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UNLIMITED: Reaching for a new Horizon in Science, #2: The horizon of theater and reality

2013-12-7 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Talks by Worry KINOSHITA, a producer and playwright, and Ichiro KANAYA, a computer scientist and associate professor

Around 2000, sets and props for plays started to change drastically for the first time in a century. Worry KINOSHITA, a leader of the performance group The Original Tempo, and Ichiro KANAYA, a computer scientist who is known for his media art work and investigation of Egyptian world heritage sites, will talk about theater and reality.
While Mr. Kinoshita cuts to the heart of theater by using visual tricks, Associate Prof. Kanatani pursues the nature of reality by means also of visual tricks. In what ways do a producer and computer scientist think about the reality found in theater and by the use of engineering devices? These two outstanding individuals, who made a joint presentation in TEDxKyoto 2013 and have been involved in other successful international events, will talk about what will happen beyond "the horizon of theater and reality" in the next 100, 200, ... even 1000 years.

Date & Time: Saturday, December 7, 2013, 14:00 ~ 15:30
Registration starts at 13:30.
Venue: Multi-purpose studio, Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, 1st floor, Osaka University Hall, Toyonaka Campus, Osaka University, 1-13 Machikaneyama-cho, Toyonaka City
There is no fee for attending for this event.
Seating space in the venue: 80
Registration is necessary. Applications will be accepted until all openings are filled. Please note that this event is not intended for children preschool age and younger.

Making Application:
To make application, please send an email or fax entitled "UNLIMITED #2 [or #1]." Send the name of the talk (you can participate in both UNLIMITED talks 1 and 2), your name (with furigana), your age, your address with postal code, and your phone number or email address. Successful applicants will be informed by postcard. Please show the postcard at the door.

Application period: Thursday, October 3, 2013 ~ Monday, December 2, 17:00

Fax: 06-6850-6449
For more information, contact: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University

Tel: 06-6850-6443
Brief bios of speakers

Worry KINOSHITA, producer, playwright, and festival director

worry_1Worry hails from Tokyo where he was born in 1971. In 1993, while he was enrolled in Kobe University, he formed a theatrical group Sekai Ichidan (currently called sunday) in which he produced and directed all their works. His method of production places major emphasis on actor's physical characteristics. In 2002, he founded the performance group The Original Tempo, and serves as the producer. Actors in his drama Don't talk! Play!!, which attracted a lot of attention both in Japan and abroad, have no lines. Rather, it's a masterful mix of drama, video, music, and dance that makes use of projection mapping, enhanced daily sounds, and visual tricks. The Original Tempo were invited to international festivals in more than 10 countries, and received a five star rating in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Worry was also involved in international joint productions in Korea and Slovenia.
He has been engaged in performances for many organizations and has served as a chief producer in a drama festival and as a workshop instructor. From 2011 to 2012, he served as a director at a theater school CAMP! which he opened with Osaka City Geijutsu Sozo-kan and Independent Theatre. In 2011, he organized PLAY PARK -- Japan Short Performance Festival in Tokyo. In 2013, he is involved in the production of Nikikai's opera L'elisir d'amore, the production of YOUPLAY, experience-based theater with audiences, the playwriting and production of the New Tokyo Performance Doll, and direction of the Tama 1 km Festival.

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Ichiro KANAYA, computer scientist, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University

kanaya_3Although working in education and research at Osaka University,  Professor Kanaya serves as a part-time lecturer at Kyoto Saga University of Arts,  a director at the NPO Kodomo Art, a representative of Pineapple Design, and a production director of TEDxKyoto.
After graduating from the School of Engineering, Kansai University, he completed a doctor's course at the Graduate School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology.
He has been involved in computer graphics research, design, and media art and traveled in Cambodia and Egypt for the purpose of protecting world heritage sites and their digitalization. He has a doctor's degree in engineering.
His publications include the coauthored Feeling, Enjoying, and Creating Sensitivity Informatics (Kousakusha, 2004) His work of art The Mirror of Transfiguration in 2009 was displayed at the National Museum of Ethnology and the Embassy of Japan in Canada. His media art Polyphonic Jump, he jointly produced in 2011, was awarded the encouragement award in the KOBE Biennale 2011.
He has delivered many lectures including "Design sensitivity developed by science" at the 2012 Japan Parliamentary Debate Union (JPDU) opening seminar.

For information about UNLIMITED, #1, go here.

What is "UNLIMITED Talk for Reaching for a new Horizon in Science?

Now the limits of science are being asked. An "unlimited" dialogue between performers with unique imagination and scientists with inquiring mind may give birth to new wisdom that may bring a breatkthrough in scientific limitations. UNLIMITED talks aim to open a new gate for science while sharing innovative knowledge brought by performers and scientists who are active in different areas with the public.

Date: 2013-12-7 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Registration: Registration by email is required.
Contact: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University

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