Seminar: “Utsusu“: The projection as cultural gesture


Welcome to open seminar with Tomoko Mukai, associate professor at the Department of Design, College of Art, Nihon University in Tokyo. Wednesday 4. October from 11 – 12 at CODE (Center for Codesign Research), Room 90. 3. 15, Fabrikmestervej 6, 1435 Copenhagen K.

Tomoko’s design and art projects approach to the utilization of spatial projection for public spaces, exhibition design and a wide range of experimental purposes and cooperation. I perceive spatial projection as cultural gesture and experience media for personal/collective memory, consideration and imagination in the society. In this lecture, I would like to show my some projects to talk about possibilities and potentials of spatial projection with mention of Japanese verb (concept) “Utusu”.


Tomoko Mukai engages with cultural und spatial projection through computer-generated optical landscapes. Her approach aims to provide intuitive experiences focusing on complex relationships between information, collective and/or individual memory and bodily perception shared in social life. She has presented them at various kinds of sites as cultural and historical hubs in local communities, namely architectures as cultural heritages, e.g. in a church in Cologne, a former elementary school in Tokyo, over a river, in temples and shrines in Japan, and several cultural institutions like museums and halls in Japan and abroad. Mukais community design projects examine the utilization of cultural heritages and art resources in local communities. She proposes exhibition design from aspects of museum informatics and organizes workshops for children in cooperation with international cultural and educational institutions such as public museums and libraries. She emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration with different professional cultural and scientific fields. In such collaborations, she fosters to stride across boundary of platforms for expressions between different genres.


CV: Tomoko Mukai

Bachelor of Arts, the Department of Scenography, Display and Fashion Design at Musashino Art University. (MAU), Tokyo in 1991. Master of Audio-Visual Media, The Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM), Germany in 1996. Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 1993-1995. Domestic scholarship from the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2000-2001. Part-time lecturer at Tokyo Zokei University in 2001-2002, Tama Art University in 2001-2007 and other universities. Research assistant at the University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts in 2001-2004, as research associate in 2004-2005. Since 2008 associate professor (assistant professor in 2005-07) at the Department of Design, College of Art, Nihon University in Tokyo.

See more in the portfolio here: portfolio_tomokomukai_en

About Eva Brandt

Eva Brandt is Professor in Social Design at Design School Kolding since May 2019. Eva is scientific leader of the Lab for Social Design. The main part of her research is about how designers can stage open design processes (design labs based on participatory design/codesign) with many participants who both can inquire into existing practices and explore possible futures in common. She also contributes to theorizing about experimental design research driven by programs and experiments. She has been contributing to several books such as Design Spaces (IT Press, 2005), Rehearsing the Future (The Danish Design School Press, 2010), XLAB (The Danish Design School Press, 2011), Facilitating Change – Using Interactive Methods in Organizations, Communities and Networks (Polyteknisk Forlag, 2011), and Routledge International Handbook of Participatory Design (Routledge, 2013). Practice Based Design Reseach (2017). Ledelse og samskabelse i den offentlige sektor (2018). Eva has been chairing the Nordic Design Research Conference in 2013, and are chairing the Nordes 2021 too.
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