Mushashino Art University Exhibits International Students' Poster Design Project on Climate Change

04 July 2012
Nagoya (Japan) - From 9 July to 18 August, Musashino Art University will host the International Students' Poster Design Project "Climate Change," an Icograda-endorsed poster exhibition featuring work by 190 students from 20 universities on 5 continents.
Nagoya (Japan) - From 9 July to 18 August, Musashino Art University (MAU) will host the International Students' Poster Design Project "Climate Change," an Icograda-endorsed poster exhibition featuring work by 190 students from 20 universities on 5 continents.

These works were originally conceived as part of a poster project initiated by in early 2010 by Prof. Helmut Langer, Icograda Past President and professor at the Ecosign Academy for Design (Germany). Prof. Langer's vision involved harnessing the creative power of graphic design students from academic institutions around the globe to tackle the issue of climate change. The resulting posters were to be displayed at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16) held in Cancun, Mexico in December 2010.

Through Prof. Langer's great efforts, 20 institutions from five continents were recruited to participate, including seven Icograda Education Network members. The respective students and faculty worked diligently to create a total of 190 posters tackling the theme of climate change at the local, regional, and global levels. The result truly represented, in Prof. Langer's words, "the voice of the youth of the world on climate change."

Unfortunately, in the end the event was cancelled and the posters were never displayed. Many of the professors involved in the project have since endeavoured to raise funds to realize this poster exhibition at other venues and to publish a catalog of all the students' works. However, although some of the posters have been exhibited in the form of a slide show, the bulk of this outstanding body of work has remained unseen.

Musashino Art University (MAU), one of the original project participants, has succeeded in securing funds to hold the exhibition and to finally realize Prof. Langer's vision with all 190 posters to be displayed at the new, internationally heralded Museum & Library.

Prof. Minoru Niijima, chairman of the Visual Communication Design Department at MAU and one of the key people behind the Icograda Education Conference at the Visualogue Congress in 2003, has spearheaded this effort to finally allow all the students' posters to see the light of day and to spread their international messages regarding climate change. The data has been obtained from Prof. Langer in order to print the posters and a catalog, designed by Takeo Nakano, a disciple of Prof. Niijima.

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Musashino Art University is acknowledged as one of Japan's leading art and design universities. The school was founded as Teikoku Art School in 1929. The name changed to Musashino Art Schoolin 1948. In 1962 it was renamed and reformed to Musashino Art University. There is a growing call for artists and designers with rich creative prowess who have the capacity to meet the challenges of economic globalization and rapid industrial advances, and thus require vast interdisciplinary knowledge ranging from global affairs such as environmental issues to art management along with the capacity to communicate in foreign languages. MAU aims to meet the increasing demands on advanced art and design education, which necessitates actively responding to the global changes we are now witnessing. www.musabi.ac.jp