［イベント情報］Video of 100th International ARC Seminar 'KOBAYASHI, Ichizo: Social and Cultural Projects as the Two Wheels of his Business' (Speaker:Yoshiyuki SENKAI) is available on YouTubeMay 16, 2022(Mon)
The 100th International ARC Seminar, held on April 27, 2022, is now available on YouTube.
The program was as follows:
Topic: KOBAYASHI, Ichizo: Social and Cultural Projects as the Two Wheels of his Business
Speaker: Yoshiyuki SENKAI (Executive Board Member and Director, Itsuō Art Museum; Ichizo Kobayashi Memorial Museum; and Ikeda Bunko, Hankyu Culture Foundation)
We hope you enjoy the video!［イベント情報］April 28, 2022(Thu)
We are pleased to announce the Call for Manuscript Submissions for the Art Research Center's journal ART RESEARCH vol. 23-1, 23-2, and 23-3. The publication has been reborn as an online journal.
As an academic journal specializing in arts and culture, the purpose of ART RESEARCH is to widely publicize the results of the research projects and activities conducted by the Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, and its partner institutions and collaborative researchers.
Since its establishment in 1998, the Art Research Center (ARC) has been selected for several national grants as a center of excellence for research in culture, art, and information science. In FY2019, the center assumed the role as the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art & Culture (ARC-iJAC) upon its accreditation by the MEXT as an International Joint Usage/Research Center. The ARC is highly regarded as a leading hub for the digital archiving of Japanese art and culture.
Our online journal will be published three times per year, and at the end of the fiscal year, a print booklet compiling all contributions will be distributed..
We accept manuscripts anytime as we hope to increase the submission opportunities for researchers.
We look forward to receiving your manuscript.Read more>>［イベント情報］'The Future of Culture: Data Spun to Restore Yamahoko in Virtual Space' was featured in the Yomiuri ShimbunApril 21, 2022(Thu)
On April 16, 2022, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported on the research activities of Professor Ryo Akama, Director of the Art Research Center, to digitize valuable cultural resources.［イベント情報］April 19, 2022(Tue)［イベント情報］ARC-iJAC Project Spotlights: An Interview with Dr. Mohamed Soliman on 'Qait'bay Citadel (1477-1479): Visualizing the Main Coastal Fortification of Medieval Alexandria, Egypt'April 11, 2022(Mon)
Dr. Mohamed Soliman is an Egyptian archaeologist and the Director of the Advanced Studies Unit for Cultural Heritage at the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) in Cairo. While completing his two-year JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Ritsumeikan University's Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage (DMUCH), Dr. Soliman started his research project "Qait'bay Citadel (1477-1479): Visualizing the Main Coastal Fortification of Medieval Alexandria, Egypt" in FY 2021 supported by the ARC-iJAC.
Dr. Soliman, thank you very much for this interview. How was your time here in Japan?
Dr. Soliman: Thank you. Although the pandemic hit us soon after my arrival, and I had to adapt my research plans, I had a rewarding time in Japan. The field of cultural heritage studies, in particular, relies a lot on field data acquisition, so working from home is difficult.
However, I received a lot of guidance from my host professor Keiji Yano* to achieve my research goals, conduct joint research and expand my network within the Japanese research community.
*Professor Keiji Yano (College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University) is a Deputy Director of the Art Research Center.
Could you please tell us why you started the project of visualizing Qait'bay Fort?
Dr. Soliman: Qait'bay Fort, built in the 15th century, is not only considered one of the most significant fortifications in Egypt but along the Mediterranean Sea.
The Fort stands on the same site as the legendary Pharos Lighthouse. However, it is exposed to natural and man-made disasters such as seismic hazards and tsunamis due to this location.
The fire disaster at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in 2019 reminded us of the importance of 3D visualization to preserve and document cultural heritages at risk and make our research outcomes available to scholars and the public alike.
At the same time, the project contributes to the sustainability goals of our local tourism industry, reflected in the Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS): Egypt Vision 2030.
Furthermore, we consider this a prototype project to build bridges of scientific collaboration between Ritsumeikan University, E-JUST** and NRIAG.
**Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST)
How do you feel about the execution of this project until now?
Dr. Soliman: Despite the exceptional circumstances caused by the pandemic, I was able to make a field trip to Egypt, enabling us to collect rich data. A part of the historical data was collected in collaboration with two archaeologists from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA), who will continue to participate in the fieldwork.
Since this project is just a start to creating a virtual tour of Qait'bay Fort, we carried out basic tasks such as determining the advantages of the tools used for data collection and the appropriate software for data processing.
We also held a one-day online workshop 'Digitization of Historical Cities in Egypt and Japan' in November 2021 that showcased the diverse contributions of Japanese and Egyptian institutions in Digital Humanities.
Have you come across particular challenges during the execution of this project?
Dr. Soliman: The fact that Quait'bay Citadel is a tourist site open to visitors and its weather conditions in winter posed a challenge to accurate data collection. We had to arrange the time of fieldwork and duration accordingly.
Furthermore, the rich data we obtained requires more advanced software for data processing than the one I am using. I will tackle this issue in the next phase of the project.
Speaking of the next phase, could you tell us more about your plans for FY 2022?
Dr. Soliman: In line with our main objectives, we will continue to carry out the integrated visualization of Qait'bay Fort to create a panoramic tour based on 3D imaging and consider how it can serve research, education, and tourism promotion purposes. We plan to launch an interactive website dedicated to publicizing the dataset and raising awareness of the importance of visualizing cultural heritages at risk.
In the future, I would like to apply more advanced tools, including drones and terrestrial laser scanners.
Finally, I hope to collaborate with ARC members of the Graduate School of Information Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan, to learn from their experience in the 3D visualization of large-scale cultural heritages in Japan and Indonesia to advance and promote our research agenda further.
We also look forward to continuing working with you. Your project provides a valuable opportunity to strengthen the ties between the ARC, Ritsumeikan University, and our Egyptian partner institutions.
Dr. Soliman: Yes. Under the supervision of Prof. Yano and with the kind support of Ritsumeikan University's President Nakatani***, I am working on facilitating scientific collaboration with the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST).
Professor Mona G. Ibrahim, Dean of the School of Energy Resources, Environmental, and Chemical and Petrochemical Engineering (EECE), has already been involved in this project as Co-Principal Investigator.
Subsequently, I would like to enlarge our network to include NRIAG and the MoTA to strengthen our scientific research relationship, facilitate knowledge exchange, and foster young researchers of the joint partners.
***Professor Yoshio Nakatani, President of Ritsumeikan University, was appointed a member of the E-JUST Board of Trustees in July 2019 and has been deeply involved in the university management.
Dr. Soliman, thank you very much for your time. We are very much looking forward to the further development of your project.
(This interview was conducted by Yinzi Emily Li.)［イベント情報］Online Exhibition 'Encountering Asia: Traveling, Imagination, and Creation of Arts' was held from March 1-31, 2022April 5, 2022(Tue)
The online exhibition 'Encountering Asia: Traveling, Imagination, and Creation of Arts' was jointly held by the Asia-Japan Research Institute, Ritsumeikan University, and the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University from March 1-31, 2022.
Adopted by the Program for Asia-Japan Research Development of the Asia-Japan Research Institute, the project 'Creation of Asian Art Studies' aims to open up new horizons of art research by introducing a wide range of disciplines, including esthetics, art history, dramatic arts, and other arts disciplines, as well as literature, print bibliography, history, comparative cultural history, human geography, and digital humanities to the study of the diverse arts in Asia, including Japan.
Note: A part of the online exhibition remains open to the public after the exhibition period. →Click here for the exhibition website.
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Encountering Asia: Traveling, Imagination, and Creation of Arts (めぐりあいアジア─芸術の移動・想像・創成─)
Exhibition period: March 1 (Tues) - 31 (Thurs), 2022
Free of charge (online).
Accompanying the online exhibition, an Online Gallery Talk was held.
<Event> Online Gallery Talk
Date: March 6 (Sun), 2022 13:00 - 15:00 JST
Participation: via Zoom (e-mail notification will be sent upon registration)［イベント情報］Start of the International Joint Research Project 'Creative Collaborations: Salons and Networks in Kyoto and Osaka 1780-1880' supported by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and JSPSApril 1, 2022(Fri)
The Art Research Center (ARC), Ritsumeikan University, is pleased to announce the start of our international joint research project 'Creative Collaborations: Salons and Networks in Kyoto and Osaka 1780-1880 (上方文化サロン：人的ネットワークから解き明かす文化創造空間 1780-1880)' supported by JRP-LEAD with UKRI, an international joint research program under UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
The research project--a collaborative scholarly enterprise among researchers and institutions in Japan and the UK--aims to analyse the cultural and social impact of art and literary salons and the collective creation of art (gassaku) in early modern Japan, particularly in the Kyoto-Osaka region during 1780-1880.
Addressing the COVID-19 challenges, the project also examines how a Japan-UK research project can be conducted efficiently using digital online technologies for remote collaboration and keeping physical traveling to a minimum.
Furthermore, the project fosters early-career researchers in Japanese studies by providing an opportunity for young researchers to gain hands-on experience in the basic aspects of digital humanities within an international research environment.
This project is led by the Principal Investigators (PI), Professor Ryo Akama, the current Director of the ARC, and Dr. Akiko Yano, Curator in the Department of Asia at the British Museum. The core team comprises researchers from the Art Research Center (ARC), Kansai University (KU), the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, the British Museum (BM), and SOAS, University of London.
The project duration is three years, and its research outcomes will be presented in an exhibition at the British Museum in 2024.［イベント情報］5,100 volumes of nagauta shohon (thin lyric booklets) in the Michitaka Takeuchi Collection have been released in the ARC Virtual InstituteMarch 28, 2022(Mon)
The Kunitachi College of Music Library in Tokyo holds one of the most extensive collections of materials on early modern Japanese music--the Takeuchi Michitaka Collection--which belonged to the late Professor Michitaka Takeuchi, a significant contributor to Japanese music research.
In addition to ukiyo-e and banzuke already available online, we are pleased to announce that we have further released 5,100 volumes of nagauta shohon (thin lyric booklets) to the public through the Art Research Center's Virtual Institute.
The distinctive feature of this collection is that it comprises a large number of copies of the same piece of music. For example, there are 73 authentic copies of Kyōganoko Musume Dōjōji (『京鹿子娘道成寺』) with many variations.
We hope this collection may serve you as a valuable online resource for research on the history of Japanese music, kabuki, publication culture, and the study of ukiyo-e prints.［イベント情報］March 21, 2022(Mon)
The online exhibition 'The Three Kingdoms: The Fellowship of the Water Fishes' is held from February 14 to March 31. As part of this exhibition, we invite you to join our online lecture on March 21, 2022 (free of charge).
The lecture will be given by Prof. Isao Umebayashi (Shitennoji University) whose research project 'Collection and Preservation of Traditional Games from around the world, the Systematization and the Study of Cultural Relevance of them' is among the FY 2021 adopted joint research projects of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC).
Furthermore, Prof. Akinori Nakamura (College of Image Arts and Sciences, Ritsumeikan University) and Prof. Koichi Hosoi (College of Image Arts and Sciences, Ritsumeikan University), will be presenting their research findings from the Program for Supporting Research Center Formation, Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University.
We look forward to your participation!
◆Online Lecture 'The Three Kingdoms: The Fellowship of the Water Fishes' ◆
Date：March 21 (Mon), 2022 16:00-17:30
→ https://ritsumei-ac-jp.zoom.us/j/97815419256 (Webinar ID: 978 1541 9256)
Organizer: Executive Committee of the Exhibition 'The Three Kingdoms: The Fellowship of the Water Fishes'
Co-organizer: Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies (RCGS), International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University
◆Online Exhibition 'The Three Kingdoms: The Fellowship of the Water Fishes' ◆Open until March 31: https://suigyo.gameexhibition.net［イベント情報］FY2021 Annual Report Meeting of the ARC-iJAC & "Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures" Project, Art Research Center, was held on February 25 & 26, 2022March 7, 2022(Mon)
The FY2021 Annual Report Meeting of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) & "Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures" Project, Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, was held on February 25 (Sat) & 26 (Sun), 2022.
Please click here for the program (PDF format).
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the event was held online via Zoom.