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Special Achievement Award

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MITAMURA Shunsuke

Professor Emeritus, University of Tsukuba

Born 1936 in Gifu prefecture. Graduated in 1964 with a degree in “Plastic Arts & Mixed Media” from the Faculty of Fine Art, Tokyo University of Education. Studied abroad from 1966 to 1970 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts and Italy’s Acca- demia delle Arti del Disegno. After return- ingtoJapan,acceptedapostaslecturerat Hirosaki University, after which he went on to the University of Tsukuba School of Art and Design, where he helped to establish the “Comprehensive Visual Art” curricu- lum. He assumed a professorship in 1987, became Director of the Fine Art Division in 1992, was named Director of the Faculty of Arts in 1995, and retired from this post in 2000, remaining a professor emeritus. During this time, in 1980 he started work- ing on holography art, and won the Ho- lography Award (Shearwater Foundation, USA) in 1996. In the Comprehensive Visual Art curriculum, he incorporated hologra- phy and other media technologies that have visual art creation at their foundation. In doing so, he supported the evolution of high-tech art into media art, fostering nu- merous successful media artists including CHIKAMORI Motoshi, KODAMA Sachiko, KUWAKUBO Ryota, and TAMURA Satoru recently.

Award Reason

As Japan’s leading holography art- ist, MITAMURA involved himself in art and technology exhibitions and education programs both in Japan and abroad, and was invited to and participated in such programs as Ars Electronica. He has also been engaged in many pioneering activi- ties through participation in Group Arts-Unis and the International High Technology Art Festival and has au- thored many books. He developed a unique media art education curricu- lum in the newly established field of Comprehensive Visual art at the University of Tsukuba by inviting in a group of professors (YAMAGUCHI Katsuhiro, KAWAGUCHI Tatsuo, SHINODA Morio) to launch the en- deavor. He has demonstrated a playful spirit in supporting education in this new field while keeping his vi- sion fixed on both the “art of things” and the “art of media,” thereby fos- tering many creatives including ISHIHARA Tsunekazu, HARADA Daisaburo, IWAI Toshio and Maywa Denki. MITAMURA’s contributions have been tremendous. (MORIYAMA Tomoe)

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