Final Report of Mizukoshi group in “media exprimo”(English Part)

We published Final Report of Mizukoshi group which bound our achievements of 5 and half years in 550 pages!
Here are English parts (100 pages) data of the report for anyone who are interested.
-2-2:Presentation Materials
-2-3:Workshop Abstracts
Also, I’m copying English “Introduction” by Shin Mizukoshi as below.
Final Report of Mizukoshi group in “media exprimo”
English Part
March 2012

“media exprimo:exploring a new dimension of information design for people’s media narratives”
CREST(Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology) project funded by JST(Japan Science and Technology Agency)
October 2006 – March 2012
This is the final report of Shin Mizukoshi group’s achievements in “Media Exprimo”, one of the CREST (Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology) projects, funded by JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency) for five and half year from October 2006. This is one of the research teams of “Foundation of Technology Supporting the Creation of Digital Media Contents” set by JST in 2004. The formal title of “Media Exprimo” is “Platform Design for Emerging ‘People’s Art’.”
“Media Exprimo” is an interdisciplinary research project on information platform design for people’s media expressions and digital storytelling. Japan’s information society has enjoyed an affluent diffusion of the internet, mobile media, and other digital media since mid 1990s. Recently, many people use digital media to generate and exchange various and numerous narratives and visual expressions in the form of social media. In contrast to numerous “private” communications and various “commercial” services, there has been little space for “public” communications via digital media in Japan. Japanese people’s narratives have been dominated by private and commercial communications. The purpose of “Media Exprimo” is to develop a new cultural programs and technological systems empowering people to engage in public communications in a historically regimented society of Japan.
“Media Exprimo” project consisted of four different research groups: a core group engaged in information design research (Takeshi Sunaga group) and groups engaged in interface and SNS engineering research (Takuichi Nishimura group), artificial intelligence and knowledge support system research (Koichi Hori group), and humanities- and social science-oriented media studies (Shin Mizukoshi group). They have collaborated to apply a new methodology called “critical media practice.”
This thick volume is the accumulation of five and half year achievements of Mizukoshi group. Although Mizukoshi group has been collaborated with other three groups in a cross-disciplinary manner, it produced relatively unique theories and practices based on the perspective of media and communication studies and media literacy.
We all owe to people who participated in our workshops, classrooms, festivals and local activities designed as critical media practices. Because of their vital reactions and actual activities, we could reflect and develop our cultural programs and technological systems.
Without the organization of the CREST area of “Foundation of Technology Supporting the Creation of Digital Media Contents” by Hiroshi Harashima, we could not have developed this cross-disciplinary team.
Finally, to Takeshi Sunaga, Koichi Hori, Takuichi Nishimura and other wonderful members of “Media Exprimo,” thank you for your unflagging support and inspirations. We are glad to do our future collaborations.

Shin Mizukoshi
Professor of Media Studies Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies,
The University of Tokyo
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The Final ‘MELL EXPO 2012’

The Final ‘MELL EXPO 2012’, March 10-11 2012
(Registration URL:
MELL platz, was launched in 2007 with the aim of creating a “platz (plaza)” for people with an interest in media expression, learning and literacy. In many respects, it was founded in the spirit of the successful ‘MELL Project’, a practical research network that developed “projects” for the research and practice of media expression, learning and literacy between 2001 to 2006.
A highlight of the project is “MELL EXPO” is an annual festival for people who are involved in activities and research related to media expression, literacy, play and arts. The overarching goal of the event is to connect people, share ideas, and provide a forum for discussion.
This academic year, “MELL EXPO 2012” will be held at the Ichijo Hall of the Yayoi Campus, the University of Tokyo, March 10 (Sat) and 11 (Sun), 2012. According to its commencement plan five years ago, MELL platz will conclude all of its activities after these final two days. Yes, this is the last MELL EXPO!
Two main sessions will be held during the two days. The first session will overview MELL plaza’s five years of achievement, and discuss possibilities for future collaborations. The second session will re-think recent global trends and develop a new perspective on Digital Storytelling, by examining the interactive DST project: “Media Conte” in Japan.
Over these five years, more than 300 individuals, groups and organizations concerned with school education, mass media, journalism, museum, media art, information design, citizen media, alternative media, and library sectors have communicated each other and developed their networks actively in this “platz”. For this final event, MELL platz will invite approximately 25 of the most active participating groups to do presentations in “Kamishibai (picture-story show) style” to create a type of “Media Bazaar”.
This year’s platz will also introduce an interactive visualization system for participants’ messages powered by “Media Exprimo”.
For registration, please click here.
**All presentations will be in Japanese.

□Date: March 10 (Sat.) and 11 (Sun.), 2012
□Venue: Yayoi Auditorium Ichijo Hall, The University of Tokyo>
    Access to the campus via Marunouchi, Oedo, Namboku and Chiyoda subways.
□Entrance fee: 2,000 yen (for 2 days/under 18 year old, free)
□Party fee: 3,000yen (2,000yen for students)
□Registration: Please click here>
□Host: MELL platz>
The Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, the University of Tokyo>
Media Exprimo (CREST research, Japan Science and Technology Agency)
◇Please direct enquiries to
   MELL EXPO 2012 Program (2012.2.10.)
General Moderator: Chiyoko YAMAUCHI (MELL platz =MP, RAB Aomori Hoso) & Hiroyoshi SUNAKAWA (MP, Rikkyo Univ.)
◎March 10 (Sat)
□11:00 – 12:40
Preparation (Only for Exhibitors of Media Bazaar)
□13:00 – 13:30
Opening Speech and Overview of the MELL platz
Mariko MURATA (Kansai Univ.) and MP members
(Break: 15 min.)
□13:45 – 16:00
Session 1: Five years reflection and the future of “platz (plaza)”
Midori SUZUKI (Sainokuni Visual Plaza in SKIP City)
Shuji NAKAYAMA (Kanagawa Media Literacy Institute)
Shuji MATSUMOTO (Kagoshima Television System)
Yoshitaka MOURI (Tokyo Univ. of Art and Design)
Osamu SAKURA (Univ. of Tokyo)
Hisamitsu MIZUSHIMA (MP, Tokai Univ.)
(Break: 15 min.)
□16:15 – 17:45
Media Bazaar & Hangout Part 1
(Break: 15 min.)
□18:00 – 19:30
 Party! Party! at Yayoi Auditorium
◎March 11 (Sun)
□9:00 – 10:00
Media Bazaar & Hangout Part 2
□10:00 – 12:00
Session 2: Discovering Marginal Voices: The Possibilities and Challenges of Digital Storytelling “Media Conte”
Naoki HONMMA (Osaka Univ.)
Yuko TSUCHIYA (MP, Hiroshima Univ. of Economics)
Akiko OGAWA (MP, Aichishukutoku Univ.)
Shinya MIZOJIRI (Aichishukutoku Univ.)
Makiyo TANAKA (Aichishukutoku Univ.)
Yuuki MORI (Aichishukutoku Univ.)
Masaaki ITO (MP, Aichishukutoku Univ.)
(Break 10 min.)
□12:10 – 12:40
Sketchbook of Post-MELL platz
Shin MIZUKOSHI (MP, Univ. of Tokyo)
(Break 5 min.)
□12:45 – 13:00 
Closing and Final Message from the MELL platz
All the MELL platz Members

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3/10-11 MELL EXPO 2012開催のお知らせ

MELL EXPO(メル・エキスポ)2012開催のお知らせ
メル・エキスポを主催するMELL platz(メル・プラッツ)は、MELL Project(メルプロジェクト)を引き継ぎ、2007年からメディア表現とリテラシーの「広場(プラッツ)」づくりの活動をしてきました。もともと5年間限定と約束して進めてきたこの活動は、今回のエキスポを最後に終わることになります。
■日 時 :2012年3月10日(土)〜11日(日)
■会 場 :東京大学弥生講堂一条ホール
      (東京都文京区弥生1-1-1 東京大学農学部内)
■参加費 :2,000円(2日間通し。高校生以下は無料)
■主催:MELL platz(メル・プラッツ)
東京大学大学院情報学環Media Exprimo(メディア・エクスプリモ)=JST CREST研究「情報デザインによる市民芸術創出プラットフォームの構築」
■問い合わせ先:メル・プラッツ事務局【2011 +】
   MELL EXPO 2012 プログラム(2012.2.14.現在)
全体司会:山内千代子(MELL platz、青森放送)&砂川浩慶(MELL platz、立教大学)
     以下、MELL platzはMPと略します。
□11:00 – 12:40
□13:00 – 13:30
村田麻里子ほかMELL platzメンバー
□13:45 – 16:00
MELL platzは2007年以来5年間、MELL Projectの後継団体として市民のメディア・リテラシー、メディア表現活動をめぐる研究や実践の交流のための広場(プラッツ)を5年間にわたって設営してきました。Session1ではこの5年間をふり返り、今後を展望します。
MELL platzの広場を縦横に活用してくださった公共施設、学校、そしてマスメディアという3タイプの団体のみなさん、MELLの近くにいて幅広い視野で積極的な活動をされてきたカルチュラル・スタディーズの毛利嘉孝さん、科学技術コミュニケーション論の佐倉統さんとともに進めます。関係者のビデオメッセージや5年間を可視化するしかけも活用していきます。
司会/ Moderator
□16:15 – 17:45
MELL platzに縁やゆかりのある全国各地のさまざまな団体や組織、20組前後によるプレゼンテーションと参加者同士の交流の時間。会場である一条ホール(東京大学弥生キャンパス)は木とガラスでできたエコロジカルな講堂。そのあちこちにある「すきま」や「あな」のような空間を使い、バザールのような雰囲気でプレゼンテーションがおこなわれます。そのやり方は紙芝居スタイル(詳細はひ・み・つ…)。ぜひいろんな交流の環を広げてください。
□18:00 – 19:30
 Party! Party!
 懇親会です。ふるってご参加ください。MELL EXPOへの参加費とは別にパーティ代金をいただきます。お一人様3,000円(学生:2,000円/高校生以下、無料)。
◎3月11日(日)/ March 11 (Sun)
□9:00 – 10:00
MELL platzに縁やゆかりのある全国各地のさまざまな団体や組織、20組前後によるプレゼンテーションと参加者同士の交流の時間。3月10日午後のつづきです。
□10:00 – 12:00
デジタル・ストーリーテリング(DST)は、一般の人々が、20枚程度の写真(時に動画)とナレーションで、自分の生活や記憶をめぐる2分程度の映像ストーリーを制作するワークショップ型のメディア実践。1990年代以降世界各地で展開されてきました。メディア・エクスプリモ(JST CREST研究)愛知淑徳大学チームは、対話と遊びを特徴とするメディア・コンテというユニークなDSTプログラムを開発し、在日外国人の子どもたち、お年寄り、障害者のグループ、東日本大震災の被災地の大学生などと実践を重ねてきました。さらにその成果を、各地ケーブルテレビやウェブサイトで公開し、新たなローカル・メディアのあり方についても模索してきました。このセッションでは世界のDSTの動向、メディア・コンテを紹介し、臨床哲学の観
□12:10 – 12:40
□12:45 – 13:00
MELL platz全メンバー

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media exprimo Mizukoshi group

** “media expirmo” project finished its 5 and a half years research on March 2012, but several activities are still ongoing in Tokyo, Aichi prefecture, and some places in Tohoku area. This site may continue to report those practices. Thank you! (April 1, 2012)
“media exprimo” is an interdisciplinary research project on information design for people’s media expression and narratives. This project is organized by 4 research groups from different areas; information design, interface and network engineering, knowledge support system, and socio-media studies. This is a blog site of the last group from socio-media studies which Shin Mizukoshi (Professor of the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, The University of Tokyo) is a group leader.
The purpose of “media exprimo” is to develop a new technological and cultural platform system empowering people to engage in public communications in a historically regimented society of Japan. By applying a new methodology called “critical media practice”, researchers from 4 interdisciplinary groups have been collaborating each other. “media exprimo” is a contract research of CREST (Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) for five and half year from October 2006 to March 2012.
For more information, please check the website and the declaration below.
Official Website
Declaration of the “media exprimo”: New Horizons in Citizen Media Expression and Information Design
As an only one group from social science, Mizukoshi group has been taking a role of considering and developing “cultural program” as we call to see our practices (each workshop and project) in social (and also historical) contexts. When designing a practice for people to express their experience or memories using media, we cannot do it without knowing backgrounds or histories that people and the community they belong have. By seeing the social dimension (communal or mezo-level dimension), Mizukoshi group has been designing, implementing and analyzing practices, and at the same time, updating a theoretical framework of “cultural program”.
This site has on going and past workshops and projects’ announces, reports and articles. Please check and leave your comments.

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11/16 第5回領域シンポジウム「表現の未来へ」(JST)


主催:独立行政法人 科学技術振興機構
10:00〜10:10 開会挨拶
原島 博(東京大学 名誉教授)
10:10〜10:40 超高精細映像と生命的立体造形が反応する新伝統芸能空間の創出技術
河口洋一郎(東京大学大学院情報学環 教授)
10:40〜11:10 自由空間に3次元コンテンツを描き出す技術
斎藤英雄(慶應義塾大学理工学部情報工学科 教授)
11:10〜11:40 情報デザインによる市民芸術創出プラットフォームの構築
須永剛司(多摩美術大学美術学部 情報デザイン学科 教授)
11:40〜12:10 人を引き込む身体性メディア場の生成・制御技術
渡辺 富夫(岡山県立大学情報工学部 教授)
12:10〜13:00 昼食休憩
13:00〜14:50 ポスターセッション
15:00〜16:00 講演
原島 博(東京大学名誉教授、「デジタルメディア領域」研究総括)
16:10〜17:30 パネル討論
パネリスト:内丸 幸喜(文部科学省研究振興局 基礎研究振興課長)
廣瀬 通孝(東京大学大学院情報理工学系研究科 教授)
原島 博(東京大学 名誉教授)
司会:井口 征士(大阪大学 名誉教授)
17:40〜17:50 閉会挨拶科学技術振興機構
18:00〜20:00 研究者交流会

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10/23 Media Conte ハッピーマップ日進2011上映会

メディア・コンテ ハッピーマップ日進2011上映会

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“Media Exprimo” Shin Mizukoshi group: English abstract

A-I-U-E-O Gabun -weave the memories of community-
” A-I-U-E-O Gabun” (“Gabun”, litteraly “pictures and sentences,” hereafter called ‘gabun’) is a photo and wordplay activity inspired by the tradition of Japanese word game forms. It is moreover a simple storytelling project consisting of photographs and sentences aimed to encouraging sustainable local communication and community building.
Gabun has been continuously implemented though 2007 till 2012. First, gabun was developed as workshop primarily in 3 different locations across Japan; Shonan in Kanagawa prefecture, Toyohashi city in Aichi prefecture and Bunkyo-ward in Tokyo. 2011, gabun further expanded its breadth by working in collaboration with Tokyo Cable Network Inc., and Bunkyo-ward office.
The current 2011 project will continue until March 2012. Here multiple varieties of media are being designed to converge with one another, such as a regular CATV program, website, flyer, and workshops. With the help of various media, we aim to bring people together, allowing for them to talk and share their personal memories of the photos, secondly, create collaborative gabun stories, using their photos, and lastly, display these stories and photos and invite comment from all participating parties. Concurrently we’re trying to expand and repeat this process with cooperation of multiple media to weave the memories of community over as many platforms as possible. (Kiyoko Toriumi)
Gakkan Engawa Workshop
“Gakkan Engawa Workshop” is a media expression workshop utilizing citizen participation. The workshop was designed and held to celebrate the opening of Fukutake Hall at Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo in March 2008.
With the completion of Fukutake Hall, we aspired to make it an open and connected space, much like the corridor balconies of Japanese traditional houses called ‘Engawa’ and thus we decided to name our workshop “Gakkan Engawa.” We invited participants to find a picture or photo image expressing ‘wa’ (‘circle’ in Japanese) followed by sending it to us with a short caption using either mobile phone or PC. We processed these in real time and projected them onto large windows of Fukutake Hall.
We set multiple visualizing modes to present images as:
1. Descending cascade-type visualization: thumbnail images descending in a chronological sequence (Picture1)
2. Firework-type visualization: thumbnail images with the same keyword gather and made a popping-up motion much like a firework (Picture2).
3. Additional screen display: showing individual images in their original size with captions.
We collected 361 images and messages, where the variety of interpretation of “wa” was found from a cute ripple of raindrop to a human circle of a group dance. The workshop proved to be a great success, with many students, faculty members, alumni and even people from the local community participating in this creative activity. (Kim Yonnie)
Media Conte
Media Conte is a digital storytelling project, focusing on the people who are marginalized and tell their untold stories. With the storytelling movement found in the West, it is often said that “everyone has a story to tell,” and so in workshops conducted on the theme, participants appear to feel like they are expected to prepare stories in advance, just to fulfill this credo. However, in the case of Japan, many people don’t seem conscious of their own opinion or aware of the stories of their own life.
In order to harvest the seeds of these untold stories, first, we focused on the role of university students as facilitators, editors, and/or co-creators. They are expected to cooperate with the participants by listening to their unvoiced voices, helping to generate stories and video production.
We then designed workshops that utilize a kind of card. Here, children and senior citizens play with the students within their own pre-story space using various cards, allowing them to identify the seeds of their stories. From these seeds, stories are formed, transformed, and refined. We have so far engaged in seven Media Conte. University students as facilitators have collaborated with, for example, children of foreign working people, international students, aged neighbors, and handicapped persons. (Akiko Ogawa)
Keitai Trail!
“Keitai Trail!” is a collaborative media practice, designed to collect, connect and visualize people’s stories through a game-like activity. We used “keitai (mobile phone in Japanese)” as a main activity tool, not only in order to invite people in their most familiar setting, but also to explore a new way of using mobile phones for media expression. We developed rules for their activity (figure1).
Participant should fill in the blank space of question with his/her own word.
Then give a free talk explaining the word.
From the story, create a new question for the next participant.
Storytelling activities were recorded with the mobile movie kit. Finnally, we created a connected network of people’s stories and visualized them in a collaborative expression map.
●Keitai Trail! in Media Literacy Workshop
As a collaborative program with Namkai broadcasting station in Ehime prefecture, we utilized the “keitai trail!” format in a media literacy workshop with teenagers in 2008. For more information of the program, please check the above website.
●Keitai Trail! in Ars Electronica
We held a “keitai trail!” workshop in ARS Electronica in 2008 to collect and connect more than 250 stories on people’s “mobiles”. Please visit the above website to view whole stories and movie clips. (Kim Yonnie)
Radio Community Quest!
Radique! (Radio Community Quest) is a ‘quest workshop’, where participants explore local towns with map and IC recorder in hand, recording their experiences, cutting and editing and finally sharing these local stories on community radio stations. Radique! workshops were held so far in local shopping districts of Kyoto and Kobe, joined by students from Yuko Tsuchiya lab at Hiroshima University of Economics and Akiko Ogawa lab at Aichi Shukutoku Univeristy.
On August 9th-10th, 2010, the first workshop took place around Sanjyo-dori in Chukyo-ku, Kyoto city, with around 30 students participating. Students were asked to interview local shop owners about their “life philosophies”. These recordings were later edited out of which 30 minute long programs were made and broadcast on Kyoto Sanjyo Radio Café.
The second workshop was held on August 11th-12th of 2011 with the cooperation of a community radio station FMYY, pulling a crowd of 27 students. The workshop’s theme was here “Memories of Disasters, Relay of Memories.” It was held at a shopping area, located in the Shinnagata south district of Kobe city, the site of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake. Students asked members of the public what one needs to know about disaster prevention. From the recorded material, the students crafted a 30 minute radio program, entitled “Nagata’s messages from the heart – experiences of disaster and reconstruction.” (Yuko Tsuchiya)
Toyama Photo Senryu
“Toyama Photo Senryu” is a media literacy project conducted in collaboration with Tulip Television, a commercial broadcasting station in Toyama prefecture. It was moreover a cross media activity using the TV program and an official website for both PC and mobile phone. Alongside this, several workshops were held in Toyama prefecture and Tokyo.
In this project, we collected “photo senryu” (“Senryu” is a satirical poem consisting of 17 Japanese syllables) on the theme of “Images Toyama television never shows you”. By making the “photo senryu”, participants discovered the discrepancy between the image of Toyama broadcast by mainstream media and their own actual reality of everyday life. “Toyama Photo Senryu” allowed participants to create their own image of Toyama.
Through the website and workshops, more than 300 “Toyama Photo Senryu” were collected, of which 46 were made into “Toyama Photo Senryu Karuta” (Karuta is a traditional Japanese playing cards with pictures and words). Finally, we organized a “Toyama Photo Senryu Karuta” competition as a closing festival of the project, held at one of the largest shopping malls in Toyama prefecture. Now, the project is a planning to move on to the next stage by working on a collaboration with a local news paper. (Kiyoko Toriumi)

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10/1 メディア・エクスプリモ シンポジウム2011のご案内

media exprimo symposium 2011
The media exprimo, launched in the October of 2006, will be completed in the end of March, 2012. This is an information of the final symposium held in the afternoon of October 1st at the lecture hall C, etc. of Tamabi Hachioji campus. We will inclusively present and discuss this five and a half years project.
Please join us to get the bird’s eye view of this citizen oriented interdisciplinary project! RSVP is not required.
メディア・エクスプリモ シンポジウム2011のお知らせ

日 時 :2011年10月1日(土)13時〜17時半(その後、交流会あり)
会 場 :多摩美術大学 八王子キャンパス レクチャーホールC他
参加費 :無料(交流会有料)
共催  :メディア・エクスプリモ (
多摩美術大学 情報デザイン学科(
メディア・エクスプリモ シンポジウム2011

・廣瀬 通孝(東京大学)
・境 真理子(桃山学院大学)

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8/11-12 ラジクエ!ワークショップ2011「災害の記憶、記憶のリレー」@神戸を開催しました

午後 神戸市立地域人材支援センター集合
13:15  オリエンテーション
13:30 準備ワークショップ
14:15 取材活動 長田区南エリア商店街
16:00 編集
17:00 終了
10:00 FMわいわい集合
11:00 生放送!(30分間)
●ラジクエ!2011 クエストシート
Quest2 :おみくじの指示に従って取材せよ!
Quest3 : 取材録音のなかから最も印象的なインタビューを抜き出せ!
Quest4 : 最も多くの支持を獲得できるような内容を提示せよ!

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8/7 尾道で「夏休みメディアリテラシー体験講座」

初日のプログラムは、クリエイターの朝倉民枝さんをお招きした「ピッケのつくるえほん」ワークショップです。このワークショップでは、朝倉さんが開発したパソコンソフトでキャラクターやアイテムをならべ、オリジナルのえほんをつくるものです。通常このワークショップでは、ひとり1台の PC をつかって、それぞれのおはなしをつくっていきますが、今回は新しい試みをおこなっています。
ひとつは、複数人でおはなしづくりに取り組んだことです。はじめて出会った参加者同士、しかもできるだけ遠い年齢でペアになりました。参加者は、性別も年齢もちがう人と一緒になって、はじめはとまどい気味でしたが、最終的には 8 ページのえほんを作りあげました。
もうひとつは、PC ではなくタブレット端末 iPad をつかったことです。iPad アプリ「ピッケのつくるえほん」(開発中)は、画面にタッチしながら直感的に操作できました。ほとんどの参加者にとってなじみのないデバイスでしたが、すぐに使いこなしていました。

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