The Graduate School of Global Arts will hold a public lecture focusing on the “senses of place” of art projects that are closely connected to local communities. The panelists from Malaysia and Canada will explore the idea of the senses of place in arts through the method of “cultural mapping” from their respective perspectives. Those interested in the relationship between society and arts, locality and community, and place and culture are welcome to attend.


Janet PILLAI (Independent Researcher/Malaysia)

Lana TRAN(PhD Candidate/Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts/Canada)

Moderator: Sumiko KUMAKURA (Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts)

Date: 2:40 pm – 4:40 pm, Dec 9th, 2022   (open 2:10 pm)

Venue: Meeting Room(2F), Senju Campus, Tokyo University of the Arts

Admission free 

reservation required

(However, if seats are available, you are welcome to join on the day)

Organized by the Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts

Janet Pillai
Cultural Mapping and its Application in Arts-based Placemaking


Janet Pillai taught at the Department of Performing Arts, University Science Malaysia between 1984-2013 and founded a non-profit organisation ARTS-ED in 2007 that specialises in arts education and socially engaged arts.  Since 2014 Pillai has worked as an independent consultant specialising in cultural mapping, conservation and sustainability. She conducts training in cultural mapping and community engagement for artists, cultural workers and NGOs in Southeast Asian countries, while also servicing organisations such as UNESCO Bangkok, APCIEU Korea, THINKCITY Malaysia and Getty Foundation USA as a resource person. Pillai has also authored several books, articles and on-line resources on the subject of arts education and socially engaged arts practice in Southeast Asia.   

Lana Tran
A Multicentered Home: Creative Approaches to “Senses of Place” in the City

Born in Toronto; Based in Tokyo since 2011. Lana Tran is a doctoral student and Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholar in Art Studies and Curatorial Practices at Tokyo University of the Arts. After developing arts exhibitions and intercultural programs in urban environments with the artist-led centre 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Tokyo),Lana attained a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto in 2019. Her current research considers how place-based heritage and memory is collected, archived and (re)presented in contemporary Japanese art projects. Drawing from her familial experience with migration, Lana also asks how we negotiate our relationship with place and displacement—a question she explores with her adopted dog Pepper.