Participants select their own theme, and, cycling through the three stages, “create,” “convey,” “consider,” use this theme to explore new forms of creation.
One of the great problems that contemporary society faces is the gap between academism and populism. Where places of academic research come into contact with wider society, a dilemma presents itself: the more specialization progresses, the less is conveyed to those outside of that specialization.
No matter how slight an idea or discovery, there are important points to consider: who will convey it, how will they convey it, and to whom will it be conveyed? When conducting research in media creation, it is of course important to scrutinize the contents of that research; however, one cannot ignore the problem of how to convey its results. For this reason, we will deal with creation as a consecutive process whose stages are “create,” “convey,” and “consider.”
We will not be concern ourselves about how our work matches the conventions established in existing genres – whether or not it conforms to ideas about what “art,” “design,” “entertainment,” or “engineering” is or should be. Rather, students can freely delve into their own areas of interest. In order to fully shift our attention to communication with people and society, we call our creations as “TOYs” and proceed from there.
Similarly, we will not fuss over whether or not we present our work in a conventional format. The venue – whether it be a commercial facility, public space, school, garden, etc. – the target audience for these presentations and opportunities for dialogue will be determined by our theme. Through these TOYs, we will attempt to communicate with a broad spectrum of people and society.
The aim of this approach is not to disparage each and every specific genre or specialty field. Rather, we seek to eventually illuminate and reevaluate the context of each, and to determine the contextual location of our own creations. For that purpose, we will take the opportunity to invite specialists and guests of various fields from within and without our school, and engage them in commentary and discussion.