Gei-Dai-Go Art Project 2015
8days in daigo,Kindeco Project and others
Gei-Dai-Go Art Project
Gei-Dai-Go Art Project was initiated with the cooperation of Daigo-town, by Tokyo University of the Arts in 2015. The project activities started in collaboration with Silpakorn University (Thailand) and Institut Seni Indonesia Denpasar (Indonesia).
This year, Silpakorn University (Thailand) and Vietnam University of Fine Arts were invited to take part in the conducting of photography and Japanese lacquer workshops, as well as in various activities and exhibitions of oil painting, sculpture, Japanese lacquer and metalwork teams of Tokyo University of the Arts.
Oil painting Team “8days in daigo” 2016
The members of the oil painting department of Tokyo University of the Arts and the painting/drawing department of Silpakorn University stayed in a house in the Daigo-town shopping district for eight days before the festival opening to work on their projects together.
The work is exhibited in various areas of the shopping district, including Machikado Museum, the original site of HAIR＆MAKE lump’s/ daigo cafe, the Daigo cultural welfare hall “Mine”, Yamada Stationary Store, Sarindo, Vegetable Shop Uchida and various other sites.
During the festival, Professor Amnat and five art students from Silpakorn University are holding a workshop: “Cyanotype – Rays of the Sun give us joy and joy gives us inspiration” at Namase junior high school. The produced artwork is being shown at the Daigo cultural welfare hall “Mine”.
Volunteer members from the sculpture department of Tokyo University of the Arts and Silpakorn University are displaying their sculptures at the former Hatsubara elementary school and Okukujicha-no-sato Park. Prior to the production, they had conducted thorough research on the area where the work would be staged. Additionally, the creation of the artwork using the idea of the Daigo-town’s original storing method of rice straw, warabocchi is on display. With the change in rice cultivation methods in recent years, the life and culture that once centered around rice farming is disappearing along with the presence of straw. Like Japan, rice culture is also rooted in Thai culture where Silpakorn University students come from. Between these two countries, challenges they face today are similar in nature. From each different perspective, they create new warabocchi in collaboration.
Metalwork Team “Kindeco Project”
The metalwork team of Tokyo University of the Arts is decorating the shopping district of Daigo-town with sign-arms, wind chimes and wall displays by utilizing the technique of alchemy, metal casting and engraving. Motifs used are patterns such as sparrows and carp which are animals that represent Daigo-town. Each piece has been produced utilizing the unique characteristics of metals. Please discover these different elements of metalwork as you explore the town. Please also enjoy the work of the participating lecturers and students at Share Office (Former Moriyama Photo Shop) .
Japanese lacquer Team
Daigo-town, Ibaraki is a well-known producer of high quality Japanese lacquer trees. In the effort of raising awareness towards Urushi (Japanese lacquer) culture amongst the community, Japanese lacquer craft laboratory group of Tokyo University of the Arts has set out to conduct three programs:
• With students and lecturers from Vietnam University of Fine Arts, the Japanese traditional craft technique of Makie will be introduced through a workshop. It will be held in an attempt to encourage cultural exchange through Urushi.
• A cultural exchange workshop for students of Daigo-town Minami junior high school will be held. The workshop will be conducted in attempts to broaden students’ knowledge of Daigo-town’s production of Japanese lacquer and deepen their appreciation towards Japanese traditional culture.
• The progress of the work by the students and lecturers of Vietnam University of Fine Arts, Japanese lacquer craft laboratory group of Tokyo University of Arts and Minami junior high school students will be exhibited at the hall of Washi Paper Museum in Okukujicha-no-sato Park.