'How should we live tomorrow?' watch
Making sculptures that move with natural energies for more than 40
years, Susumu Shingu feels that he should make use of his unique
experience and knowledge to create something useful for our future.
That is, the idea of a self-sustainable community, Breathing
Earth: a place of inspiration, a place for artists,
scientists and children; a place to learn, discuss, try out and
enact; a place to ask "How should we live tomorrow?"
"I believe that art can make something useful and at the same time
beautiful. I have been making sculptures that move by natural
energies of wind and water, and I almost feel as if, thorough them,
I have become acquainted with a being who, although difficult and
demanding is also infinitely interesting. I will continue this
exciting journey with my friend, nature." - Susumu Shingu.
Born in 1937 in Osaka, Susumu Shingu is a well-respected
philosopher and poet of nature. He has created numerous
sculptures throughout the world, has undertaken important
collaborations with architects such as Renzo Piano and Tadao Ando,
as well as with creators such as Issey Miyake and choreographer
During Term 2 (Winter/Spring 2010), hosted by the Mackintosh
School of Architecture, Susumu Shingu worked on a project
contributing to the Common Academic Framework with students and
staff from across GSA . The project sought to pursue
underlying research into the sustainability of habitation and
settlement, and to understand the individuality of place and how it
could relate to other places around the world.
Hosted by The School of Fine Art, The Friday
Event Lecture Series is The Glasgow School of Art's flagship public
lecture series, and brings major international speakers (including
artists, architects, designers, historians and cultural theorists)
to the city of Glasgow.