The art team of the project consists of 22 teachers and students from Tokyo University of the arts and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Among them, 10 are from Tokyo University of the arts, led by Professor Toyomi Hoshina, vice president of Tokyo University of the arts and representative of Japan's postMonaha. The members are Ayaka Takagi、Tomoharu Nagashima、Ryo Hashimoto、Izumi Ito、Shu Yan、Aoi Suwa、Mayumi Lake、Michael W·Schneider、Minami Kobayashi、Yuki Tsutsumi, etc. SchooloftheArtInstituteofChicago’ membersareBillieCarter- Rankin、Dan Price、Xiz“i Cecilia”Hua、Alan Labb、Jennifer Traina- Dorge、Chelsea Emaukhagbon、Olivia Alonso Gough、Ferrell Garramone、Elizabeth F Cote、E·Saffronia Downing, etc.
Since 2015, Tokyo University of the Arts has carried out continuous international cooperation with the world-famous art institutions such as the National Academy of Fine Arts in Paris, the London University of the arts and School of the Art Institute of Chicago to jointly practice the "international public art project" course. In 2019, an artist team composed of 22 teachers and students from Tokyo University of the arts and School of the Art Institute of Chicago will hold an international public art project with the theme of " Place out of Time " on the stage of "Shikokumura" of Shikoku Minga Museum, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. This project is not only the teaching practice of contemporary art and public art in two internationally renowned universities, but also the practice of exploring the cultural differences and symbiosis between the East and the west, and the integration of traditional culture and contemporary art. At the same time, the project is also an integral part of the autumn session of Art Setouchi Festival 2019. The project is jointly sponsored by the Ministry of education of Japan and the Kagawa county government.
Kagawa Prefecture is the smallest of the 47 prefectures in Japan. Shikouqi kingdom is one of the ancient Japanese order states. The administrative region faces Seto Inland Sea in the north and Okayama county. The terrain is half moon shaped. The terrain is high in the South and low in the north. It is composed of mountains, plains and islands. The total length of coastline is about 690 km. There are many islands with beautiful scenery. Compared with traditional art creation, public art focuses on solving social problems by artistic language and way, such as people's livelihood and ecology. Publicity is the core value of public art works, which provides a strong impetus and unlimited possibility for the concept of "local remodeling". In addition, participatory, interactive, diverse and regional practice is also an important parameter to judge public art. Therefore, the measurement of the value of public works of art can not only stay in the level of production technology or artistic style, but also can effectively participate in regional construction, reshape local culture and solve practical problems, and finally form an operation mechanism to stimulate and mobilize people's self sustainable and healthy development, so as to promote the integration of creative achievements and social development.
As an integral part of the autumn session of "Setouchi Art Festival 2019", the international public art project " Place out of Time " is a very important opportunity for young artists who are still in the college to participate in art creation with many mature artists. On the one hand, it reflects the high-level art teaching achievements of the two schools, On the other hand, it is also the high expectation of Japanese Society for the cultivation of future artists.
Tokyo University of art offers public art education courses to guide students into the community for art education and creative activities. Through the course setting of art project and the construction of teaching mode, the professional barriers between disciplines and grades are broken, and the boundaries between various professional fields are penetrated. Among them, the "global art joint course" and the first-class art colleges in Europe and America jointly teach, stand at the forefront of global disciplines to build a first-class art college with globalization of higher education. It makes us have further expectation on the infinite possibility of art in the field of public art education.