The barrier-free movement aims to improve social environments that people with disabilities find restrictive, and establish a universal society in which both people with disabilities and the able-bodied can function efficiently. The problem lies in the persistent premise by people with disabilities and those without that disabled people must fit into able-bodied society. In February 2015 at Asahi Art Square, the Barrier House Project initiated by artist Haruchi Osaki explored the idea that in fact a life with ‘disabilities’ and ‘barriers’ is richer and more varied than that of an able-bodied person. The project includes the building of a real house in collaboration with architect Shunichi Kasajima.
Born in Tokyo in 1981. In 2014 he finished his doctoral course in research at Tokyo University of the Arts’ Graduate School of Fine Arts. As well as conducting research in the clinical field he produces artworks on the theme of mind and body, developmental rehabilitation and pathology. “Air Tunnel” (2013) is used at child welfare facilities and the like as a tool for development, treatment and education, and examines creativity through new experiences and behaviors.
3331 Arts Chiyoda (Chiyoda City, Tokyo)