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Lab Café Special featuring Search Project - "Talking about the Stones of Planet Earth: A Planetary Geologist and an Artist"

2016-5-20 (Fri) 19:00 - 20:00

There are various stones and geological formations found all over the world that emerged from the birth and evolution of the planet Earth, including the islands of Japan. And since the dawn of recorded history, humans have taken various types of countless stones and used them in tools, buildings, jewelry, and even religion. A planetary geologist and an artist, believed to be obsessed by the charm of these stones, will come together at the Search Project vol. 5 "Behavior and Dialogue Regarding Disasters" Exhibit. KOYAMADA Toru, a member of the Speleological Society of Japan currently undertaking his "Nigiriishi (Holding Stone)" dialogue project, and SAIKI Kazuto, who performs research on the origin of the moon and planets as well as volcanic activity measurements based on petrology and mineralogy, will have a dialogue on the origin of stones, which can even be called fragments of the Earth itself.


KOYAMADA Toru (Artist), SAIKI Kazuto (Planetary geologist/mineralogist; Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University)

Café Master

KINOSHITA Chieko (Steering committee, Art Area B1)

With Support by

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Science and Technology Communication Promotion Project, "Network Formation Type"

•  Admission starts 30 minutes before the scheduled start time.

•  The program may be modified without notice from what is noted on this page.

What is Lab Café?

A major program instituted at Art Area B1, "Lab Café" is designed and implemented by the Center for the Study of Communication-Design. Lab Café is an interactive program in which participants have wide-ranging discussions on a variety of topics. The program aims to make the station a communication space in the arts and academia by taking up various themes in philosophy, art, science and technology and providing the general public with chances to be exposed to expertise on those topics.

What is Art Area B1?

The concourse of the first basement of Naniwabashi Station was set up as Art Area B1 when the Keihan Electric Railway's Nakanoshima Line was opened on October 19, 2008. Since then, the project has aimed to make the station a center of artistic communication.

Date: 2016-5-20 (Fri) 19:00 - 20:00
Organizer: Art Area B1 (Osaka University, NPO Dance Box, Keihan Electric Railway)
Sponsored: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Science and Technology Communication Promotion Project, "Network Formation Type"
Venue: Art Area B1 (1st Basement Concourse, Naniwabashi Station, Keihan Nakanoshima Line)
Registration: Registration is not required for this seminar.
Contact: Osaka University Center for the Study of Communication-Design

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