The EDP: From preparation to implementation
After walking and conducting research around the area where the school children live, we held an interactive artwork appreciation course for ourselves, since it was part of our EDP for the children. This course became a chance for members to realize differences in each other’s viewpoints, and it was interesting how different words came up even though everyone was looking at the same art! The course was well received by members who were new to interactive artwork appreciation, who said, “It was interesting because of how free we were to interpret the art.”
On the day we implemented the EDP, members of IMM Neighbors enjoyed participating in co-creating artwork with children and artists while being surprised by the richness of the children’s ideas. During a reflection workshop, after seeing how each child thought carefully about the work they made, some members pointed out how freely children could create. Together with IMM Neighbors, we were deeply moved by the chance to create opportunities for children to interact with many adults they would not normally meet.
The multinational art exhibition “Cultural BYO…Ne!” and IMM Neighbors
During the Multinational Art Exhibition “Cultural BYO…Ne!” that was held as another program of IMM Tokyo, IMM Neighbors visited the venue, listened to artist talks, and thoroughly took in the artwork. As part of an interactive artwork appreciation get-together held amongst the members, each member shared their views and favorite aspects of their chosen artwork.
Reflecting on this fiscal year
As the number of new members increased this year, we aimed to facilitate enjoyable interactions by visiting places like the festival at Tokyo University of the Arts, galleries, and other activities alongside our monthly activities. The members of IMM Neighbors come from a wide variety of backgrounds, but they are all connected by a common interest: they love art. Participating in the activities of IMM Neighbors is interesting because it facilitates encounters uncommon in everyday life, such as at elementary schools, art exhibition venues, and regular meetings. What makes IMM Neighbors interesting is also what makes planning activities challenging, but we will continue our work while looking forward to seeing what new things emerge from such new encounters.
IMM Neighbors Activity Schedule (Fiscal 2022)
May Kick-off meeting
July Takenotsuka area research
August Odai and Miyagi area research
September Regular meeting
October Interactive artwork appreciate course & regular meeting
November EDP implementation & regular meeting
December EDP implementation & Multinational Art Exhibition appreciation
January EDP implementation
February Reflection meeting & exchange event