Possibilities for a Cultural-arts Complex
The Platform of the Archives and Civic activities, Museum network After 3.11
清水有 Tamotsu SHIMIZU
This paper represents continued work at Sendai
mediatheque (SMT) and its changing role as cultural
institution. This topic paper will present theories related
to museology in the context of challenges and developments
emerging at this 21st century media center. SMT
supports civic intellectual activities using various media.
It hosts a wide range of activities such as exhibitions,
screenings and workshops organized by and for diverse
grass-rooted groups. The Great East Japan Earthquake,
which occurred on March 11th, 2011, was an event that
drastically altered the mission and direction of SMT.
It is of high significance to investigate the role of a
Cultural-arts complex represented by SMT in the face of
a large-scale disaster, in terms of exploring the value and
mission of this museum. In particular, the role of smt as
platform presents a new perspective towards describing a
theory for a Cultural-arts complex.
Sendai mediatheque, 3.11, platform, museology, media studies