*Closing soon* Open call for artists and researchers to take part in the 1st Fundamentalz Bazaar
February 24, 2021
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)
The Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU), The University of Tokyo, partners with the Graduate School of Science, Osaka University, and co-hosted by the Japan Association of Communication for Science and Technology (JACST) will host the 1st Fundamentalz Bazaar. We are now welcoming registrations from artists and researchers interested in taking part in this social event.
Registrations close at the end of February 2021. We welcome both artists and researchers who have had experience working with science, and those who are interested but have never had the opportunity.
In the midst of a pandemic, we are faced with a situation in which the everyday is no longer the everyday, and, we are left re-examining the fundamental questions in all aspects of life. In both Fundamentals Bazaar and Fundamental Talks, we define the researchers in cutting-edge science fields and artists in contemporary art as “fundamentals”—inventors who seek something “fundamental,” “essential,” or akin to truth. Our purpose is to establish a platform where fundamentals can “escape” their usual work and pursue that which is fundamental—and to do so in their own, individual way. What’s more, the idea of the significance and importance of the fundamental pursuits will be raised to the general public.
- The governing body is a sub-committee of a mutual aid organization of science and technology PR practitioners
About 200 public relations practitioners from about 130 organizations nationwide participate in The Japan Association of Communication for Science and Technology. Click here to see the list of 52 institutions (out of 130) The sub-committee is organized by seven of those members. It includes a diverse range of scientific fields.
- Nomination by Applicants
In their application, applicants must specify the researcher or artist, research institution, and science field that they wish to interact. The operations team will set up partners according to the applications as much as possible. This is a chance meet new researchers and/or artists that you may usually not have any contact with, or had wanted to in the past but never had the opportunity.
- Public disclosure of interactions and consensus building
Applicants, and the partners they are put together with, will be able to meet at the Fundamentals Bazaar. By sharing actual interactions between researchers and artists with the general public, we will attempt to raise awareness of the significance of the fundamentals - the significance of pursuing something essential that is similar to the truth, although it is not yet known how it can be evaluated, and in the long run link to consensus building within our society.
- Two-phase concept
For those who form partnerships during the Fundamentals Bazaar, these pairs will further develop their projects through research institute residencies or visits, and present their work in an intermediate presentation. The operations group will coordinate and provide some financial consultations.
Individuals must fufill the following
- Be the researcher or artist interested in the project
- Be able to participate in the program on both days
- To qualify as a researcher in this project, we require you to have a certain amount of experience in your field. You must also be affiliated with a research institution. To qualify as an artist, we require you to have publicly released work continuosly for the past 5 years at the least.
You will be provided with the following:
- 1 booth wall (roughly 100cm by 200cm)
- 1 monitor
- 1 poster wall
- 1 electric socket
- Financial assistance or travel expenses will not be provided
Registration: https://fundamentalz.jp (Fundamentalz website)
Closing date for registration: End of February
Capacity: 10 to 15 individuals
- There is no guarantee that we will be able to coordinate you with an appropriate partner(s).
- There is no guarantee you will form partnership(s).
- In order to provide a balanced program, the operations group may select participants. We may contact you for further details into your work. Your understanding would be most appreciated.
Fundamentalz Bazaar Overview
Title: Fundamentalz Bazaar
Venue: Uranus, Saturn rooms, 7F, Miraikan
Time & Date:
13:00 - 17:30, June 5 (Sat), 2021 (restricted to invited participants only)
13:00 - 17:30, June 6 (Sun), 2021 (open to public)
* Note: Depending on the pandemic, this event may be postponed until September
Organizer: Japan Association of Communication for Science and Technology, Public Relations Working Group in Collaboration with Adjacent Disciplines
Co-host: Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe
Funding: Arts Council Tokyo
Partner: Graduate School of Science, Osaka University
About the Japan Association of Communication for Science and Technology (JACST)
Established in 2007 as the Japan Association of Communication for Science and Technology (JACST), the organization consists of 200 members engaged in public relations in over 80 science institutions. JACST is an independent, mutual cooperation association where members share best practices, support their mutual development, and grow as a community. JACT’s subcommittee for “the study of public relations for the benefit of science promotion by cooperating with adjacent disciplines” consists of public relations officers and the University Research Administrators; the Graduate School of Science, Osaka University; the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU); the National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU); the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN); and, the RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS). Adjacent disciplines include the arts and philosophy.
About the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)
In 2007, the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU) was incorporated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as a World Premiere International Research Center Initiative (WPI) within the University of Tokyo. Around 100 researchers in three fields—mathematics, physics, and cosmology—gather there from around the world to collaborate. Together, they seek answers to five mysteries about the universe: what is it made of; how did it begin; what is its fate; what are the laws that govern it; why do we exist? In 2012, IPMU become the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) following an endowment by the Kavli Foundation in the United States. Researchers at the Kavli IPMU have produced numerous internationally co-authored papers that have been citied widely. Hirosi Ooguri, who has specialized in particle physics since 2018, is the institute’s director. Since 2014, the institute has been running exchange programs between its researchers and experts in the fields of philosophy and art.
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