In 2020, we will held virtual Geisai for the first time.
It offers concerts, exhibitions, guerrilla performances, and interview projects in a way that only virtual reality can.
This year's theme is "the". Why don't you come to the Virtual Arts Festival with your own crown?
To more people, and to the world. We bring the passion of TUA students to you.
It's one of the articles, attached to something that can be identified.
It is often used for common understanding between listener and speaker or for things that only exist in this world in one form or another.
It may also be used to include the meaning of preeminent, incomparable, or supreme.
Each student at Tokyo University of the Arts has been brought up in a different environment and has studied in a different way, so there is no doubt that we are all unique.
Such students look at the questions of the world every day and answer them in the form of "art" that only they can express themselves.
Today, the word "globalization" has become so commonplace that it is not even used anymore, but rather, the questions that abound in the world transcend national borders and are now treated as universal.
We, the students, are sure to do more than ever before to attract not only students in Japan, but also the world, which will make Tokyo University of ''the'' Arts live up to its name.
Tokyo University of the Arts, where the students who deserve "the" crown gather. We are sure "the" Geisai will be full of inspiration beyond your expectation.
Chairman of Geisai committee Kota Kimura
The annual geisai is not here.
The fever of the "Geisai" in Ueno cannot be carried out to this wide world of electronics.
Our goal is about creating new heat in this venue.
There are questions that can be asked and answered because of this venue, it must be.
We would be happy if you could touch the art of each and every one of us that we have been facing every day.
We hope that this event will be a good opportunity for you to visit the Geisai after this year.
From your place, please enjoy the "Virtual Geisai" as freely as you like.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have helped to make this event possible.
We hope you will find your own wonderful crown.
Chairman of Geisai committee
President Kazuki Sawa
The global spread of a COVID-19, which at the end of last year seemed to be just the other side of the world, has changed the whole world. Every year, the creation of the mikoshi (portable shrine) for the Geisai , mainly by the new students, is an important opportunity for students to communicate with each other as they work hard together to create a real sense of being a "Geidaisei", (a student of TUA) by breaking through the difficult entrance examinations, and it is also an important opportunity to nurture the bond between them. In response to the declaration of a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 in April, the production of mikoshi, and the Geisai with more than 10,000 visitors per day, had to be cancelled. It was a difficult decision for the executive committee and the university authorities, but the TUA students would turn anything into great opportunity. While the online classes started a month late from May, the online "Virtual Geisai" was about to begin, making use of the skills that they had accumulated through practical lessons and work production. I am looking forward to exploring new ways of artistic expression at "with COVID-19" and "after COVID-19" and making it the one and only "the" geisai.
Vice President Akio Yasuraoka
"The" first came to me through "The Beatles"; I have a faint memory of seeing them perform in Japan in 1966 on TV. I was a huge wrestling fan until the 1980s, for example, "Abdullah the Butcher". The former is the best! The latter sucks! Each is incomparable in its own way. If "the" is written as 座:in japanese, this word has same pronunciation as "the" and it means"the seat". This is a place where a number of people are gathered, or a gathering of them.
People who advocate an extremely individualistic existence gather in this "place" is the way of the Tokyo University of the Arts.
In this sense, the Geisai must have been a great opportunity for them to show their creative energy to people outside of the university.
In this year, Geisai had to be cancelled due to COVID-19, the "Virtual Geisai " was planned.Every year, Geisai is filled with a human-like atmosphere, which is rare nowadays, but this time it will unfold in a cool way. You may find an unknown discovery there.
Anyway, I hope that "The Geidai" will show us the bottom strength. I wish them success.
Vice President Yasuhiro Kiyomizu
This year's global pandemic of COVID-19 has made us all realize again that we are all on a delicate balance of "Spaceship Earth”. Today, we're reminded of the reality that what happens somewhere can affect the entire planet at once.This year's Geisai will be something that has never been done before. What can we do there?
Actually, I believe that the more difficult the times are, the more likely it is that we can do something good. This is because I think that the constraints of the difficulty force people to think deeply. I'm expecting the deep and thoughtful expression, not seeing the fact that we're limited in what we can do as a negative, but rather as an opportunity to try out new forms of expression that we haven't had before. I'm looking forward to The Geisai 2020, where we will see a number of never-before-seen expressions that turn bad into good of the situation in the COVID-19.