Talk Event: Piotr Bujak “The Grey Way_s: Do It Yourself and empathy-oriented methodologies of engaging seniors in the post-covid cultural circuit”

Piotr Bujak, photo by P.Haladus

A special lecture will be given by artist/researcher Piotr Bujak.
Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 18:00-19:30
Venue: GA Lecture Room (4F), TAKI PLAZA, Ueno Campus, Tokyo University of the Arts

Presenter: Piotr Bujak (Artist/Researcher)
Moderator: Yoshitaka Mori (Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts)

Organizer: Yoshitaka Mori Lab, Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
Language: English

This performative lecture will reflect on how the unique experience of elder citizens, who are rather marginalized in the contemporary creative scene, could be harvested in a framework of independent, research-based art practices.
From the perspective of Sustainable Development Goals, ranging from Zero Hunger to Good Health and Well Being to Quality Education to Reduced Inequalities and eventually to Responsible Consumption and Production, the presentation will touch on issues like individual vulnerability, social awareness and public responsibility. 

Furthermore, in the context of current demographic challenges, particularly visible after 2019, looking into Piotr’s approach to inclusiveness and mutual care will also suggest how such methodology can expand alternative anthropological field-work apparatus.

The event shall commence with an open discussion and  brainstorming. 

WALK THIS WAY, collaborative performance in a public space, 2024
ACE OF SPADES, video, 2023
L.O.V.E.L.E.T.T.E.R.S. 2017-2022, interdisciplinary project, digital photo, print on paper

Piotr Bujak
Polish interdisciplinary artist and independent researcher born in 1982. Graduate of Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland (MFA 2009), San Francisco Art Institute, California, USA (MFA 2012) and Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan (PhD 2022). As a Fulbright fellow he studied with Lynn Hershman Lesson, Renee Green and Stephanie Syjuco. As a MEXT student was affiliated with Akihito Kubota. Currently employed as a JSPS postdoctoral researcher in the Yoshitaka Mouri lab at the School of Global Arts of Tokyo University of the Arts.

Interested mainly in cross-cultural, comparative analysis about identity, politics, media and cultural heritage, he bridges practice-based art research with experimental anthropology and social critique. Employing Do It Yourself, Low Budget, Quick & Dirty and Hit and Run strategies, with references to conceptualism, minimalism, avant-garde and arte povera, his work ranges from and combines time-based media, staged-for-camera performances, installation, sculpture, digital print, found objects, interventions, and vandalism.