Studies of the "Architectural Body"
The Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies - KANSAI UNIVERSITY

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)

Art and Philosophy in the 22nd Century: After Arakawa and Madeline Gins

Author: Naohiko Mimura(Author, Editor), Takeshi Kadobayashi(Author, Editor), Yasuo Kobayashi, Don Byrd, Alan Prohm, Jondi Keane, Renske Maria van Dam, Russell Hughes, Masayoshi Someya, Haruhiko Murakawa, Satoshi Inagaki, Hiroki Komuro, Momoyo Homma, Yusuke Koishi, Ignacio Adriasola, Adi Louria Hayon, Reversible Destiny Foundation (Kathryn Dennett, Amara Magloughlin, ST Luk, Miwako Tezuka),  Arakawa+Gins Tokyo office (Takeyoshi Matsuda, Haruka Seno, Haruka Kawaguchi, Momoyo Homma), Reiko Tomii, Takashi Ikegami, Akihiko Ono, Nomura Yasuo, Matisse ApSimon-Megens, Anouk Hoogendoorn, and Benjamin Muñoz, Adrienne Hart, Mariko Kida Publisher: ratik ISBN:978-4-907438-56-2(EPUB)ISBN:978-4-907438-57-9(PDF)ISBN:978-4-907438-58-6(POD)ISBN:978-4-907438-59-3(Amazon Kindle)ISBN:978-4-907438-60-9(AmazonPOD) Price: 2,500 JPY(Tax included)E-book    : 6,000JPY(Tax included)E-book + Paperback    : 2,500JPY(Tax included)Amazon Kindle    : 6,050JPY(Tax included)AmazonPOD ratik This book seeks to look back sincerely at Arakawa and Gins’s legacy as well as look ahead to see how we can continue what they have left in the context of the situations we are facing now, and beyond, toward the 22nd century. “Who are we and where are we going?— ‘puzzle creatures to ourselves, we are visitations of inexplicability.’ Arakawa and [Madeline] Gins posed these questions via multiple modes in the most profound manner, proposing concrete (albeit tentative) visions for the coming century. Recall that Arakawa always urged us: ‘do it, now!’ Need we be reminded that the