KeMCo Course “Museum and Commons”

This lecture will be held face-to-face.
If applicants exceed the number of seats available, a lottery will be held.



Perspectives on Objects and Artworks / Digital Fabrication Practice



Objects around us have different forms and encompass a variety of meanings and histories. How we perceive objects and what we find in them differ for each person, and objects take on a particular appearance each time we interact with them.

In this course, based on the pedagogy of ‘Object-based Learning’, which is rooted in dialogue based on the observation of objects such as artworks and academic resources, participants develop their knowledge and understanding of the objects through conversation with others while acknowledging their own contexts. Through discussion with others, participants also learn how to accept diverse values.
The course also aims to develop a mindset to question existing presuppositions through collaborative practice and discussion using objects and to learn how to creatively output thinking through digital fabrication practice utilising KeMCo’s information environment.



This lecture is held face-to-face. If there are too many applicants, there will be a lottery.
(The result will be provided on the ‘Course Registration’ page, after 29 Sept. 18:00)
More information on the course is also available in the guidance video.



Museum and Commons ⅠI (2023 Autumn semester)

Course Plan:

No.1Interacting with objects (introduction)

Share how the class will work and introduce the overall theme.
No.2Learning from / about objects: An Introduction to Object-based Learning (OBL)

What is OBL? An introduction to OBL, with some practical work using the KeMCo collection.
No.3Learning from / about objects: An Introduction to Object-based Learning (OBL)

Discussion based on the previous work.
No.4Objects of the Museum: a close look at Zen art

Visit KeMCo’s exhibition on ‘Zen Art’ for OBL practice.
No.5Learn how to appreciate classical books

Learn how to observe classical books in detail as objects.
No.6Books as objects

Visits to the Special Collection Room at the Mita Media Center (Keio University Library) for considering on books as objects.
No.7Discussion: observing and describing

Discussion on how to develop knowledge and understanding of the subject through conversation with others while acknowledging one’s own context and accepting diverse values.
No.8Objects of the museum: exploring the materiality of prints

Visits to the exhibition ‘Tetsuro Komai’ at Keio University Art Center for the OBL practice.
No.9Multiple and materiality: digital technology and art

Starting from the materiality of the multiple arts, consider the relationship between art and digital technology/media.
No.10Digital data as objects
How do objects develop or transform in a highly information-oriented society? With cutting-edge research trends, we reflect on the changes that have occurred as a result of the ‘connection’ between real and digital space, and consider the prospect of those changes.
No.11Digital data and objects (1)
Three-dimensional (3D) representations are increasingly being used not only for the purpose of recording and preserving cultural assets, but also in virtual museums, including VR and AR. In this session, we discuss the possibilities of 3D.
No.12Digital data and objects (2)
How can cultural heritage and other objects and things accumulated over thousands of years of human history be shared? In this session we learn about the system and practical use of global data space, centred on Linked Open Data.
Describing objects and events
Considering an exhibition as an event composed of objects and activities surrounding objects, we discuss the description of events using KeMCo’s exhibition as a case study.
Discussion and wrap-up



Yu Homma, Fumi Matsuya, Goki Miyakita, Yohko Watanabe, Shiho Hasegawa

※ This course is organized as part of the University’s educational programme, and is therefore only open to those affiliated with the University.