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Tetsu Nishiyama’s Lecture From Season 2 of GEISAI University Has Now Ended

Tetsu Nishiyama’s Lecture From Season 2 of GEISAI University Has Now Ended


Our lineup of professors for Season 2 of GEISAI University is composed entirely of men’s fashion designers, so you can expect a large turnout of fashionable attendees. It’s also safe to say we’ll be seeing seen a lot more men than usual.

Honeyee.com editor Tetsuya Suzuki (left) rehearses with WTAPS Designer and the night’s professor Tetsu Nishiyama (right).
We exceeded far more guests than usual so at the last minute, we decided to increase the number of on-site tickets. The gallery filled with a sea of people, including many who stood in the back.
At 19:00, the event began with a greeting from the Chairman and a review of past GEISAI University lectures. He then handed the baton to Mr. Suzuki, managing editor of honeyee.com.
Suzuki: “The three designers we’ll be introducing these next few weeks all have a certain logic at the root of their expressiveness. This logic is necessary for creation but at the same time, in our capitalist society, it must be market-wise. Our goal is to find out what each Professor’s logic and strategy are and if we do well, I think you’ll come away with a clear understanding of what it is they do. This will be our theme for all three lectures. “
Mr. Suzuki will be serving as our host for all three lectures of Season 2.

Suzuki: “I think our professor tonight, Mr. Nishiyama, was the last runner in the Tokyo street fashion movement known as ‘Ura-Harajuku’. He has done the best job of taking the baton, the core of the movement’s concepts, and continuing its development.

The conversation then traced Nishiyama’s roots to the years before he founded WTAPS.

Suzuki: “How do you look back on the birth of the “NOWHERE” label?

Nishiyama: “It was originally a select shop run by NIGO and Junio (Jun Takahashi). At the time, I think they didn’t yet have a clear idea of what they wanted to do. But both had the desire to express something and the shop became a medium for that.
Suzuki: “It seems to me that in the latter half of the 90’s, we started seeing clothes selected by creative people, whereas in the previous eras they went into theater, magazines, bands – I was intrigued that that sort of creative people were starting to get involved in fashion and I wondered why. As someone who was involved in that era, what do you think?

Nishiyama: “I think clothes were an easy tool for us to use. Everyone says they got started by making t-shirts with silkscreens and it was the same for me. I actually brought my first silkscreen with me tonight.”

Professor Nishiyama introduces his first ever silkscreen, made by pooling money with a friend.

Nishiyama: “When I was in high school, I pooled money with an upperclassman and we went to a silkscreen workshop and had this print made for us to sell. So more than an interest in clothes, it was really just us wanting to express ourselves.

Thanks to Mr. Suzuki’s deft interviewing skills, the conversation covered a wide range of topics, from Mr. Nishiyama’s thoughts on his brand to his experiences, career activities, and cultural influences, as well as his primary concerns when designing.
Suzuki: “Do you feel that your brand or you yourself will open new avenues of communication in the future?”

Nishiyama: “Good question. I think I’ve become a little too wise to the ways of things. After doing this for fifteen years, I’ve finally started to figure out how the world works and it’s caused a kind of creative block to form. It’s scary to me. I feel that, moving forward, I need to balance this wisdom by making sure I still express myself in a genuine way.

During the question and answer session, so many people raised their hands that it was impossible for us to take questions from all of them.

With all seats full and crowds of people standing, Professor Nishiyama’s lecture was a great success. Thanks to everyone who came!
Next up will be a lecture from VISVIM designer Hiroki Nakamura. We look forward to your visit.
Photo:Kurage Kikuchi



<GEISAI University Details>
(All lectures conducted in Japanese language only)
※Special Note※

Due to the high volume of applications for single lecture tickets for Hiroki Nakamura’s lecture, all new applications will be placed on a mailing list.

■Season 2
Dates and Times:
Friday, October 30 – Professor Hiroki Nakamura (VISVIM) ※All applications will be placed on waiting list
Friday, November 6 – Professor Masaki Homma (Mastermind JAPAN)

Time::19:00~20: 30 ※ All times are subject to change.

Admission Fee:Single Lecture - 3,000 yen/ 3 Lecture set - 7,500 yen

How to apply: Please write (in Japanese) to the email address
      below or apply through your personal Ticket Pia account.

The address for applications is: info@geisai.net

Please include the text GEISAI”大学第2シーズン申込希望”in the subject line and write in Japanese. A response will be sent containing further information.

・Ticket Pia P Code: 616-242 Single Lecture 3,000 yen

※Please make sure your mailbox settings enable receipt of messages from the following address: info@geisai.net

※The follow-up mail will be long so if you enter a mobile address, be sure to disable limitations on the number of characters it can receive.

※Please be aware that the application deadline may change depending on how many seats are filled.
※If you apply after all seats have been filled, your name will be transferred to the waiting list. We may contact in the event that someone cancels.

Application deadline:9/24(Thu)at 10:00

Venue: Kaikaikiki Gallery
     〒106-0046 Motoazabu Crest Bldg., B1F, 2-3-30 Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
○Bus:Toei Bus橋86 (Stops in front of Meguro and Shimbashi Stations  Get off at Aiiku Byouin Mae – 2 minute walk to gallery     
○Train: Hiroo Subway Station (Hibiya Line) - 8 minute walk from exit one
Azabu Juban Subway Station (Namboku/Oedo Line) – 10 minute walk        

※The gallery is some distance from the closest station. Please use caution.


<GEISAI#14 Details>

Dates:March 14, 2010 (Sun)

Venue:Tokyo Big Sight

Applications for Exhibition:10/19/2009 (Mon) ~ January 18, 2010(Mon)
      Please use the following form for applications.      https://www.geisai.net/g14/form/

■Regarding Jury Review/Awards
At present, we have not yet decided whether there will be a jury review or prizes.

■Regarding Booths
Only booths with no walls will be sold at GEISAI#14. There will be no booths with walls or family booths available.

■Regarding conditions for exhibition 
As long as the work they present is original, all artists are free to exhibit at GEISAI#14, regardless of their status as pro or amateur.

※For further information on conditions, rules for the selling of works, and precautions, please visit the official GEISAI website.

If you have any questions, please write to geisai14@geisai.net