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AIT Library (AIT Room, Daikanyama, Tokyo)




MAD stands for Making Art Different.

MAD is one of AIT’s core programs, initiated in 2001. It is a contemporary art school, with no formal affiliations to institutional educational establishments. Anyone can attend, and there is no entry requirements, only a keen interest to learn and discuss. The courses are fee-based. MAD accounts for the majority of AIT’s annual income.
Core tutors and course directors are AIT's founding members Keisuke Ozawa and Roger McDonald. We also invite guests to lecture, from curators, critics, artists, gallerists, museum directors and academics.
All lectures will be in Japanese, so knowledge of at least spoken Japanese is required.

MAD 2011

MAD enters its tenth year with a major overhaul of its syllabus and course structure. We have decided to abandon courses per se. Instead students will be able to choose which lectures they wish to take from a total number of 111. Lectures will be bought as a package from 5, 10, 25, 50, 75 and 111.

While we will no longer offer formal courses, we have decided to organize the lectures along nine categories: Curatorial Studies, Art Basic, Art/ Non Art, Art Industry, Artist, Forums, Art Picnic, Art Nuts and Workshops. Students are free to select lectures from any category and make up their own course of study. This overhaul was spurred by the increasing demands from our students (who are mostly working people) for a more flexible and individually catered school structure. All lectures - except Art Picnic which will involve museum and gallery visits - are held in AIT Room in Daikanyama, Tokyo.

Most lectures are held in the evening between 19:00 - 21:00. For more detailed information of lectures and schedules, please see AIT's website and click on MAD 2011. The information is in Japanese only.

Guest lecturers for 2011 are:

 Yuji Akimoto(Director, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa) 
Fumio Inoue (CAMP)
Ryuta Imafuku (Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Eriko Osaka (Director, Yokohama Museum of Art)
Ayako Osanai (Co-founder, Survivart / Coordinator)
Takahiro Kaneshima (Executive Director, Art Fair Tokyo)
Mei Kanematsu  (Ph.D, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hitotsubashi University)
Meiro Koizumi (Artist)
Edan Corkill (Staff writer in arts, entertainment and features department of The Japan Times)
Tomio Koyama (Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo)
Sato Vivienne (Non-architect, Artist, Drag queen)
Ryo Sawayama (Art critic)
Yuko Shiomi (AIT)
Fumihiko Sumitomo (AIT)
Mariko Takeuchi (Photography critic/ Associate Professor, Kyoto University of Art and Design)
Che Kyongfa (Independent curator)
Noriyuki Tsuji (Founder, Geiijutsu Keisu)
Kyoichi Tsuzuki (Editor)
Fumiko Nagayoshi (SCAI THE BATHHOUSE)
Fumio Nanjo (Director, Mori Art Museum)
Yuko Nishiyama (NANJO and ASSOCIATES)
Kenjiro Hosaka (Researcher, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
Naoko Horiuchi (AIT)
Andrew Merkle (Art writer/ Editor)
Toshiro Mitsuoka (Research Associate, Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Tokyo)
Yoshitaka Mouri (Associate Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies, Tokyo University of the Arts)
Hiroharu Mori (Artist)
Tomoko Yanashita (Nikkei Inc.)
Fuyuki Yamakawa (Throat Singer/ Artist)
Kazuhiko Yoshizaki (Assistant curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo)
Seiichi Yoshino (Art collector)
Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto (NLI Research Institute)
Misako Rosen (Owner/ Director, MISAKO & ROSEN)
Morley Robertson (Musician)

The below courses, "E-MAD" are offered in Japanese, ONLINE. This is a new program launched in May 2010, designed to meet the needs of those unable to attend inclass courses and living outside of Tokyo.

■ART SINCE 1900 (6 months)
Video lectures based on the 2004 text ‘Art Since 1900’, covering approximately 100 years of modern art. The course tutor, Roger McDonald, introduces and explains each chapter in Japanese, using images and keywords. This course also accepts comments from students on an open comments board where discussion can be generated and questions asked. Each lecture is approximately 30-40 minutes in length.
■ROGER'S ART MASH(3 months)
A 15 minute fortnightly online lecture based on a keyword or theme selected by tutor Roger McDonald. Like a Situationist 'detournement', Art Mash takes current art related news and articles from the web to weave together an original viewpoint with added images and ideas. Easy to watch and hopefully, surprising every time.

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