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日時:2023223日(金)110017:40、224日(土)10:3017:00(予定)
会場:ハイブリッド開催 ARC+オンライン(ZOOM)(
YouTube ライブ配信あり★)

主催:立命館大学アート・リサーチセンター、文部科学省 国際共同利用・共同研究拠点「日本文化資源デジタル・アーカイブ国際共同研究拠点」、日本文化デジタル・ヒューマニティーズ拠点「研究拠点形成支援プログラム」

プログラムはこちらです。

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With the establishment of the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC) in 2019, the Art Research Center strives to push the internationalization of research activities that transcend disciplines and geographic boundaries.

NEWS

We were delighted to welcome Prof. Graeme Earl (Head of the College of Humanities, SOAS University of London), Shona Aitken (Director of Advancement, SOAS University of London), and Russell Kelty (Curator of Asian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia) to the ARC.
Our warmest congratulations to Dr. Monika Bincsik, ARC Visiting Collaborative Researcher, on receiving the 2024 Marica Vilcek Prize in Art History.

Dr. Bincsik, the Diane and Arthur Abbey Curator for Japanese Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), receives the Marica Vilcek Prize for her curatorial approach to Japanese decorative arts and textiles that highlights the complex interplay of the Japanese and international art market, trade, social, and political circumstances over the past five centuries.


Dr. Bincsik earned a Ph.D. from Ritsumeikan University, undertaking research on Japanese lacquerware and other decorative arts, supervised by the ARC Director Prof. Ryo Akama (Graduate School of Letters).
Prof. Thawonmas, Head of the Intelligent Computer Entertainment Laboratory (ICE Lab), explains how he utilizes ARC database resources for research in artificial intelligence and Game AI.
As a certified University Ambassador with the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI), he also runs workshops on fundamental and advanced levels of deep learning, fostering the next-generation specialists in the AI field. >> Read interview.
Based on the special exhibition Chushingura Ukiyo-e from Kamigata, held at the Ako City Museum of History in 2022, this digital exhibition showcases the aspects of the development of Chushingura culture in the Kamigata region, mainly depicted in yakusha-e, shibai-e, and omocha-e.
>> Read more.
Supported by the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), a research team at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), led by Dr. Pilar Cabañas, has launched a digital exhibition of shini-e (memorial prints).
It showcases the achievements of their ARC-iJAC project to digital archive the ukiyo-e collection held by the UCM. >> Read more.
Video on demand! 125. International ARC Seminar

Speaker: Dr. Ellis Tinios (Honorary Lecturer, University of Leeds, UK/ARC Visiting Collaborative Researcher)

Topic: Hokusai the Alchemist: an exploration of sources for his book illustrations (held in English)

The workshop was held as part of the ARC research project Visual Culture Studies in the Domestic Sphere Utilizing the ARC Database, led by ARC faculty member Prof. Yumi Takenaka.
The project aims to study arts and visual culture in East Asia related to the concept of Ie, which encompasses housing, households, family, and family genealogy within the Domestic Sphere juxtaposed to the Public Sphere.
An invited lecture was given by Professor Emeritus Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch (Free University of Berlin). >> Read more.
Upcoming Events

February 23 (Fri) & 24 (Sat), 2024
FY 2023 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 "Program for Supporting Research Center Formation," Ritsumeikan University
<Program to be announced on our website shortly>

March 23 (Sat), 2024
13th Forum for Knowledge, Arts, and Culture in Digital Humanities
(第13回「知識・芸術・文化情報学研究会」)


Venue: Ritsumeikan University Osaka Umeda Campus
(*The time will be adjusted depending on the number of presenters.
*The event may be held in a hybrid format or entirely online depending on the spread of COVID-19.)


>> Call for Presenters
(Deadline: February 5, 2024)
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Background:
Prof. Ruck Thawonmas, a research member of the Art Research Center (ARC), received his B.Eng. degree in electrical engineering from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, in 1987, an M.Eng. degree in information science from Ibaraki University in 1990, and a Ph.D. degree in information engineering from Tohoku University in 1994.
He is a Full Professor at the College of Information Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, where he leads the Intelligent Computer Entertainment Laboratory (ICE Lab).

Prof. Thawonmas, thank you very much for your time today. Can you tell us how you joined Ritsumeikan University and the Art Research Center (ARC)?

ruck_1.jpgProf. Thawonmas: After I finished my Ph.D. at Tohoku University, I worked at several places in Japan. One day, I saw an interview with a non-Japanese professor at Ritsumeikan University. Seeing that the interviewee was a full professor doing well despite being non-Japanese in an international atmosphere environment encouraged me to join the university.

I joined Ritsumeikan University in 2002 when the university was planning to establish my current college--the College of Information Science and Engineering (CISE).

While my early research focused on data mining, upon joining Ritsumeikan, I decided to slightly change my research area to set myself apart from other professors. I started to look into entertainment computing and computer games, which were not yet well-recognized research areas at that time, either domestically or internationally.

From the beginning of my tenure at Ritsumeikan, I became involved in the ARC's research activities, including the application and subsequent execution of the 21st Century COE (Center for Excellence) Program of the Ministry of Education (MEXT) "Kyoto Art Entertainment Innovation Research." Guess who added the term entertainment there!

As the Head of the Intelligent Computer Entertainment Laboratory (ICE Lab), you have been engaged in research on game AI and intelligent techniques for increasing the entertainment value of computer games. Could you give us some examples of how digital resources of the ARC have been utilized in your research projects?

Prof. Thawonmas: As part of our effort to promote Japanese culture through games, ukiyo-e prints from the ARC Ukiyo-e Portal Database have been incorporated as background images in various projects on game AI.

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2024年1月23日(火)

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2024年1月16日、韓国淑明女子大学がアート・リサーチセンター(ARC)を見学されました。

ARCの建物やデジタルアーカイブ施設を見学されたほか、赤間亮教授(文学部・教授/ARCセンター長)によるARCのDH研究活動に関する講演を行いました。

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立命館大学アート・リサーチセンター「日本文化資源デジタル・アーカイブ国際共同研究拠点」との共催で、インタラクティブ・ワークショップ「Mitigation of Climate Change Impact on North Delta & Alexandria Cultural Heritage into a Global Environmental Context」が2024年1月13日と14日に開催されました。

→ プログラムはこちらです。

Workshop Report (Author: Dr. Mohamed Soliman)

20240113_1.JPGOn January 13 and 14, 2024, an interactive online workshop on "Mitigation of Climate Change Impact on North Delta & Alexandria Cultural Heritage into a Global Environmental Context" was held. The workshop was organized by the International Joint Digital Archiving Center for Japanese Art and Culture (ARC-iJAC), Art Research Center, and the Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage (DMUCH) of Ritsumeikan University, as well as the International Geodesign Collaboration (IGC), JSPS-Cairo Office, and (EECE)-Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST).

The workshop addressed climate change impacts, promoting renewable energy and resilient infrastructure for a just transition. It highlighted activities like energy consumption, land use changes, and transportation as major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, driving climate change. The objective was to make action and understanding to mitigate these effects.

The consequences of climate change are far-reaching, encompassing rising global temperatures, water and food scarcity, biodiversity loss, health risks, extreme weather events, sea level rise (SLR), poverty, and displacement. In order to mitigate these effects, solutions must focus on reducing atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations. Implementing policies and investment strategies to decrease emissions and enhance carbon sequestration rates should consider the diverse geographic, cultural, and political contexts. Preserving and improving ecosystems, alongside other carbon-absorbing systems, are essential for maintaining consistent global carbon-negative progress, wherein the extraction of carbon from the atmosphere exceeds emissions on a daily, annual, and decade-long scale.

For these reasons, the workshop had focal objectives that included building two sustainable scenarios compatible with 2030 and 2050 SDGs strategies, identifying actionable measures for enhancing global climate challenges for urban mobility, improving environmental ecosystems, and managing cultural heritage climate resilience. Community engagement and establishing a network of stakeholders who can contribute effectively to the formulation and implementation of a mitigation plan for the climate change of Alexandria and North Delta were also one the main objectives of the workshop, as this collaborative approach ensures that diverse perspectives and expertise are included in the planning process, in addition to capacity building, to enhance the skills of interdisciplinary researchers and emerging leaders in utilizing the Geodesign methodology for addressing the Global Climate challenge (GC), as all the participants will receive a comprehensive scientific and technological support, including access to Esri and Geodesign hub software, through a series of webinars and tutorials, that enables them to apply the conceptual framework and practical tools of Geodesign effectively.

The workshop was supported by partners from various entities interested in research and keen on finding solutions to decrease the risks, sustain the resources, and save the planet. These supporters were: DMUCH and ARC at Ritsumeikan University, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), Inc., International Geodesign Collaboration (IGC), The Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development GmbH, EECE-Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST), and The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

20240113_3.JPGThe workshop was coordinated by Dr. Mohamed Soliman (Visiting Collaborative Researcher, Ritsumeikan University), Prof. Keiji Yano (College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University), and Prof. Carl Steinitz (Harvard University), with the assistance of a diverse project team led by Dr. Soliman and Prof. Yano. This team included Prof. Heidi Shalaby (Head of the Central Administration for Technical Affairs, National Organization for Urban Harmony, Egypt), Ms. Raghda El-Nezory (Department of Historic Cairo, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities), Dr. Nermine Moustafa (National Egyptian Museum of Civilization (NMEC)), Ms. Doaa Ali (Alexandria Department, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities), and Dr. Marwa Hafez (Alexandria Governorate), and an environmental team at E-JUST led by Prof. Mona Gamal Eldin, Dean of the School of Energy Resources, Environmental, and Chemical and Petrochemical Engineering (EECE), Egypt-Japan University for Science and Technology (E-JUST).

In order to make the best of this workshop, the supporters collaborated with stakeholders from different sectors and organizations, such as the Alexandria Governorate, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA), the Syndicate of Engineers-Alexandria, and Raquda Foundation for Art and Heritage. Hence, the actual stakeholders were represented by more than 30 participants assigned in four working groups to reach the best opportunities for mitigating climate change.

The workshop had 30 participants representing several entities in Egypt and two participants from Japan, including universities, institutes, offices of the government sector, health centres, and private firms. The participating entities from Egypt were EECE, Egypt-Japan University for Science and Technology (E-JUST), Helwan University, Alexandria University, Ministry of Tourism & Antiquitis (MoTA), Ministry of Social Solidarity, Alexandria Governorate, Western District, Administration of Planning and Urban Development, German Archaeological Institute Cairo (DAI-Kairo), San Stefano Health Center, Al-Muntaza Medical Area, Tail & Partners Law Firm, and Raquda Foundation for Art and Heritage, from Egypt, while the participants from Japan were from Nagasaki University.

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2024年1月17日(水)

2023年1月17日(水)18:00より、Web配信にて第129回国際ARCセミナーを開催いたします。

プログラムは下記となります。

講師:中尾 智行氏(文化庁 参事官(文化拠点担当)博物館支援調査官)

タイトル:「ミュージアムDXの課題と展望」


日時:2023年1月17日(水)18:00~19:30

参加:Zoom配信(関係者のみ・予約不要)

※ARCメンバー以外の方は Youtubeよりご参加いただけます。こちらからご覧下さい。

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立命館大学研究活動報「RADIANT」第20号では、「日本が誇る無形文化をワールドデビューへ」と題して、ARCセンター長赤間亮教授(文学部)のデジタルアーカイブプロジェクトが紹介されました。

特に、日本の民俗芸能などの無形文化財をデジタルアーカイブ化し、後世に残すという赤間教授の研究活動に焦点を当てています。

>>記事全文はこちらです。

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2023年10月12日、独立行政法人国際交流基金(The Japan Foundation)のフェローがアート・リサーチセンター(ARC)を見学されました。

ARCの建物やデジタルアーカイブ施設を見学されたほか、立命館大学の大学院生との交流会や、2016年度フェローのTravis Seifman(現ARCリサーチマネージャー/立命館大学衣笠総合研究機構・准教授)とのキャリア・ディスカッション行いました。

>>記事全文はこちらです(JFのウェブサイトへ移動します)。

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2023年12月20日(水)

2023年12月20日(水)18:00より、Web配信にて第128回国際ARCセミナーを開催いたします。
プログラムは下記となります。

講師:山内 啓之(立命館大学 衣笠総合研究機構 特別招聘研究教員(准教授)

タイトル:「バーチャルリアリティ技術と三次元地理情報を用いた地理教育の実践―地形や遺構の授業実践を中心に―」


日時:2023年12月20日(水)18:00~19:30

参加:Zoom配信(関係者のみ・予約不要)

※ARCメンバー以外の方は Youtubeよりご参加いただけます。こちらからご覧下さい。

2023年12月18日、Kim Soo-chul教授とYi Kisung教授(韓国伝統文化大学)がアート・リサーチセンター(ARC)を見学されました。

ARCの建物や施設を見学されたほか、矢野圭司教授(文学部・教授/ARC副センター長)とデジタル人文学の研究・教育における連携について意見交換を行いました。

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