This exhibition featured works designed by students in the Visual Design course at Kato City University of Arts. In preparation the students read books on the evolution of biological forms, and then they created works to convey what they had read to children in the fourth to sixth grades of elementary school. Their works spanned a wide range, including games, videos and picture books. Because scientific knowledge had to be conveyed accurately, precision was called for in a explanatory notes, illustrations and photos. All the works the university students produced, in seeking to convey the concepts of evolution to the primary school students, told a "story" of some kind. Also on display were panels and visuals introducing a body of works known as the "Modern Educational Wallcharts: 1857-1941." This collection, held by Kyoto University Museum, consists of drawings collected from all over the world to help students learn about plants and such. The collected works go beyond their inherent mission of conveying scientific facts, and are imbued with artistry hinting at the profundity of the world from multifaceted perspectives. They gave visitors a sense of the potential of graphic design to give visual form to a world in which science and artistry coexist.
Collaborative Exhibition by kyoto ddd gallery and the Visual Design Lab of Kyoto City University of Arts “Learn Science through Graphics: The Story of Evolution”
November 12, 2018–December 22, 2018
ddd Uzumasa, Kyoto
November 12, 2018
Gallery Tours by Exhibitors
kyoto ddd gallery
To mark the opening of this exhibition organized jointly with the Visual Design Lab of Kyoto City University of Arts, a Gallery Tour was held where twenty students explained their works on display. Their works spanned diverse media — games, video, picture books, etc. — all created to convey to children at the elementary, junior and high school levels the content of books on evolution which they had reads specially for this assignment. The university students explained in their own words what points they focused on in the books they had read (which were also on display), how they expressed those points in their works, and what challenges they had faced when actually creating their works. Also participating in this event were students and teachers from another nearby arts university. Great interest was demonstrated in the potential of a curriculum that utilizes graphic design as a method for conveying the content of books.
Photographer: MAEDA Kinichi