test whether or not we can recognize contemporaneity, and create an image (substance) in response to the present, will be a grand experiment. I would like our students to experience the future through participating in a wide range of curricula and projects. GAP is their first site of experimentation.
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where they create
To be global, is perhaps to be objective. GAP is about the ways in which we perceive Japan’s, Asia’s, and the Earth’s present, and pursue inquiries together with students from universities abroad. It will be a place of active involvement, discovery, and action.
If we can transcend language and culture through art and understand one another, nothing would be more wonderful. We consider our work to be the translation and application of art for those in the world who are outside of this field. That must be what it means to create a piece. Today, the art scenes in our world have become multipolarized: nothing new is created in the dispersed areas. I believe it is in spaces where people of various backgrounds gather and work together, that new values can be born.
Shihoko Iida［Associate Professor］
GAP offers opportunities for students to study the actual movements and practices of international contemporary art, and the art histories and traditions that have been formed by region-specific methods. Courses are offered not only at our university, but also at art universities abroad through our joint program. There, in addition to encountering new people and cultures, students gain various knowledge, discover inquiries, and may even experience conflicts at times. As Susan Sontag stated, our major recognizes that “…there’s more in the world than me.” GAP cultivates critical viewpoints necessary for artists living in the contemporary global society, and personal artistic philosophies on what it means to practice art in society.
This major brings together students of various nationalities, artistic fields, and backgrounds, and prepares them to be future artists and researchers. The joint curricula with universities abroad and social practice courses with a global perspective on contemporary society provide the flexibility, breadth, and enriching content for work production and research. The wide range of studios, a distinctive feature of Toride campus, are open to students for use in GAP practicums and as work spaces, and helps form an understanding of materials while aiding the acquisition of specialized techniques and principles.