Toda Corporation, based in the Toda Building, will start APK Studies, a learning program that nurtures creativity essential for the self, with the goal of forming a new community connected through art.
APK Studies is a program that takes art as a starting point for understanding various aspects of history and systems, and deepens participants’ interest in and awareness of issues while planning and implementing actual projects. We are pleased to welcome the independent curator Aoki Akira as facilitator of the program, which will aim to reinterpret and reconstruct relationships between the self and society for better living. Acceptance of applications for the first term is scheduled to begin in spring 2025.
Aoki Akira (b. 1989 in Tokyo) is the director of Gate Inc. and New Machizukuri-sha. He graduated from Tokyo Metropolitan University, Department of Industrial Arts. Aoki perceives art as a form of “ingenuity for better living,” and has organized a wide range of art projects in partnership with artists, corporations, and local governments. His notable past activities include serving as assistant curator for Koganecho Bazaar 2017: “Double Façade – Multiple ways to encounter the Other” (Yokohama City, 2017), director for “Fantasia! Fantasia!: A community where lifestyles are made real” (Tokyo, from 2018 onward), and guest curator for KAC Curatorial Research Program vol. 01: “Landscape for Wavering” (Kyoto Art Center, 2019). He is the author and editor of Su ga deru workshop [Workshops That Reveal One’s True Nature] (Gakugei Publishing).