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Learning Lab

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Learning forum for thinking together about ways to enrich everyday life

Learning Lab is a lecture program aimed at creating a cycle in which changes to the cultural ecosystem of communities enrich the life of each. It is being held as part of“Fantasia! Fantasia!: a community where lifestyles are made real,” a project in which the whole city is imagined as a single learning forum. Guests from diverse fields like art, education and urban planning will look at our lives from a different angle than normal, with learning in the community as its focus. By providing group discussion time after each lecture, we hope each participant will input their own experience as we take our time exploring themes.

#01 Kengo Sato “Communities generated by“monozukuri”, the art of manufacturing”

Architect Kengo Sato’s work is based in Tokyo, Fukushima and India, where he works to explore approaches to diverse communities while engaging with local industry and education. He brings to bear not only his experience in professional architecture but also his involvement in seminars and training programs at Takayama Architecture Seminar School and Waseda Bauhaus, where he explored the possibilities of alternative architecture like DIY and self builds. In the Bokuto area too, home to a variety of creators including those working in small scale factories, there exist communities and activities in which the art of manufacturing and way of life are connected to nature. In this first Learning Lab, we will be looking at the relationship between “monozukuri” and communities today.

Date: Saturday, February 9 2019, 15:00 – 17:00
Venue: yahiro8 (10-1, Yahiro 4 chome, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)
Access: 8-minute walk from Yahiro Station, Keisei Oshiage line
Speaker: Kengo Sato (architect)
Guest:Tamonji Koryu Noen (Tamonji community farm)

#02 Kikue Fukami “Rethinking the family”

The existence of a variety of urban communities both big and small is something that represents a valuable opportunity to enrich the local area. Although communities shaped by a common identity and sentiment can be considered as one family, at a time when we often see the word diversity, the shape of the family that we have always taken for granted may also be changing. Communities will require constant dialog as well as common sentiment. Together with Kikue Fukami who studies polyamory, or the practice of engaging in multiple sexual relationships of various sexual orientation, we think about coexistence with people different to ourselves.

Date: Saturday, March 2 2019, 15:00 – 17:00
Venue: Japanese Room, Hikifune Cultural Center, 38-11 Kyojima 1 Chome, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)
Access: 1-minute walk from the Oshiage ticket gate, Keisei Hikifune Station / 4-minute walk from Tobu Hikifune Station / nearest bus stop “Hikifune Cultural Center-mae”
Speaker: Kikue Fukami (researcher in sexuality / family studies)
Guest: Fumiharu Sato, Hiroko Haraguchi (artists)

#03 Mutsumi Imai “Learning for practical life knowledge”

Through what sort of process can we attain “learning” in the first place? Our speaker Mutsumi Imai studies the process by which a child acquires its mother tongue, from the point of view of cognitive science and developmental psychology. Together we unravel the normally unconscious act of learning in order to explore methods to turn learning to your advantage, and look at the face of learning to feature in the “Fantasia! Fantasia!”project going forward.

Date: Sunday, March 10 2019, 16:00 – 18:00
Venue: Nihon Open Bible Kyodan Sumidaseisho Church (3-19-4 Sumida, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)
Access: 7-minute walk from Kanegafuchi Station, Tobu Skytree Line / 9-minute walk from Yahiro Station, Keisei Oshiage Line
Speaker: Mutsumi Imai (cognitive scientist, linguistic psychologist)
Guest: Kohei Sekigawa (artist)


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15 persons each session

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yahiro8, Hikifune Culture Center, Sumida Bible Church


Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Happy Hunch (General Incorporated Association)