CSRP 2015
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【Between Arts and Science / 科学と芸術の狭間】

Time and Date: 13:00, Sunday, September 20, 2015 【Day2Day3 Japanese

Place: International Conference Room, National Olympics Memorial Center, Yoyogi, Tokyo

Today, more than ever before, science serves the strategies of power in politics and the economy: bio-engineered seed politics, sophisticated drones terror, biochemics to stimulate addiction for sugar and fat, hard- and software-assisted financial speculation and game theory in support of political and economic policy are but a few examples. While sterile seeds, sugar, fat, drones and financial speculation manifest in the public sphere and are thus fortunately eligible to social critique, mathematical modelling of human behaviour and societal dynamics at the service of politics and the market may be called the undercover operations of science. Although these game theory operations are not entirely useless and may not cause direct harm to humans per sé, their detached and often cynical rationalisations of who we are and what we believe, hope and fear may be example of the sadness of how important groups of people see the world today. Against the obsession with rational approaches to total social organisation stands the insight that complexity simply implies giving people the right to participate in making sense of that complexity. We don’t need models, formulas or numbers to defend that insight, only science, economics and politics with the courage to be enlightened by that ‘fourth dimension’.
*Excerpted from the Intro text for the film “A Journey into the Land of the 4th Dimension (concept and direction by Gaston Meskens)

Concept note: Integration of wisdom

The 17th century--scientific procedures acquired, continuing on to the present. Dawn of the modern era.
A holy war giving rise to a new god called Object.
Thus began a process of Science acquiring procedures leading to a universal truth, as natural philosophy was detached from art.
From the 19th into the 20th centuries, art and science almost broke away from the aristocratic patronage--only to see the loss of larger truth ensue as the market overwhelmed artistic independence and the industry-boosted scientific technology robbed science of philosophy.
Vulnerability of life bares itself now as economy, industry and politics, along with ignorant masses and experts, threaten the independence of science, art and philosophy.

Is integration of wisdom a necessary future?

Day1 Participating artists and speakers: listed in random order.

TANGE Kouki (videos and installations, NOddIN)
NAGAHATA Koji (soundscapes, Fukushima University)
SHODA Yukihiro (videos, NOddIN)
TANI Ichiro (videos, NOddIN)
Cécile BRICE (collages, Centre national de la recherche scientifique)
YOSHIMURA Shuichi (exhibition, NOddIN)
HIRAI Yuta (moderator, Yuta-man)
OSHIDORI Mako and OSHIDORI Ken (exhibition and disscussant. L.C.M Press)
Kazuma GLEN (dancer)
WATANABE Koichi (artist, Fukushima University)
Cris UBERMANN (videos)
506 (videos)
Gaston MESKENS (philosophy, M..E..T..A..S..P..E..C..T)
KAGEURA Kyo (discussant, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, University of Tokyo)
KODAMA Tatsuhiko (discussant, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo)
Shing02 (lecture and discussant)

Day1 Exibitions

“On An Earth @ Fukushima” A map of Fukushima, 90x120x60
“On An Earth of Japan” Cracked lacquer, 180cm diameter & 60 cm high
Film “Black and Red” 12 minutes
Nuclear reactor
TANGE Kouki:
Truth TV #1
Cécile BRICE:
SEN-DIE Nuclear Unit 1

Day1 Timetable

13:00 ~13:30

Doors open

13:30 ~13:40

Dance performance
Between Lies and Harmony

13:40 ~14:45

Film screenings
『Fukushima Soundscape: 2011 - 2015』
『Black and Red』
『A letter to the future』

14:45 ~15:45

Introduction of the exhibited works and artist discussion (moderated by TANGE Kouki)
SHODA Yukihiro (videos, NOddIN)
TANI Ichiro (videos, NOddIN)
Cris UBERMANN (videos)
Kazuma GLEN (dancer)

15:45 ~16:15


16:15 ~17:45




Title of the speech




On An Earth



What can be learned from how the Fukushima soundscape changed after the nuclear power plant accident?



[BOKU TO KAKU (The Atom and I)]



Panel discussion (moderated by HIRAI Yuta)
NAGAHATA Koji (Fukushima University)
WATANABE Koichi (Fukushima University)
Gaston MESKENS (M..E..T..A..S..P..E..C..T)
TANGE Kouki (NOddIN)
KODAMA Tatsuhiko (Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Tokyo)
KAGEURA Kyo (Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, University of Tokyo)
OSHIDORI Mako (L.C.M. Press)