Research Center for Industrial Culture

The Research Center for Industrial Culture (RCIC) is an organization attached to IAMAS whose mission is to contribute to the wider community by applying the products of our school's research to society through cultural activities and collaborations between government, business, and academia.

RCIC conducts three main types of activities:

  1. Community and regional collaboration: RCIC engages in collaborative research with various organizations, including businesses both inside and outside of GIfu, international firms, local government, cultural facilities, educational organizations, and NPOs.
  2. Cultural Activities: RCIC is involved with the managements of events like the Gifu Ogaki Bienalle, the Ogaki MIni Maker Faire, and the IAMAS ARTIST FILE.
  3. Archiving: RCIC conducts PR and information archiving for the school, writing reports about cultural activities, research, and collaborations, and documenting these through film or photography. Recently, the RCIC has been active planning its own projects and cooperative efforts and collaborating with IAMAS gaduates.
Research Center for Industrial Culture

Joint and Commisioned Research

Art Market

We created a special exhibition in the garden of the Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, with three Gifu-run academies: Gifu International Academy of Horticulture, International TAKUMI Academy, and Gifu Academy of Forest Science and Culture. We planned and implemented exhibits and workshops related to our school's creative expression.

Ogaki Mini Maker Faire

The "Ogaki Mini Maker Faire" is an event in which makers gather from all over the country to show, talk about, and share the fun of the things that they have made. Under the theme "Start by Making: Objects, Play, Culture," we aimed to make this event an opportunity to create a new culture of "making things."

Jigoku-e Stamp Rally

One example of RCIC's collaboration with local communities is the Ibigawa-cho Jigoku-e Stamp Rally. This participatory event was developed as a stamp rally that teaches people about the Buddhist hells; it was the product of discussions with the local organizers of the Town Festival, and takes its inspiration from the local custom of "Jigoku-e Haiken," the viewing of pictures depicting the hells, a custom had started to fade.

Examples of Previous Collaborations

Collaborations between Industry, Schools, and Government / Discussions about Local Collaboration

At IAMAS, as we deepen our research into local culture and our information science, we contribute to the local community with the results of our collaborative research. We do this by cooperating with businesses, local government, cultural / research organizations, NPO's, and other organizations. As an organization attached to IAMAS, the Research Center for Industrial Culture supports the established of research agreements starting with discussions about collaboration, coordinating with faculty and the Projects.

Collaboration Consultation

Guest Researcher System

Our guest researcher system was established in order to contribute to the development of academic research at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences by accepting academic researchers to our school. Our school can accept professors, associate professors, lecturers, or others with equivalent qualifications deemed appropriate by the school president. As a general rule, guest researcher's period of research at IAMAS is six months or less. If you would like to come to IAMAS as a guest researcher, please inqure as indicated below. We will contact you with more information and instructions on how to apply.

Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences Academic Office
4-1-7 Kagano, Ogaki-shi, Gifu 503-0006 JAPAN
TEL : 0584-75-6641
FAX : 0584-75-6637
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Research Showcase

At the IAMAS Annual, the results of the master’s research and projects conducted at IAMAS are showcased online.

IAMAS Annual


At IAMAS, 18 faculty members work together with students while traversing across multiple disciplines through their personal research and their Projects. With the goal of educating creators active in the extensive fields surrounding media society, we hope to deepen our knowledge and expertise through discussions and the intermingling of diverse values.


Journal / Collaboration Reports

We are publishing records of our research activities. These include the "Journal," in which papers and research notes are printed, and booklets in which the results of Project activities are compiled.


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