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“Meet the Artists” Workshop Series
Yamamoto Takayuki’s “Ichthys”

* Booked Out

Another Energy Related Program
Conducted in Japanese

Human gender was depicted in diverse ways in the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as in ancient Japanese literature such as the Kojiki. In contrast, our era in which it has been commonplace for people to live with the gender that they were born with until death has continued for a long time. In many day-to-day situations, the preconceptions that we live in a way that is expected as either “men” or “women” are still deeply rooted in our society.

Unlike humans, in the world of organisms such as fish to take one example, we can see that aquatic creatures change in gender according to the process in which they grow as well as their environment. These creatures even bring about changes in their own gender to survive, as well as possess gender in an entirely different way from us. There are some fish within the same school whose gender is dependent upon their size, and there are even fish who change gender 20 times in a single day.

In this project, we learn about the diverse manifestations of gender determination in the world of fish, and join artist Yamamoto Takayuki along with musicians and children to express these things. The children will write songs, make costumes, create set pieces, etc., in a series of workshops, and finish by staging a musical, which will be filmed and made available for viewing.

Workshop Activities

Participants listen to a lecture regarding the gender of fish by an aquatic researcher, after which the musicians make a song based on what they heard. Artists and children make costumes, set pieces and other items, sing, and perform their completed song.

Yamamoto Takayuki (Artist)
Nukata Taishi (Composer, Theater Director)
Tenniscoats (Musicians)
Kanda Shinji (Associate Professor, Department of Marine Bioscience, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo)
Iida Atsuo (Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University)
Date & Time
#1 14:00-17:00, Saturday, June 5, 2021
* With some break time
Activities: Participants will meet the musicians, and after listening to the story from the fish expert, discuss about the lyrics for their musical.
Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum or Online using Zoom (video conferencing/meeting)
#2 10:00-12:30, Saturday, July 10, 2021
Activities: Complete the lyrics according to the music composed by the musicians.
Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum or Online using Zoom (video conferencing/meeting)
#3 10:00-15:00, Saturday, July 17, 2021
* With lunch break
Activities: Make the masks for the musical and discuss about the costumes.
Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum (TBD)
#4 10:00-15:00, Saturday, July 24, 2021
* With lunch break
Activities: Make the sets and props for the musical.
Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum (TBD)
#5 10:00-15:00, Saturday, July 31, 2021
* With lunch break
Activities: Practice songs and check the whole movements of the musical.
Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum (TBD)
#6 10:00-15:00, Saturday, August 7, 2021
* With lunch break
Activities: Practice songs, and check the movements on the stage for the last time.
Venue: Auditorium, Mori Art Museum
#7 14:00-17:00 (TBD), Saturday, August 14, 2021
Activities: Rehersal
Venue: Goethe-Institut Tokyo
#8 10:00-15:00 (TBD), Sunday, August 15, 2021
* With lunch break
Activities: On-stage performance
Venue: Goethe-Institut Tokyo
From 6 to 10 years old
Booking Period
Tuesday, May 11 - 24:00, Thursday, May 27, 2021
Results of the Lottery
Results of the lottery will be sent to each person via e-mail by Friday, May 28, 2021.

・ Please participate with a guardian.
・ For this program, we will be using “Zoom” a web-based video conferencing system. To attend this event, please have your computer or tablet ready with the “Zoom” app installed beforehand.
・ Zoom ID provided to join in this workshop is for the participant only. Do not share with the other persons.
・ Review the instructions on the Zoom Video Communications, Inc.’s website provided below and test the connection. Please check whether you can hear the sound in advance.
・ See this information for how to use “Zoom.”

Our Requests (to Participants):

- Please leave your device’s camera on whenever possible while attending this program, as this makes it easier for everyone to see their reactions mutually, making the program flow more smoothly.
- For protection of your privacy, we’d urge you NOT to use your real name or your full name as your “Zoom” username. Change your username to your first name only, or use a nickname or some other name. You will be able to change your username while attending the program.
- Please refrain from taking audio/video recordings or photos of the session contents, including those of the participants, unless you are given permission to do so during the session.
- Participants who exhibit unruly behaviors may be asked to leave the session.
- Note that we will be recording video and images of this video conferencing during the Workshop program; and these contents may be reposted on the official websites, social media channels of Mori Building Co., Ltd., Mori Art Museum and/or precog co.,LTD., or any other promotional/publicity media, among other places.
- Also note that the recordings of this program may be used in the works of Yamamoto Takayuki, the artist who leads this Workshop.

About “Meet the Artists” Workshop Series

From its very beginnings, Mori Art Museum has catered to visitors of all ages via a range of initiatives that include exhibition viewings for schools, and artist-led workshops for preschoolers, elementary and middle school-age children. In May 2020, the Museum launched “LEARNING ONLINE” as part of the “MAM Digital” online program, and the “Meet the Artists” project series is designed to be a new, long-term component of “LEARNING ONLINE.” In each edition of the series, participants will be able to meet the artist and/or curator online, and converse with them directly in their own words. The aim will be to offer a fulfilling art experience digitally, in addition to the real-life, physical experience of art in the museum space. Though “Meet the Artists” may not be accessible in a real space, it will doubtless serve as a wonderful opportunity to expand our world together, through the power of imagination.

Yamamoto Takayuki

Born 1974 in Aichi Prefecture.
Yamamoto depicts the peculiarities of systems and customs of which we are generally unaware, and relationships between the individual and society, via the latent imaginative power of children’s conversations and play. Other ventures in recent years include projects carried out in collaboration with local communities, and alternative art school programs for the general public. After receiving his MA in art education at Aichi University of Education, Yamamoto relocated to the UK where he completed an MA in fine art at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Among his group exhibitions are the Sharjah International Biennial 6 (2003), All About Laughter – Humor in Contemporary Art (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2007), Aichi Triennale 2010, Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past (Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, 2012), Go-Betweens: The World Seen through Children (Mori Art Museum, 2014-2015), and 3rd Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2016). His solo exhibitions include Yamamoto Takayuki: Children of Men (Art Lab Aichi, 2017) and Yamamoto Takayuki x Arts Maebashi: Beyond 20XX (Arts Maebashi, 2019). For Mori Art Museum’s Learning Programs, he has conducted the workshops “Art Learning Lab: Spoon Bending” in conjunction with All About Laughter (2007), “Children’s Pride 4.28 in Roppongi Hills” in conjunction with Lee Bul: From Me Belongs to You Only (2012), and “To What Kind of Hell Will You Go?” in conjunction with Go-Betweens (2014).

Yamamoto Takayuki
Photo: Kato Hajime

precog co.,LTD., Mori Art Museum
Tanaka Miyuki (Independent Curator), precog co.,LTD., Learning, Mori Art Museum Learning
Planning Cooperation
The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS
The Nippon Foundation; Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Goethe-Institut Tokyo

Notes on Bookings

  • Please note that speakers are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Please note that a reply E-mail will be sent to you after submitting the form. If you do not receive the reply E-mail, please contact us.
  • For bookings, one E-mail address is required per group.

Notes on Personal Information

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Booking Period
2021.5.11 [Tue] - 5.27 [Thu]
Mori Art Museum, Goethe-Institut Tokyo, and others
* Program may be conducted online using Zoom (video conferencing/meeting).
15 (booking required, attendees chosen by lottery)
* Results of the lottery will be sent to each person via e-mail by Friday, May 28, 2021.
Learning, Mori Art Museum
Kids & Family Programs
Elementary school children
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