Art as a source of competitiveness
The symposium, “Producing the Arts,” held on February 12, 2009, was designed to consider how our society, including industry, can better use artistic talents in the creative economy. Mr. Aki Kuroda, a painter often patronized by Mr. Yuichi Mori, who was present at the symposium as a panelist, remarked that when he was commissioned to design the exterior and interior of a jewelry shop, he “worked on the task not as a designer but as an artist.”
Artists are distinguished from ordinary people in their ability to create things not bound by common sense and ordinary ideas. If Mr. Kuroda worked as a designer, his ideas could have fallen within common boundaries. With their free-spirited works, artists can impress people in a manner previously unknown and create new values that cannot be duplicated.
This is how artistic talent can work as a source of competitiveness and added value. (T.Y.)