Tomoko Mukai / 向井知子
Spatial Projection|Moment Design|Intercultural Design and Art Education

Language:  Japanese, German, English

Tomoko Mukai engages with cultural and spatial projection through computer-generated optical landscapes. Her approach aims to provide intuitive experiences focusing on complex relationships between information, memory and bodily perception shared in social life. She has presented them at various kinds of sites as cultural and historical hubs in local communities, namely architectures as cultural heritage, a church, temples, shrines, former school, river and cultural institutions. For community projects, she works on the utilization of cultural heritage and art resources. She proposes exhibition design and organizes workshops for children from aspects of museum informatics in cooperation with museums and libraries. She emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration with other different fields of professions. In such collaborations, she fosters to stride across the boundary of platforms for expressions between different genres. She also explores bodily perceptions and mental states by using spatial projection in collaboration with professions for the field of wellness.

She engages in design and art education at many domestic and foreign Universities (See “Teaching Experience” below). She struggles with the project-based practical and theoretical teaching from aspects of creation, curation and museum informatics. She contributed to the development of international exchange workshops and projects in cooperation with foreign universities.

人びとが、日々の暮らしの延長上に、 ふとした瞬間、大切なことを思い出したり、思索にふけったりできる。そのような場所・空間づくりとして、 地域の歴史・文化的拠点での映像空間デザイン、 美術館・博物館等での映像展示デザイン、 音楽やパフォーマンスのための映像空間演出等に取り組んでいます。

日常の身近な場所で使ったり、眺めたりして、 すっきりとした、やわらかい気持ちになれる、 ささやかな美しい瞬間(モメント)を提供する。動画から切り出すモメント・イメージの創作も行なっています。

これまで国内外の様々な大学で、 専任教員、非常勤講師、研究員として、 デザイン・アート教育に関わり 授業やワークショップを展開してきました。また、大学美術館研究員であった経験も生かし、映像演出を取り入れた文化財展示デザイン、地域・教育機関・美術館などと連携し、 分野や世代をこえて参加できるワークショップ・デザインを提案・実践しています。


Educational background
03.1991 Bachelor of Arts, the Department of Scenography, Display and Fashion Design at Musashino Art University (MAU), Tokyo, Japan
12.1996 Master of Audio-Visual Media, The Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM), Germany
Grant of Arts internship and Scholarship
10/1993 – 09/1995 Scholarship of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany
06/2000 – 03/2001 Grant of Arts Internship of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, at the Department of Intermedia Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
Teaching and Research Experience
04/2008 – 05/2018 Associate professor in the Communication Design Course (since 2012, abolition and integration of courses under the department), at the Department of Design, College of Art, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan,
04/2017– 10/2017 Visiting researcher at the International School of Design (KISD), Faculty of Culture and Society, University of Technology, Arts, Sciences (TH), Cologne, Germany (Lectures at KISD of TH Cologne, UdK Berlin, PBSA of HSD Düsseldorf in Germany, HU Utrecht, Netherlands, KADK Copenhagen, Denmark)
10/2009 Exchange program for university professors, Lectureship, Communication University of China, Beijing and Nanjing Campus, China
04/2005 – 03/2008 Assistant professor at the Communication Design Course, the Department of Design, College of Art, Nihon University, Japan, Tokyo, Japan 04/2001 – 03/2007 Part-time lectureship for the Department of Information Design at the Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan
04/2004 – 03/2005 Assistant curator and research associate in the Art Information Section at the University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
04/2001 –03/2004 Curatorial associate in the Art Information Section at the University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
10/2001 –03/2002 Part-time lectureship, in the Course of Culture as Representation, the Department of Language and Culture, Undergraduate Faculty, Graduate School of Literature and Human Sciences, Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan,
04/2001 –03/2002 Part-time lectureship, at the Department of Media Arts, the College of Art and Design, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tokyo, Japan
04/2000 –03/2002 Part-time lectureship, at the Course of Media Zokei Major, the Department of Design, the Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo, Japan

1991.03 武蔵野美術大学造形学部空間演出デザイン学科卒業
1993.10-1995.09 ドイツ学術交流会(DAAD)奨学生
1996.12 ケルンメディア芸術大学大学院視聴覚メディア学研究科修了

2000.04- 2002.03 東京造形大学デザイン学科メディア造形専攻非常勤講師
2000.06-2001.03 平成12年度文化庁芸術インターンシップ研修員 (受入先: 東京藝術大学美術学部先端芸術表現科)
2000.10-2001.03 大阪市立大学文学部比較言語文化講座表現文化コース非常勤講師
2001.04-2002.03 女子美術大学芸術学部メディアアート学科非常勤講師
2001.04-2002.03 多摩美術大学美術学部情報デザイン学科臨時講師
2001.04-2004.03 東京藝術大学大学美術館美術情報研究室非常勤講師(学芸研究員)
2002.04-2007.03 多摩美術大学美術学部情報デザイン学科非常勤講師
2004.04-2005.03 東京藝術大学大学美術館美術情報研究室常勤助手(現行助教・学芸研究員)
2005.04-2008.03 日本大学藝術学部デザイン学科コミュニケーションデザインコース専任講師
2008.04-2018.05 日本大学藝術学部デザイン学科准教授
2017.04-2017.10 ドイツ・ケルン技術芸術科学大学(KISD, TH Cologne)客員研究員


photography: Taisuke Yajima

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