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TURN Meeting No.11

  • Art Project ,
  • Lecture / Symposium

Thinking about different ways to meet and communicate through various methods and tools

The TURN art project generates artistic expression from encounters that transcend “differences.” In TURN meetings, we think about and discuss possibilities for the TURN project together with a range of guests. Now that the very idea of people gathering is being called into question due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19),for the eleventh TURN meeting we offer the opportunity for deeper insight into diverse communication methods, the relationships between people these methods generate, and the possibilities for those relationships.

In the first half, TURN supervisor Katsuhiko Hibino will talk about the TURN philosophy and approach to dealing with the changes in today’s social conditions and living environment. He will also provide a look at “TURN on the EARTH:I am an echo of the earth,” an exhibition introducing overseas activities developed alongside encounters with different communities and people, as well as discussing innovations and insights with regard to communication using AR (Augmented Reality)and other technologies.
The second half will feature our guest Atsushi Mori, who has been researching communication with deafblind people and deafblind support that uses ICT (information and communications technology). Deafblind-born Mori uses a range of communication methods in his everyday life, such as tactile sign language and electro-mechanical devices for displaying braille characters, Braille terminals and Braille displays. Mori has also fostered dialogue with the help of people like interpreters and supporters. For this TURN meeting, Mori and Hibino’s discussion will explore communication through a variety of methods and the possibilities it holds. The talks will ask fundamental questions about communication with people; how people accept others and attempt to communicate when they meet each other, when they acknowledge others, and when there is physical distance between them. You can also look forward to a performance by Madame Bonjour JohnJ in the break between talks.

For this year’s online TURN meeting, we strive as ever to make the event accessible by utilizing new media and technology, such as sign language, speech-to-text support and audio guides.

*This event will conducted in Japanese.

Meeting schedule

14:00 Doors open
14:00 – 14:15 Opening remarks
14:15 – 14:35
Part 1: Talk: TURN so far, TURN in future: Thinking in line with a changing living environment
With: Katsuhiko Hibino ((TURN Supervisor/artist/ Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts & Professor, Department of Intermedia Art, Tokyo University of the Arts)
14:35 – 14:45 Performance
Performer: Madam Bonjour JohnJ(drag queen)
14:45 – 15:25
Part 2: Interactive discussion: Communication through a variety of methods, and the possibilities it holds
With: Atsushi Mori (Publicist, General Affairs Section, National University Corporation Tsukuba University of Technology), Katsuhiko Hibino
15:25 – 15:30 Closing remarks


Atsushi Mori

(c) Leslie Kee
Madame Bonjour JohnJ

Katsuhiko Hibino


*Advance reservation not required.
*Sign language and speech-to-text support available.

How to view
Available to view on the TURN website.


TURN Operation Headquarters
TEL:03-3824-9039 (10:00-17:15, Excluding weekends and holidays)




Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Nonprofit organization Art's Embrace, Tokyo University of the Arts