Toshiro Mitsuoka

I was born in Tokyo and grew up in Yokohama. I'm specialised in Media Studies and Museum Studies. I'm a fanatic art lover. As a co-founder, I established SETENV in 2000, and have been engaged in organizing several live performances and exhibitions on Media Art. From 2005, I turned to focus on my own research projects. My current research subject is 'Media Studies on Museums.' Museums have often been considered as a place for art appreciation or learning; however, I am interested in how we can conceptualise museums as a form of media. This enables us to explore interrelationships between various modes of communications, such as beholding, learning, consuming (tourism) and disciplining. I'm planning to extend the current research towards two main directions below.

  1. By introducing a social science-based approach to museums developed in Britain and America (e. g. Media Studies and Cultural Studies), I would like to build up Museum Studies in Japan for critically understanding museums. This is different from Museology which is for managing museums.
  2. Analysis of public spaces structured by various forms of media. It has been said that electric media such as TV or PC bring ideas and objects far away directly into our rooms. However, as mobile media, such as mobile phones and iPods, became multi-functional and downsized, real spaces which we pass by in daily life are being experienced as the structure or bundle of media. Museums in fact are one of the typical spaces which are multi-layered by text, visual, acoustic, tactile and interactive media. I would especially like to take up the issue of the omnipresence of screens in contemporary society.
Portrait

Education

2005 - 2013 PhD in Cultural Resources Studies, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo
2006 - 2007 MA in Media & Communications, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London
2003 - 2005 MA in Cultural Resources Studies, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo
1997 - 2002 BA in Sociology, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo

Job

2016 - Current Associate Professor, Faculty of Communication Studies, Tokyo Keizai University, Tokyo
2013 - 2016 Lecturer, Faculty of Communication Studies, Tokyo Keizai University, Tokyo
2012 - Current Adjunct Researcher, Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Tokyo
2012 - 2013 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo
2011 Guest Lecturer in ‘Media and Expression’, Musashino Art University, Tokyo
2010 - 2013 Lecturer in 'Media Studies on Museums', Toyo Institute of Art and Design, Tokyo
2010 - 2012 Research Associate, Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Tokyo
2008 - 2010 Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo
2004 - 2005 Educator, Variations on a Silence – Contemporary Art at the Recycling Plant, Tokyo
2004 Intern Educator, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
2002 Marketing, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., Tokyo

Awards

2011 Jun. The Incentive Award, The Museological Society of Japan
2010 Jun. The Outstanding Paper Award, The Japan Society for Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication