Established in 2001, the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS) in Gifu prefecture has built a reputation for its contributions to media arts through its innovative approach to education and research. By embracing technology and creativity equally, the school has become a magnet for artists, scientists and engineers eager to push the limits of media arts.
The institute offers a range of programs and courses that integrate various disciplines, including digital media, interactive art, virtual reality, robotics, and more. This interdisciplinary approach fosters collaboration and experimentation in various forms of artistic expression.
IAMAS also organizes regular exhibitions, workshops and symposiums that gather artists, scholars and industry professionals from around the world. Apart from facilitating knowledge exchange, the events also promote networking and collaboration opportunities for students and faculty members.
“IAMAS is directly connected with some universities through the Ars Electronica Festival. This event has been well received and highly evaluated throughout the world as the sort of vanguard of developing a new culture with the use of art and design in science,” President Suzuki Nobuya told GMI POST.
“Art has recently been growing quite widely for its scientific backing. In fact, companies are interested in utilizing it in their research and production of new technology, but also in the advertising world,” he added.
In the field of research, the institute aggressively explores new frontiers in media technology and its applications through collaborations with industry partners and research institutions.