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Experiment in Creating a Shared Space -- "Warming Ourselves about a Tiny Fire"

2011-11-25 (Fri) 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Participatory Research Project sponsored by Osaka University Global COE "A Research Base for Conflict Studies in the Humanities"

Experiment in Creating a Shared Space -- "Warming Ourselves about a Tiny Fire"

"Warming Ourselves about a Tiny Fire" will be held on Friday, November 25. In this experimental research project, participants from different backgrounds will spend some time together, enjoying eating and warming themselves about a small fire.

Objectives of this event

In a typical school day, we go about our work according the department we work in and our specialty and position within it. However, in this event, under the theme "Discovering Society through Encounters with People beyond the Borders of Daily Life," participants will have a chance to enjoy chatting as they eat around a work of art, a small fire built under the direction of artist Oyamada. People from different backgrounds will sit around this fire sharing time together. Perhaps you may discover a new self and social group. Please consider joining us for this experiment.

Venue: Namiko Park in front of the Main Library on the Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University
Registration is not necessary. There will be a heated room where you can go if you get cold; however, since this is an outside event, you are strongly encouraged to come and join us dressed in warm clothes.
Participants will share a potluck supper.
Cost: As much or as little as you like.
Participants are requested to bring something to cook or grill, something they'd like to offer the other participants --foods, drinks, teas, side dishes, desserts, etc.-- and are encouraged to bring their own plate and cup.
The guest to this event will be OYAMADA Toru, artist, a "fanatical landscaper," Kyoto City University of Arts. He's scheduled to talk outside on the 25th; however, in case of rain, the event will be held inside.

  • Walk east about 15 minutes from Ishibashi station on Takarazuka Line of Hankyu Railway (express trains stop), or
  • Walk about 10 minutes from exit at Shibahara of Osaka Monorail.

For more information, click here.

Participants will start to dig a fire pit around 1:00 p.m., cut firewood, build a fire, and bake bread. As the evening progresses, the participants will sit around this "tiny fire" Oyamada art work.
Brief bio of Mr. Toru OYAMADA
Mr. Oyamada formed a performance group Dumb Type with his friends in 1984. As a member of Dumb Type, he has created various shared spaces since 1990. He has designed community centers such as ArtScape and Weekend Cafe. He was also involved in the start-up of the community cafe Bazaar Cafe. He is now working on shared spaces through activities like this one.

Note: Interested persons can come and go from this event as they like. Organizers would appreciate help from participants in cleaning up the venue after the event. Participants are also encouraged to help with preparations for this event if and when possible.

Won't you join us for preparation for the experiment as well?

Organizers invite the participation of interested individuals in planning this event. Plans need to be made for making signs to advertise this event, planning the day, cutting firewood, building the fire, baking bread and making various foods. You are welcome to be one of the volunteers whether you are connected to the university or not. Please join us!
Venue for preparation work: Medialab, 4th floor, Bigaku Building, School of Letters, Toyonaka Campus,Osaka University
Organizers will conduct preliminary work as necessary. For details, please visit Meidalab directly or contact Ms. Kubota.
To view a map, click here.
Sponsored by: Small Fire Project Steering Committee, Global COE Program A Research Base for Conflict Studies in the Humanities, Crossing Popular Culture, Osaka University
In cooperation with: Medialab, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University
For more information, contact:
Email: medialab[at] 

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Tel: 06-6850-6719

Date: 2011-11-25 (Fri) 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Registration: Not necessary.

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