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Keio Museum Commons

"Keio Museum Commons [KeMCo]" is a common space in which students, academics, university staff, and alumni can mingle. Keio University’s ‘Banraisha’ common room was originally designed for this purpose. The aim of KeMCo is to create a ‘commons’ within a museum that is neither public nor private, but open to all kinds of community activities.

KeMCo is a place where people from different communities linked to the university can come together to exchange ideas about cultural assets. At KeMCO, cultural assets of the university meet and interact, and are connected to a global network through advanced digital technologies.

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Keio Object Hub

Keio Object Hub is a portal site that will promote the cultural collections held at Keio University alongside on-campus cultural activities.

KeMCo StudI/O

KeMCo StudI/O is a creation studio with digitalisation and fabrication functions. The studio offers the opportunity to photograph and measure (including 3D scanning) cultural assets, and to work with digital data using tools such as a 3D printer.

July 21, 2022   The “Annual Report No.2 2021/2022” summarizing the activities of the Keio Museum Commons in the 2021 academic year has now been published.   [el url="https://kemco.keio.ac.jp/wp/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/f3cc125a7585fb6685a15edca488423c.pdf"] PDF(6MB)[/el]   Contents: ・Preface ・Activities Project | KeMCo’s Inaugural Event Series “Cross-scapes: Interconnecting Art” Exhibition | Cross-scape 1 Letter-scape: Century Akao Collection, A World of Letters and Figures Exhibition | Cross-scape 2 Gathering-scape: Bringing Together Keio’s Cultural Assets Exhibition | Eight Perspectives on Reading Objects Exhibition | Tangite me: Reconsidering Conservation during the Pandemic Exhibition | KeMCo New Year Exhibition 2022 ”Where the Tigers Are” Preview Exhibition | Materials Excavated from the Mita 2-chome Machiya-ato Site Symposium |Cross-scape 3 Book-scape: Cultural landscape of Books and the Web of Associations Symposium | Tangite me: Reconsidering Conservation during the Pandemic Symposium | Mita Society for the Science of Arts × KeMCo ”Extension of the Senses and New Aesthetics” Learning | KeMCo Course “Museum and Commons” Learning | Chuo City College “Creative Dialogue” Learning | Workshop with Keio Chutobu Junior High School Students Learning | KeMCo×Design Workshop “Designing Museum Goods in the Margins” KeMCo StudI/O | Release of Keio Object Hub and linkage with Japan Search KeMCo StudI/O | Collaboration with the ROIS-DS Center for Open Data on Humanities “Type-scape” KeMCo StudI/O | KeMCoM Project KeMCo StudI/O | Regular Photo Session for Keio Cultural Assets Collaboration | Mita Society for Library and Information Science 2021 Annual Conference Symposium Collaboration | Showcase of the Outcomes from the Student-led Contemporary Art Learning Workshop Collaboration | DA Lab. Conservation and Restoration Projects | Restoration of Works in the Collection Conservation and Restoration Projects | Transfer of Artworks from the Keio University Collection Communications | Public Relations Activities in FY 2021, KeMiCo's Activities ・Loans ・Publication ・Books Data Statistics ・Meetings ・Personnel Changes ・Staff ・Rules ・List of Works ・The Year in Numbers ・Keio Museum Commons Facility Overview

Unlock the history of travelling books in Europe and Japan Books are cultural artefacts that are easily transported and translated. As such, they have been important in fostering relationships between countries for hundreds of years. On this three-week course presented by Keio University and the British Library, you’ll learn more about the history of European and Japanese literature promoting cultural exchange, how this continues in the digital era, and how vital this exchange is. Delve into the history of travelling books To start you’ll find out how books moved between Europe and Japan, beginning in the 16th century. Discover how the books were received, compare printing styles, and find out about the role that Jesuit priests played in these book-sharing interactions. Explore the rich heritage of travelling books and travel books In the second and third weeks of the course, you’ll get to appreciate how travelling books influenced individuals, society, and European and Japanese literature. Besides explaining the importance of rare and illustrated books, the course shows you how to trace physical signs on the pages that show what life was like for readers and collectors in the past. Finally, you’ll learn about the way travel books led to great cultural exchange by allowing people to learn about places that they would never otherwise have experienced. The way these books exist in the digital era will be examined throughout. Expand your history know-how with leading experts The course is jointly produced by Japan’s Keio University and the British Library, which are both recognised in their own countries and abroad. With their rich resources and longtime friendship, these institutions will deepen your understanding and appreciation of European culture, Japanese culture, and how books brought (and bring) them together. We would like to acknowledge the following experts for providing valuable contributions to this course: Kristian Jensen, Former Head of Collections and Curation, the British Library / Chair of the Consortium of European Research Libraries Karen Limper-Herz, Lead Curator, Incunabula & Sixteenth Century Printed Books, Western Heritage Collections, the British Library Hamish Todd, Head of East Asian Collections, the British Library Alessandro Bianchi, Bodleian Japanese Librarian, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford Japanese-English translation by Daichi Ishikawa, an English Literature specialist at Keio University.

About KeMCo

About

Keio Museum Commons

"Keio Museum Commons [KeMCo]" is a common space in which students, academics, university staff, and alumni can mingle. Keio University’s ‘Banraisha’ common room was originally designed for this purpose. The aim of KeMCo is to create a ‘commons’ within a museum that is neither public nor private, but open to all kinds of community activities.

KeMCo is a place where people from different communities linked to the university can come together to exchange ideas about cultural assets. At KeMCO, cultural assets of the university meet and interact, and are connected to a global network through advanced digital technologies.

What’s On

Digital

Keio Object Hub

Keio Object Hub is a portal site that will promote the cultural collections held at Keio University alongside on-campus cultural activities.

KeMCo StudI/O

KeMCo StudI/O is a creation studio with digitalisation and fabrication functions. The studio offers the opportunity to photograph and measure (including 3D scanning) cultural assets, and to work with digital data using tools such as a 3D printer.