JICA研修員による本学COI拠点制作「クローン文化財」の視察JICA trainees visited the displays of “Clone Cultural Properties” produced by the COI site

October 30, 2017





最後に研修員たちは、現在大学美術館で開催中の世界初のクローン文化財のみによる展覧会、シルクロード特別企画展「素心伝心-クローン文化財 失われた刻の再生」を鑑賞しました。様々な理由により傷つき、あるいは失われた文化財の再現を目の当たりにして、自国の文化財の復元の可能性を「クローン文化財」に見いだそうとする研修員もいました。


On October 18, 2017, a total of eleven participants of a training program by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) visited Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai) to take a tour of the cultural properties that were “cloned” at the Tokyo University of the Arts COI site. The trainees are from government tourism organizations in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Sudan, and Swaziland.

Following the welcome remarks by Manager of the Public Collaboration Division Katsuo Kobayashi, Dr. Yukio Kenmochi, who is a University Research Administrator (URA) at Tokyo Geidai, introduced the projects on “Clone Cultural Properties” that the COI site has implemented so far, showing a video on those projects. Dr. Kenmochi explained that high-definition “Clone Cultural Properties” are produced with a blend of digital technologies and traditional art techniques. Such cloned art works are not mere copies or replicas of the originals. Rather, they are produced with the aim of passing down the techniques and spirituality of the originals to the next generation, while following the Japanese traditional culture of “mosha (reproduction)”, he added.

After the introduction, the group of the JICA trainees visited the laboratory where cultural properties are reproduced. They learned from Dr. Kenmochi that such art works, which are manually finished by artists, not only have the same textures but also use the same pigments as the original works, thereby attempting to inherit the tradition and ethnic identity of the originals. As they were told that they could touch some cloned cultural properties, they enjoyed the reproduced textures and colors.

At the dome theater, which the group visited next, they seemed impressed by a 3D image of the Tower of Babel originally painted by Peiter Bruegel, which had been enlarged and projected on a half-dome shaped screen.

Before departure, the JICA trainees visited the University Museum to see The Grand Exhibition on the Silk Road, SOSin – DENSin, Clone Cultural Property: Revitalization of Lost Time, which is the world’s first exhibition consisting of cloned cultural properties only. Facing the cultural properties whose originals were damaged or lost for various reasons, some trainees saw the prospects for the reconstruction of their own national cultural assets.

Through this visit, the JICA trainees and the COI staff members were able to share a recognition that the succession of cultural property means the succession of cultural identities. Standing by the principle that cultural properties are the common heritage of mankind, Tokyo Geidai is committed to keeping delivering research outcomes such as cloned cultural properties both in Japan and overseas.