Social Inclusivity and Art
Aired: Jun. 27, 2019
With one year to go before the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, this segment features a leading project in the cultural program of the Paralympics called TURN. Lead by the Arts Council Tokyo and Katsuhiko Hibino, an artist and professor at the Tokyo University of the Arts, the project seeks to create new forms of expression through interaction between artists and people with disabilities.
The ‘performance’ art was creative and inclusive as it engaged those with disabilities. It was inspiring to see how art exists not just for art’s sake but serves a bigger purpose in the community.
From the Philippines
I came to understand that the “TURN” project aims to integrate and demystify those of special needs through self-expression and connection with wider society. Contrasting with so many self-indulgent works nowadays, I was impressed by how TURN seeks to improve the health of society by “creating a kinder and more flexible society through art.” The ‘human sushi roll’ was cute and I enjoyed seeing the smiles of people engaging in this and other activities of TURN. Besides the upcoming 2020 Paralympic Games, this project is timely given the multitude of ways in which our world is in increasingly short supply of these kinds of qualities. I was pleased to see Japan positioning at the centre of this alternative vision.
The topic was about an artform that I’ve never seen before and it was interesting for that reason alone. It was also covered well. I enjoyed the camera following Onishi into the facility and watching him actually trace his subjects on film. It’s a great visual to reinforce the narration. Since it’s a unique artform, it needs an explanation and the one provided in the program was great. It could’ve been explained in narration, but interviews were used instead, which is significantly more interesting. Also, the coverage of TURN events by the Arts Council Tokyo and actually getting to see people participate gave the segment a lot of emotional depth.
From the US