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Through the introduction of classes and booklets by Prof. Chihaya Shimomura who has conducted advanced research and classes, we will reflect on the traces of thinking and teaching practices.


Shimomura Chihaya

1941, Born in Hiroshima Prefecture

1965, Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts graduate course

1970, Appointed as full-time teacher of Musashino Art University Faculty of Design Department of Industrial Design Department of Commercial Design (current Department of Visual Communication Design)

1984, Became a professor of Department of Visual Communication Design, and Graduate School of Art and Design

2012, Resigned from Musashino Art University


- Language of Vision -

This is an introduction to the "Language of Vision" class which was conducted for second graders at the Department of Visual Communication Design at Musashino Art University.

This class was conducted 13 times, traced the source of thought about contemporary Plastic Space, and gave us hints to consider the possibility of new plastic arts in the future.

The worksheets imposed on students as the comprehension questions at the end of each class were unique and interesting attempts.

Class summary (from syllabus):

Focusing on the book "Language of Vision" by George Kepes, we overview how the visual revolution that began in the early 20th century formed our modern concept of space. And then, through understanding the characteristics of various plastic movements and their ideas, we think about what the basis of contemporary design is.

G. Kepes faced the collapse of space expression by visual imitation of the outside world caused by modernization in the early 20th century and the drastic change of living environment, and searched the principle of shaping of a new age based on Mondrian's idea of space composition. G. Kepes created this new principle of plastic art based on the new gestalt psychology of the time. Also, as a principle of representation of the inner world that became the object of new visual expression, he opened the way to the synthesis and organization of visual symbols based on the philosophy of symbols and the symbolic theory of Charles W. Morris.

These two truly creative foresights, which redefine the relationship between humans and vision, are an precious legacy for those who study modern design and plastic art.

Rrole of visual expression and visual image, law of visual organization, perspective and its collapse, principle of space composition and space-time expression, light and texture, and the method of semantic image composition which is used in mecanical photo-montage and psychological collage, will be explained. Through concrete examples, we will consider the organic and integrative principles of plastic images, the human meaning of vision, the role and creation of modern visual language.

In addition, I want you to relive the trajectory of the vision of various plastic movements by worksheet.

Contents of class:

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4th "Plastic Organization, Internal fources"

About A living body that maintains a dynamic equilibrium state, Eye and Retina Characteristics, Dynamic interaction between figure and ground, Color balance, Direction and speed of visual movement, Visual Basic Principle of Image Organization

5th "Rhythm, Melody"

About An image that constantly changes and keeps moving, The time continuity of movement and spatial extension, Organization of time structure by rhythm, Polysemantic space due to double contour

6th "meaning and creation of visual representation"

About The relationship and roles of images between human behavior and nature / environment, Visual representation as a sign system, Visual integration of spatial experiences, Clear iconographical record of the world, Representation and release of desire and will.

7th "history of method of visual representation"

About Organization of space by size, Modern space represesntation by transparency and mutual penetration, Anatomy of perspective image, Expansion of the linear perspective and spatial distortion, new spatial representation method of photography and movie.

8th "simultaneous representation of cubism"

About Industrial Revolution and the Emergence of Artificial Visual Environments and the Collapse of Perspectives, Spatial pursuit of the object by multi-viewpoint and simultaneous projection image, Rediscovery of basical plastic power of figure and color and construction of space.

The 12th "Re-integration of meaningful visual signs"

About the organization of visual signs based on the logic system of the deep psychological association, and the importance of the photomontage, the principle of image synthesis based on functional relations.

13th "Visual Language of Postmodernism"

About the condition of postmodernism, information revolution and global environmental problems, the ecological approach to perception, interactivity, computer interaction processes and interfaces.



Here, this site's manager (Kiyoshi Nishimoto) 's past independent works, works used in his classes to explain the characteristics of human vision and the principles of animation and the possibility of animation will be shown.

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