Ogaki Mini Maker Faire 2018
Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences
President Masahiro Miwa
Last year, IAMAS celebrated the 20th anniversary of its founding as the former International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences. From the time of its establishment, it has been thought of as a “(Media) Art School.” And so it is. However, just as the word “ars” from which “art” was derived signifies both “technique” and “technology,” IAMAS is not a place where we pursue beauty alone. Rather, it is a place where we study intellectual techniques for living in tomorrow’s society; beauty is no more than one indispensable part of that. In other words, IAMAS is a “microcosm” in which a mere 19 specialists from various, completely distinct fields have gathered in a place called Ogaki to work together with students to continue their activities.
The importance of scholarship as a single "cosmos" is not recognized in this time of drastic change in the world. In this time when technological innovation ignores ethics, plunders from our future descendants, and lays waste to our spirits, what we require is not fragmentary specialized knowledge and skill whose aim is simply to make it through another round of competition; rather, what we truly need is an intelligence that allows us to think deeply about the true value of these things and to create a better future. This intelligence is based in the humility to lend our ears to the voices of the dead, and the sensitivity and sense of responsibility to wish for the happiness of those who will live in the future. From this, we simultaneously learn those skills which are indispensable if we are to challenge new possibilities and to ascertain what in the world we can do for the future right now, as solitary individuals. The “art” of IAMAS’ microcosm, although it is based upon diverse specialized fields, is a single intelligence. In other words, it is a technique for the formation of a unified creativity. This “IAMAS Spirit,” fostered over the past 20 years, is what has supported the activities of our graduates in diverse fields and regions, and it is the reason why this small school in Gifu prefecture has come to be recognized internationally as a university without peer. I am certain that this spirit – all the more in the coming world poised to reach the heights of confusion – will go on to demonstrate its true value.