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Studies of the "Architectural Body" by Arakawa + Gins




(関西大学 東西学術研究所パンフレットより)


The purpose of our research is to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to examining the new theories advanced by Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins, namely the theories of "architectural body" and "reversible destiny", in order to propose a new body theory for the twenty-second century.


The attempt to construct a new body theory by investigating the theories of "Arakawa + Gins" is the defining feature of our study. An interdisciplinary approach is indispensable for studying their theories since "Arakawa + Gins" call themselves "coodinologists" (the term coined by Arakawa) who aim at unifying art, science and philosophy. With that interdisciplinary principle in mind, we propose a new body theory constructed from knowledge of fields such as experiencing theory, comparative studies between Eastern and Western body theories, physical education, the theory of bodywork, representational analytics of fine arts and architecture, environmental ecology, clinical research on rehabilitation and psychiatry and the deployment of the "Arakawa + Gins" project, as well as neuroscience, systems theory and science art.


(quoted from the pamphlet of The Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies - KANSAI UNIVERSITY)


Research Members

Chief Researcher [研究員 (主幹)]
三村 尚彦
(みむら なおひこ) 関西大学文学部・教授
MIMURA Naohiko, Prof., Kansai University

Researcher [研究員]
村川 治彦
(むらかわ はるひこ) 関西大学人間健康学部・教授
MURAKAWA Haruhiko, Prof., Kansai University

門林 岳史 (かどばやし たけし) 関西大学文学部・准教授
KADOBAYASHI Takeshi, Assoc. Prof., Kansai University

小室 弘毅 (こむろ ひろき) 関西大学人間健康学部・准教授
KOMURO Hiroki, Assoc. Prof., Kansai University

Commissioned Researcher [委嘱研究員]
染谷 昌義 (そめや まさよし) 高千穂大学・教授
SOMEYA Masayoshi, Prof., Takachiho University

稲垣 諭 (いながき さとし) 東洋大学文学部・教授
INAGAKI Satoshi, Prof., Toyo University

本間 桃世 (ほんま ももよ) 荒川+ギンズ東京事務所 代表
HOMMA Momoyo, Director, Arakawa + Gins Tokyo Office

Graduate Research Assistant [準研究員]
岡村 心平 (おかむら しんぺい)
Okamura Shimpei