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Tohoku University of Art & Design

Media Arts Studies Visual Communication Design Program Department of Informatique Designs
200 Kamisakurada, Yamagata, Yamagata 990-9530 JAPAN
Phone: 81-236-27-2000 Fax: 81-236-27-2081
URL: www.tuad.ac.jp

Established as a publicly funded, privately run university by Yamagata Prefecture, Yamagata City and a private educational foundation in 1992, the same year the Yamagata bullet train line went into operation. The first art and design university in northeastern Japan, it has about 2,000 students in the undergraduate and graduate art and design programs. The Visual Communication Design Program’s Media Art Studies course aims to nurture media artists who can adapt to a changing world, and has about thirty-seven students in each year’s entering class. Covers the three core areas of photography, video and computer graphics, as well as kinetic art, interactive art, and game design.

It Was Alright, Even If the Car Didn’t Run

(“Kuruma wa hashiranakutemo yokatta”)

- 2002 / Color / Video / 10 min

Director, Photography, Editing, Narrator: Oki Chieko

My dad found the car in a rice field. Until now it was just parked there at our house. Its exact origin unknown, this car was disliked by everyone in the family. But when dad suddenly announced he was selling the car, the way the family spoke out on behalf of dad and the car was quite unexpected. The family was kinder than I had thought.

Oki Chieko

Born in 1980. Graduated in Media Arts Studies from the Department of Informatique Designs at Tohoku University of Art & Design. Currently studying at the Image Forum Institute of the Moving Image.


With the Sand Still in His Shoes

(“Suna no haitta kutsu no mamade”)

- 2000 / Color / Video / 12 min

Director, Editing: Oki Masaharu
Photography: Oki Masaharu, Kanbayashi Makoto, Goto Shiho
Music: Ban Ban Bazar

The videomaker Oki Masaharu starts to play the part of Oki Masaharu. He speaks out to the camera. He takes up a weapon and goes into action. He poses as a wandering minstrel. What was it again that he wanted to convey . . . ? Instead of stopping and tapping the sand out of his shoe, can he go on running, as if confirming his sense of discomfort?

Oki Masaharu

Born in 1977 in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture. Began filmmaking at the Department of Informatique Designs at Tohoku University of Art & Design. Continued studying at the Graduate School of Art and Design and graduated in 2003.


Can we teach documentary filmmaking?

Date: October 14 (Tue) 19:00 Venue: Yamagata Central Public Hall 4F

Kato Itaru

Born in Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture in 1958. Associate professor at Tohoku University of Art & Design. In 1977 entered the Department of Humanities, Wako University and concurrently studied visual art during the inaugural year at the Image Forum Institute of the Moving Image. Film and video productions include Fade Out, Go-round, Zero-TV, and Sparkling (prize winner at Retina ’91 in Hungary). Has been involved with numerous creative projects, including independent FM stations and installations. National Cultural Festival

Panelist profiles
Hara Kazuo

Born in 1945. Good-bye CP (1972) was his directorial debut. Main films include Extreme Private Eros; Love Song 1974 (1974), The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987), and A Dedicated Life (1994). Currently filming Matanohino, Chika, his first feature film. Since 1995 has been head of “CinemaJuku.” Visiting professor at Waseda University, School of Letters, Arts and Sciences in 1998, and full-time lecturer at the Japan Academy of Moving Images from 2002. Works toward nurturing young filmmaking talent.

Yasuoka Takaharu

Born in Tokyo in 1954. Took part in the production of The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On directed by Hara Kazuo, and independent films by directors including Yamatani Tetsuo and Hirano Katsuyuki. Produced Mori Tatsuya’s A and A2. After serving as advisor for graduation works at the Yokohama Movie and Broadcasting College, became lecturer at the Japan Academy of Moving Images in 1988. Teaches the popular Human Investigations class, and supports a wide range of school activities ranging from curriculum planning to participation in local cultural events.

Sato Makoto

Born in 1957. Documentary filmmaker. Directed Living on the River Agano (1992), Artists in Wonderland (1998), Self and Others (2000), Hanako (2001) and other works. Publications include The Horizons of Documentary Film and Starting Point for Film. Teaches at the Film School of Tokyo and Kyoto University of Art and Design. Currently planning new documentary about memories and remnants from the filming of Living on the River Agano.

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