International Conference & Workshop A/R/P (Art/Research/Practice) 2021

Call for Papers and Projects

The International Conference & Workshop: A/R/P (Art/Research/Practice)2021 is now calling for papers or projects. In addition to conventional academic conference presentations, we welcome any other ambitious presentation forms such as video, film, music/sound, performance, and exhibitions. In principle, presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes, but please consult with us regarding other formats.

Depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are planning to use both online and offline formats for this conference/workshop. While participants from Japan may be able to give offline presentations, it remains highly unlikely that participants from abroad will be able to travel to Japan. All presentations will be streamed and uploaded online.

Those who wish to make a presentation are requested to apply by filling out the application form below by 17:00 (Japan time) on Friday, August 27th, 2021. Please send the filled form to:

The results of the selection process will be sent to applicants by Wednesday, September 1st in, 2021.

Registration Fee: Free

A/R/P (Art/Research/Practice) 2021

October 2 (Sat.) – October 3 (Sun), 2021

Venue: Tokyo University of the Arts, Senju Campus + Online

The fields of contemporary art and research in the humanities and social sciences are beginning to interconnect. Research-based art (RBA)—in which artists create artworks and projects based on sociological and anthropological research—has been expanding greatly, partly due to the “social turn” in contemporary art since the early 1990s. This is deeply related to the emergence of new art forms such as socially engaged art (SEA), participatory art, and community art; the development of technology such as digital media and computers; and the institutional transformation of art galleries and museums.

On the other hand, arts-based research (ABR) or ‘artistic research’ has developed within fields previously conducted mainly through texts, including anthropology, sociology, education, media studies and cultural studies. These fields have integrated the arts (visual art, literary art, music/sound art, media art, and performing arts) to conduct qualitative research in response to changes in theories, research methodologies, research targets, as well as transformations in the nature of the humanities. These results are now widely visible not only in research presentations, but also in practice, education, and workshops that actively try to reintegrate the research process into society.

This international conference and workshop, titled ‘Art/Research/Practice’, draws attention to the unique developments in the respective fields of contemporary art and the humanities and social sciences, while also exploring the potentialities of the intersections, similarities, and differences between these two fields.

Organized by:     The Graduate School of Global Arts (GA), Tokyo University of the Arts

Asia Art Research (Arts and Research in Asia/ARinA) Project

                       Yoshitaka Mori Lab

Keynote Speakers: 

Professor Masayuki Okahara (Sociologist, Professor Keio University)

Dr. Itsushi Kawase (Visual Anthropologist & Associate Professor, National Museum of Ethnology)

Dr. Lu Pan (Associate Professor & Undergraduate Programme Leader, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Research Project ‘Millennial Nomad Space’ (Department of Architecture, School of Design & Environment, National University of Singapore) 

Introduction by Dr. Simone Shu-Yeng CHUNG (Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore)

Relativity 6
Presenter: CHUA Ming Hao, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore
Death in Venice
Presenter: ZHU Shengbuwei, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore