a work shop: Thinking of the basics - Science, Philosophy, and Art

December 25, 2019
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)

On February 24, 2020, we will host the 4th in our series of the experimental workshop, "a workshop: Thinking of the basics - Science, Philosophy, and Art" at the Tamarokuto Science Center. Please join us to discuss and think about the things that are shared in science, philosophy and art. Or maybe there isn't?


Yukinobu Toda (Kavli IPMU Principal Investigator, University of Tokyo)
After receiving his PhD from the Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Tokyo, Toda became a Project Assistant Professor at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe in January 2008. He then became a Project Associate Professor, then Associate Professor, before becoming a Principal Investigator at Kavli IPMU since April 2017, and Professor at the University of Tokyo since July 2017. He is a recipient of the Geometry Prize, the Spring Prize of the Mathematical Society of Japan, and the JSPS Prize. His field is algebraic geometry.

Shigeru Taguchi (Center for Human-Nature, Artificial Intelligence, and Neuroscience Director, Hokkaido University)
After receiving his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Wuppertal, Germany, Taguchi became Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, Art and Science at Yamagata University, Associate Professor and later Professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Human Sciences at Hokkaido University. He became Director of the Center for Human-Nature, Artificial Intelligence, and Neuroscience Director in July 2019. Taguchi is the author of several books, including "Phenomenological Thinking", and co-author of "What is Reality". His field is phenomenology, interdisciplinary consciousness research, and Kitaro Nishida & Hajime Tanabe philosophy.

Nobuhiro Hanaoka (Sculptor)
After receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree at Kyoto Seika University, Hanaoka has had his work displayed in various galleries in Japan. Recent exhibitions to display his work include Roppongi Crossing 2019: Connexions, Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto: Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition, still moving @KCUA exhibition, HUMOR and LEAP of THOUGHT Exhibition. Hanaoka mainly combines everyday object, wood carvings, and off-the-shelf products to create three-dimensional pieces.

Moderator: Aya Tsuboi (Kavli IPMU)


The theme for this workshop is: How to approach an object in a different way from the usual.

A common belief is that mathematics and art are two forms that treat their objects in a different, and often exaggerated way. It is often believed that the two treat objects rigorously from a fundamental nature or with an edge.

On the other hand, it could be thought that the way in which every day objects are treated by the majority of the population is missing something crucial. To put it another way, it has become normal to miss getting in touch with something that could easily be touched by using mathematics or art. As human beings, is it not a mistake that these have not been implemented into society.

In this workshop we will hear from a mathematician and an artist about how they interact with objects, and hear from a philosopher about how humans have been thinking about objects. We invite everyone to join in and think about what we are missing from experiencing in our day to day lives.

Start Point
By identifying the characteristics of some example mathematical objects and works of art (and the materials used to create them), we will look at how the idea of an object has been handled in a history of philosophy. Then, we will discuss and organize the range of objects to humans, before looking for what is missing in every day life. - Aya Tsuboi


* The finishing time may change on the day. We ask for your understanding

10:00-10:15 Opening
10:15-11:30 Art Session*
11:40-12:55 Mathematics Session*
12:55-13:55 LUNCH
13:55-15:10 Philosophy Session*
15:20-16:35 Discussion**
16:35-16:50 Closing remarks

* Sessions include
 - Introduction by a speaker (10 - 20min)
 - Discussion and comments from the moderator and other speakers (40 - 50min)
 - Q&A and discussion with participants (15min)

**Discussion includes
 - Speaker discussion (approx. 60min)
 - Q&A and discussion with participants (15min)


Date: 10:00 - 16:30, February 24 (Mon) 2020

Science Study Room, Tamarokuto Science Center
Shibakubocho 5-10-64, Nishi-Tokyo, Tokyo

  • From Hanakoganei station, Seibu Shinjuku line: 6 min by bus (Hana bus, bound for Tanashi station). Get off at Tamarokuto Science Center stop.
  • From Kichijoji station, JR line: 30 min by bus (吉64 Seibu bus, bound for Hanakoganei station). Get off at Kagakukan Minamiguchi. Followed by 7 min on foot.
  • From Higashikurume station west exit, Seibu Ikebukuro line: 10 min by bus (武12 Seibu bus, bound for Musashikoganei station). Get off at Shin-Ome Kaido. Followed by 10 min on foot.
Host: University of Tokyo Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, Tamarokuto Science Center
Recommended Age Level: 18-years-old
Admission: Tamarokuto Science Center entrance fee
Seats: 48

Should registrations exceed venue capacity, seats will be allocated by lottery.

Registration: Registration form (Tamarokuto Science Center, registration deadline: Feb 10)
Contact us:

04-7136-5981 / Email: koukai-kouza_at_ipmu.jp (Kavli IPMU Public Relations)
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Kavli IPMU Fundamental+ Project

A series of events where Kavli IPMU researchers have exchanged discussions with experts from different disciplines. Click here for a full list of past events.