Yokohama Round invites experts from various fields for a roundtable discussion, conducting several rounds of dialogues and discussions. It kicked off in January 2017 prior to the opening of the Yokohama Triennale and will conclude at the closing of the Yokohama Triennale 2017.
“Islands” is the key theme of Round 3. If the conventional worldviews are considered as “continental,” “islands” may be considered be a different view from the conventional one―a view of the alternative thinkings, values and systems. In this round of discussions, we invite experts who suggest new worldviews or perspectives in the fields of art, history, society and medicine.
Dr. YOSHIMI Shunya (Scholar of Sociology, Cultural Studies and Media Studies / Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, The University of Tokyo)
Dr. INABA Toshiro (Medical Doctor / Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Internal Medicine Department, Tokyo University Hospital)
MAP Office (Artist)
MAP Office is a multidisciplinary platform devised by Laurent Gutierrez (1966, Casablanca, Morocco) and Valérie Portefaix (1969, Saint-Étienne, France). This duo of artists/architects has been based in Hong Kong since 1996, working on physical and imaginary territories using varied means of expression including drawing, photography, video, installations, performance, and literary and theoretical texts. Their entire project forms a critique of spatio-temporal anomalies and documents how human beings subvert and appropriate space. Humour, games, and fiction are also part of their approach, in the form of small publications providing a further format for disseminating their work. Their cross-disciplinary practice has been the subject of a monograph, MAP OFFICE – Where the Map is the Territory
(2011), edited by Robin Peckham and published by ODE (Beijing). Early 2013, Map Office was the recipient of the 2013 edition of the Sovereign Asian Art Prize.
INABA Toshiro (Medical Doctor/ Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Internal Medicine Department, Tokyo University Hospital)
Born in Kumamoto in 1979, he is a medical doctor and works at Cardiovascular Internal Medicine Department, Tokyo University Hospital as assistant professor. He graduated from the faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo in 2004 and got the Doctor of Medical Science at Graduate School of Medicine (Internal Medicine), The University of Tokyo in 2014. Specialized in congenital heart disease and catheter treatment as internal treatment of hearts at the Hospital, he also visits patients in their homes for home care every week. As manager of alpine club of the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, he works as an alpine rescue doctor during the summer. To foster an environment for medical diversity and harmony, his expertise is wide, practicing not only Western medicine but also traditional medicine, complementary therapy and folk medicine. He organizes workshops to study Ishinpo
, the earliest medical book edited in Heian period and designated as a national treasure. He studies Nogaku, based on his belief that wisdom of mind/body had been elevated to art, performing art, beauty and “truth,” and harmony of mind/body had played a role of preventive care in ancient Japan. He has engaged in dialogues aimed at connecting traditional performing art, art, music, folklore, agriculture, etc., for medicine and society in future.
YOSHIMI Shunya (Scholar of Sociology, Cultural Studies and Media Studies / Professor, Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, The University of Tokyo)
Born in Tokyo in 1957, YOSHIMI Shunya is a professor at the University of Tokyo’s Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies (III). He graduated from the university’s College of Arts and Sciences, and subsequently completed the doctoral coursework of the Graduate School of Sociology. His research spans sociology, cultural studies, and media studies. His past teaching positions include associate professor at the University of Tokyo Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies, associate professor and currently full professor at the university’s Institute of Socio-Information and Communication Studies. He has also served in multiple positions at The University of Tokyo, including Dean of the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies from 2006 to 2008; Director of the University of Tokyo Newspaper; Vice President; Director of the Educational Planning Office; Director of the Center for the Development of Global Leadership Education; Vice Director of the University Archive; Director of the III’s Center for Contemporary Korean Studies. He studies contemporary Japanese pop culture, everyday life, and cultural politics from the perspective of dramaturgy. His major works include Dramaturgy of the Urban
(Kawade Bunko), The Politics of Exposition
(Kodansha Gakujutsu Bunko), Cultural Sociology in the Media Age