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TURN Meeting

TURN Meeting is a place for sharing, recounting, and thinking together about the possibilities of TURN. Guests active in a range of fields and disciplines, participating artists and people from the facilities and communities with which they interact, come together to consider TURN from a variety of perspectives.

TURN Meetings to Date

  • TURN Meeting No.15

    TURN Meeting No.15 was held with TURN participating artists and staff from welfare facilities and other organizations to discuss the thought and ideas they have gained through TURN. How did TURN activities exist and how did people influence each other in the various places where activities took place such as support for the disabled, elderly, children, education, etc. ? While sharing each person’s perspective, guests talked about what will be passed on in the future through the TURN experience, along with TURN supervisor, Katsuhiko Hibino.
    In between the talks, composer Akashi Ikawa performed TURN NOTES (a group of songs based on the words in the book TURN NOTE) with two invited singers. Details

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  • TURN Meeting No.14

    The theme for TURN Meeting No. 14 was “The Difficulty in Communication.”For TURN Meetings during FY2020, we worked to incorporate accessibility methods that tapped into new media and technology, including sign interpretation, audio guidance and closed captions, so that as many people as possible could enjoy events online. In TURN Meeting No. 14, was developed to look back at these initiatives, joined by various guests to consider the various forms of communication and their inherent difficulties.
    In Part 1 our guest was Satsuki Ayaya, organizer of “Otoemojite” – a self-help group that conducts “Tojisha-Kenkyu” meeting – that is managed by and composed of neurodivergent people. In Part 2 with critic Chiki Ogiue as a guest in addition to Ayaya, TURN supervisor Katsuhiko Hibino discussed focusing on communication and expression with diverse people from different backgrounds and cultures. Details

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  • TURN Meeting No.13

    Our guests, blind soccer players Hiroyuki Komazaki and Kento Torii, held an interactive discussion with TURN supervisor Katsuhiko Hibino – himself a massive soccer fan and Member of Executive Committee of the Japan Football Association – on the theme of “hear, touch, imagine: the world as perceived through physical sensation.” The guests discussed about their spatial understanding and physical sensation, which enable them to gain deeper insight into the “power of imagination ” – common to the seemingly different fields of art and sports. Details

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  • TURN Meeting No.12

    TURN Meeting No.12 featured an interactive discussion between panel guests Hideaki Nasu, an actor / sign language news presenter, Shuwa Friends representative Monkey Takano, sign language interpreter Yumiko Takashima and TURN supervisor Katsuhiko Hibino, around the theme of “deaf culture”. Discussion between the panelists gained deeper insights into topics such as the delight of expression through sign language, and the differences in communication methods of deaf people and hearing people. During the talk sessions, viewers were also treated to a piece of improvised theater from Nasu. There was also a rap performance by rap creator MACHEE DEF. Details

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  • TURN Meeting No.11

    TURN Meeting No.11 was the first to be conducted online. Guest Atsushi Mori, who has been researching communication methods and the use of supportive ICT (information and communications technology), for deaf-blind people, discussed with TURN supervisor Katsuhiko Hibino on the theme of “gathering”. With the very idea of people gathering being called into question due to the impact of COVID-19, this meeting offered the opportunity for deeper insight into diverse communication methods, the relationships between people these methods generate, and the possibilities for those relationships. During their discussion, Mori and Hibino attempted to exchange their outlook on the world through not only verbal communication but also clay modeling. Details

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  • TURN Meeting No.10

    Guests Reiji Suzuki, director of Kapu Kapu assisted living facility and Kanayo Ueda, poet / representative of NPO cocoroom joined an interactive discussion on the theme “finding enjoyment in unknown territory.” With his facility’s coffee shop Kissa Kapu Kapu, Suzuki works on creating a space where local elderly people and people with disabilities can socialize naturally.Ueda uses creative expression to develop exchange with day laborers and travelers in the Kamagasaki neighborhood of Osaka’s Nishinari-ku. This was a talk between two people who are promoting new values through the active enjoyment of the “differences”among diverse people. Details

  • TURN Meeting No.9

    What sort of experiences and connections are created when places divided by function and system are freed up to function as spaces for people of different ages and backgrounds to gather? Community engagement designer Satoko Fujioka creates environments in a welfare setting, places transcending age and attributes where people can mix / interact. She took part in an engaged discussion on the theme of the relationships created by place and environment, together with other guest architect Ryo Abe. Abe deals in architecture which draws on local environment and culture to enable diverse people to utilize the space. Details

  • TURN Meeting No.8

    Guests Takaya Matsuda, Director and founder of Heralbony, and philosopher Shinji Kajitani discussed the topic“What Kind of Communication Can Be Used to Open Up the Future?”, moderated by TURN Project Designer Laila Cassim. The first half focused on ways of communication today, with the participants exchanging views about stereotypes and categorization that pose an obstacle to the possibilities offered by communication. In the second half, TURN Director Katsuhiko Hibino joined the discussion to consider and imagine a variety of future dialogues and discuss their prospects, while posing questions about the necessity of understanding each other and the potential for being able to do so. Details

  • TURN Meeting No.7

    Guests Robert Campbell, a scholar of Japanese literature, and film director Eri Makihara took part in a conversation entitled “Considering Diverse Societies”, moderated by editor and writer Task Watanabe . Makihara opened the discussion by asking other speakers, “How do you as hearing people feel about ‘hearing culture’ in the context of ‘deaf culture’ that I have perceived in the course of my life as a deaf person?” Campbell said that the talk had “made me realize that being able to hear is another form of diversity,” while TURN Director Katsuhiko Hibino said that he had begun to think that “while I can imagine a silent world without sound, that is probably not ‘deaf culture’.” During the interval, clarinetist Asuka Shimada gave a performance. Details

  • TURN Meeting No.6

    In Part 1, guests Sawako Inaniwa, Chief of Education and Public Programs at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and Chizu Fukui, Chief of Educational Section at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, discussed about how to create a diverse society through human resource development and community development at public cultural facilities. In Part 2, artists and welfare facility staff who participated in TURN FES 4 took to the stage to reflect on events that took place during TURN FES as well as its project aims, while viewing photographs and video footage of the festival. Following this, artist Hiroshi Fuji gave a special kamishibai (illustrated storytelling) performance of The Frog and Toad. In Part 3, Fuji took to the stage to talk about the essence of art projects and artistic creation as seen from the story and the letter of Frog and Toad. In Part 4, the final part, the participants discussed the future prospects for TURN, focusing primarily on expanding TURN LAND. Details

  • TURN Meeting No.5

    The meeting was divided into two parts: “Kondo and Hibino Talking Candidly About TURN” and “TURN’s 2018 Activity Plan.” In the first part, choreographer and dancer Ryohei Kondo took to the stage to talk about TURN through video footage of Handles, a dance company he founded with people with disabilities. In the second part, TURN Superviser Katsuhiko Hibino, TURN Project Director Tsukasa Mori, and TURN Coordinator Riko Okuyama discussed future TURN activities, along with the goals of TURN FES 4’s theme Pijoppijoppi (Ordinary-extraordinary). In addition, there was a live performance by Manami Kakudo and Her Orchestras, premiering a song Kakudo had written especially for this event. Before the meeting started, the film “TURN One to Three,” directed and filmed by Rakuda Studio’s Hiroshi Tamura, was screened.

  • TURN Meeting No.4

    Held in the Heiseikan auditorium at Tokyo National Museum, the meeting was divided into four parts: “The future of TURN from the past year,” “Spreading out into the community,” “Interaction that Begins with Handicraft,” and “Hobonichi and TURN.” Project members Daisuke Yamashiro, Katsunori Shinzawa, Yasuaki Igarashi, EAT&ART TARO, Tomoko Iwata, and Daisuke Nagaoka were joined by guests Ichirota Suzuki (Director, Large, Small & Ref.), Asao Tokoro (artist), and Mami Sugiyama and Unite (staff members, Hobo Nikkan Itoi Shinbun) to discuss approaches to art projects that aim to expand into the community and approaches to society that incorporate traditional elements, interspersed with words, concepts and ideas that surfaced over the course of the year. Details

  • TURN Meeting No.3

    Yuichiro Nagatsu, who researches performance and expression in the context of welfare for people with disabilities in Japan, and TURN project member James Jack joined the panel to talk about the vision for society depicted by TURN, based on the concept of social inclusion and social implementation. They discussed their perspectives as researchers and art project practitioners, incorporating stories only artists can tell, affirming the future importance of TURN LAB*. Details
    *TURN LAB was implemented in FY2017 as a program examining TURN based on objective knowledge and building concepts that support its day-to-day activities.

  • TURN Meeting No.2

    In addition to “Review of TURN FES 3” and “Review of TURN in BIENALSUR,” the meeting featured a third section in which guests Hiroshi Fuji (artist) and Miyuki Tanaka (curator) exchanged and offered their opinions. “Review of TURN in BIENALSUR” featured reports by Yasuaki Igarashi and Daisuke Nagaoka, who had only just returned home from participating in TURN in BIENALSUR in South America. In addition, they shared information about projects being implemented in communities and the welfare sector, as well as discussing TURN’s initiatives and attributes with the guests. Details

  • TURN Meeting No.1

    In this kick-off event of TURN Meeting, TURN project members such as artists, photographers, designers and representatives of welfare facilities and communities involved in the interactive program, gathered at Tokyo University of the Arts to discuss the prospects for the year’s activities. The meeting featured wide-ranging discussions in the course of its five sections: “Conversations about TURN Interactive Program,” “How to tell people about TURN and leave a legacy,” “TURN in overseas ─ Introducing TURN in BIENALSUR,” “Conversations about TURN LAND,” and “For TURN FES 3.” Details

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