Students and staff from our MA Fine Art course are currently exhibiting new work in a joint exhibition with Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai).
Held in the historic Ritsurin Gardens, the show, Complex Topographies: Movement and Change, is the second iteration of a project initiated last year and forms part of an on-going collaboration between Tokyo Geidai and Central Saint Martins.
Working with students and academics from Tokyo Geidai, the work on show responds to the cultural, social and political changes that are experienced when moving between the two different cultures and follows on from last year’s exhibition, Complex Topographies: The Garden, which brought cross-cultural dialogues and collaborative practices to the fore.
In August, the group of 20 participating artists from Tokyo and London began producing their collaborative art works following two weeks of workshops held at the CSM and led by Art programme staff. Since then, the students have been reunited in Japan where they’ve taken part in public projects working with Takamatsu locals, finalized their artworks and installed the exhibition within the Ritsurin Gardens.
This project was a great opportunity to work as a team in the majestic Ritsurin garden. Being immersed in Japanese culture was a fantastic way to understand the culture and work in different ways: we shared ideas, concepts and language. For me, this experience was about adapting to different situations, opening my mind and being attentive. – Agathe Reille, MA Fine Art student
Susan Trangmar, Reader in Fine Art who co-managed the project described the experience as life changing for the participants who experienced the cultures of the UK and Japan by working closely with partnered students, highly skilled technicians and professors.
To be able to realise a professional exhibition alongside members of staff in such a short period of time was both exciting and challenging and the students are to be congratulated on their achievements.
Presenting a series of artistic cultural exchanges, the exhibition is now open to the public. From next month the show will also feature as part of the Autumn Season of the highly anticipated Setouchi Triennale.