Kyoto Creative Assemblage


Kyoto Creative Assemblage is a programme dedicated to fostering creativity among business people. Leveraging the perspectives of: humanistic sociology that examine and articulate societal dynamics; speculative design that recaptures everyday life by building and experiencing alternative realities; and art practice that disrupts existing frameworks and prevents easy conclusions, the programme brings together instructors from three leading universities in Kyoto (Kyoto University, Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto Institute of Technology) and practitioners at the forefront of creative practice to guide participants in shaping new worldviews.

The programme is divided into three main parts. Part 1 “Aesthetic Strategies” is led by Kyoto University. This is aimed at acquiring both theoretical knowledge and practical skills to look closely at society and express fresh worldviews. Concurrently, participants engage in an art exercise led by Kyoto City University of Arts “Melting/dissolving the ‘obvious’, the ‘premise’ and the ‘common sense'”, which consists of a total of five exercises to practice physical expressions using the body.

Re:public, together with Kyoto Institute of Technology and Deep Care Lab, leads Part 2: “From De-futuring to Innovation: Contemplating Possible Future Ecosystems”. This section, spanning almost half a year, is designed to develop approaches to critically articulate an alternative worldview through theory and practice, and to imagine a new ecosystem that can be applied to business. Yuki Uchida (Director at Re:public) is on the advisory board of the entire programme.

Currently, the very frameworks and values that form the basis of society, including the matured structure of capitalism, are beginning to falter; it is no longer possible to generate value within these old frameworks, by merely aiming to solve problems or satisfy needs. To truly pioneer this era and create greater value, we must build an alternative ‘worldview’ that will inspire people to step into a new society, despite the tension and discomfort that may accompany it.

By forming an Assemblage- a conglomeration of heterogeneous things- and working collaboratively while embracing the tension, each of us will undergo transformation. Through this process, we may develop an acute sensitivity to subtle shifts in society, enabling us to reinterpret them with fresh perspectives: such approaches to creativity are what we would like to explore at KCA.


  • Advisor/ Advisory Board
    Re:public Inc.
  • Hosted by
    Kyoto University
    Kyoto City University of Arts
    Kyoto Institute of Technology
  • Kyoto Creative Assemblage : Part2
    Kyoto Institute of Technology
    Deep Care Lab
  • Executive Office
    Graduate School of Management
    Kyoto University
  • Supported by
    Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
    Sony Group Corporation
    Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.
    Shiseido Company, Limited
    IHI Corporation, etc.

    Kyoto economic organisations (Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kyoto Association of Corporate Executives, Kyoto Industrial Association)
    Regional financial institutions (e.g. Kyoto Shinkin Bank)
    Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City
    Public support organisations (Kyoto Chiesangyo Sozonomori, Advanced Science, Technology & Management Research Institute of KYOTO)
    Kyoto University Original Co., Ltd. (100% subsidiary of Kyoto University)


Prolegomena Session4 - Designs in the Anthropocene 20.01.2022

This session provides an overview of design trends in the 20th-21st century and introduces key topics for discussion in the designs of the Anthropocene.

Prolegomena Session5 - Designing Design 27.01.2022

This session explores ways of co-imagining possible futures together with various non-human stakeholders.