Susumu Shingu - 'How should we live tomorrow?'
Hosted by The Glasgow School of Art

Event Type:

Friday Event


Glasgow Film Theatre


8 Jan 2010
11:00 - 13:00



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Susumu Shingu - 'How should we live tomorrow?'

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Susumu Shingu
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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 Jirí Kylían.

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.