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Faculty 大学院の指導教員



  • ・Transdisciplinary Arts Theory
  • ・Applied Transdisciplinary Arts Theory A
  • ・Transdisciplinary Arts Seminar
  • ・Transdisciplinary Arts Practicum A
  • ・Production Skills Workshop I, II, III
  • ・Guided Research I, II (Master’s Program)
  • ・Transdisciplinary Arts Research Methods
  • ・Transdisciplinary Arts Research: Expression I, II
  • ・Guided Research I, II, III (Doctoral Program)


Shigeaki Iwai’s art and research subjects include visual arts (painting, video, installation art), multiculturalism in art, and 1950s Japanese cinema.
Since the 1990s, he has been developing a visual expression that combines various media, such as video, audio, text and interactive workshops, to explore specific communities in Japan, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. In recent years, his research has focused on intergenerational workshops and design, as well as potentials for mutual exchange between immigrants and their host communities in multicultural environments. In addition to his role as vice president of Akita University of Art, he is also a board member of the NPO ‘Art & Society Research Center,’ and has been serving as the chairman of Immigration Museum Tokyo since 2010.


【Exhibitions / Projects】
2021 Art museum ‘Seeing us: Living in Japan with roots overseas’ (Immigration Museum Tokyo online museum)

2020 Arts & Routes – A Journey to Trace the Boundaries. Akita Museum of Modern Art, Yokote City, Akita

2017 Journey to be continued (documentary film; director). 12th Migrant World Film Festival. Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea

2016 Anata ni tsunagaru [Connecting to you]. Niigata City Art Museum

2015 Jinko-gensho, ato [Depopulation, art] (solo exhibition and documentary TV program). NHK Akita Broadcasting

2014-Present Fascinating encounters (2014); The form of encounters (2015); Everyday happenings (2015); Experiencing different cultures through art bath house elegy, humane pull-car, and vanishing view of Showa era. Senju – the town where Kent Dahl had walked around (2016) (group exhibitions). Immigration Museum Tokyo

2010-2013 Planning and direction, Newcomer’s view (group exhibitions). Immigration Museum Tokyo

2009 A light sleep. M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 09. Singapore

2008-2009 Artist-in-residence (Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines), The Asian Public Intellectuals (API) Fellowships Program. The Nippon Foundation

2008 Kotoba o miru / Eizo o kaku [See the words, write the film] (solo exhibition). Hokkaido Museum of Literature, Sapporo

2007 In repose (art project). Various locations in Australia

2005 Yokohama Triennale

2002 Tokachi International Contemporary Art Exhibition: Demeter. Obihiro, Hokkaido

2000 7th Havana Biennale. Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Havana, Cuba

1999 1st Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale

1999 The 3rd Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

2013 Robo no kohan: Ozu Yasujiro no jidai to gendai [Patches of Light on the Roadside: Yasujiro Ozu Then and Now]. P3 art and environment.