MATSUNAGA Shinji

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Name
MATSUNAGA Shinji
E-mail
matsunagashinjigmail.com
Affiliation
Tokyo University of the Arts
Section
Faculty of Fine Arts
Job title
Research associate
Degree
PhD(Tokyo University of the Arts)
Other affiliation
Ritsumeikan University

Profile

I'm studying videogames from a philosophical and aesthetic perspective. My current focus is on the medium of videogames and its formal features, and the analysis of the critical practices on works of videogames.

Interest 1. Signification in videogames
My ongoing doctoral dissertation is about the structure of signification in videogames.

In the light of their historical development, I take videogames as a hybrid form of traditional games, such as chess or soccer, and fiction, such as novel or film. On that basis, I try to construct a theoretical framework that will be able to describe the ways of signification in games and fiction respectively, and the varied, complex relationship between them.

Such signifying aspects as narrative, temporal or spatial representation, simulation, player's actions, and so on, will be adequately explained in terms of this framework.

Interest 2. Other philosophical / aesthetic interests on videogames
a) Videogames and traditional games: the peculiarity of computer games when compared to non-computer ones.
b) Narrative in Games: on narratives that are emergent, non-linear, environmental, and so on.
c) What properties make gameplay (aesthetically) valued: an aesthetic approach to "fun" or "good gameplay."
d) Indie game culture: its notable artistic orientation.
e) Art games.
f) Pixel arts as appreciated.

Interest 3. Other interests in philosophy of art
a) Definitions of art.
b) Popular vs high arts.
c) Depiction / pictorial representation.
d) Aesthetic judgments on fashion: in particular, the analysis of the concept of "fashionable."

Research Areas

 
 

Books etc

 
Jesper Juul, trans. MATSUNAGA Shinji (Part:Single Translation)
New Games Order   Sep 2016   ISBN:4908124086
eds. ASHIDA Hiroshi and MIZUNO Daijiro (Part:Joint Work, Which Things Are Stylish? An Everyday Aesthetics of Fashion)
Adachi Press   Sep 2015   ISBN:4908251010
ed. Japanese Society for Semiotics (Part:Joint Work, Videogames as Simulation of Actions)
Shin-yo-sha   Jun 2015   ISBN:4788514389

Published Papers

 
MATSUNAGA Shinji
Vanitas: A Critical Journal on Fashion   004 165-181   Sep 2015   [Refereed]
MATSUNAGA Shinji
Semiotopos 10   184-202   Jun 2015   [Refereed]
MATSUNAGA Shinji
PhD dissertation, Tokyo University of the Arts      Mar 2015   [Refereed]
MATSUNAGA Shinji
Ronso, Tokyo University of the Arts   11 27-34   Mar 2015   [Refereed]
MATSUNAGA Shinji
Bigaku (Aesthetics)   64(2) 97-108   Dec 2013   [Refereed]
When describing player’s actions in videogame playing, we often use the sentences which seem to say that the player performs her actions within a fictional world. But it seems to be impossible for a real individual to act in any fictional location...
MATSUNAGA Shinji
Kallista   19 27-55   Dec 2012   [Refereed]
This Paper attempts to clarify the question “Are videogames art?” rather than to answer it: the focus is on what the question precisely says and what is required as the premises to reply it.

Most theorists and critics who ask and answer the quest...
MATSUNAGA Shinji
Kallista   17 24-51   Dec 2010   [Refereed]

Conference Activities & Talks

 
The Final Report on the Research Mapping Project for Game Studies
MATSUNAGA Shinji
13 Mar 2016   
MATSUNAGA Shinji, INOUE Akito, FUKUDA Kazufumi, HOSOI Koichi
The 2015 Annual Conference of Digital Games Research Association Japan   27 Feb 2016   
MATSUNAGA Shinji
The 3rd Meeting 2015 of Ritsumeikan Center for Game Studies   27 Nov 2015   
MATSUNAGA Shinji
The Workshop for Analytic Philosophy and Art   7 Nov 2015   
MATSUNAGA Shinji
KoSAC Thesis Forum Vol.2   21 Mar 2015   
MATSUNAGA Shinji
The 6th Annual Meeting of the Japan Association for the Contemporary and Applied Philosophy   10 May 2014   
MATSUNAGA Shinji
Kyoto Game Conference   8 Mar 2014   
MATSUNAGA Shinji
The 63rd Conference of the Japanese Society for Aesthetics   6 Oct 2012   
MATSUNAGA Shinji
The 2011 Conference of DiGRA Japan   26 Feb 2012   
MATSUNAGA Shinji
The 62nd Conference of the Japanese Society for Aesthetics   16 Oct 2011   
MATSUNAGA Shinji
The 31st Conference of Japanese Association for Semiotic Studies   15 May 2011   
MATSUNAGA Shinji
RGN-u: Research for Computer Game Design and Narrative @Ustream   11 Dec 2010   

Misc

 
MATSUNAGA Shinji, INOUE Akito, FUKUDA Kazufumi, HOSOI Koichi
Proceedings of 2015 Annual Conference, Digital Games Research Association Japan      Feb 2016
MATSUNAGA Shinji
Analytic Aesthetics Accelerating   14-16   Sep 2015
MATSUNAGA Shinji
Analytic Aesthetics Accelerating   26-28   Sep 2015
Morris Weitz, trans. MATSUNAGA Shinji
Online publication      May 2015
Discussion: From Semiotics to Aesthetics: On Goodman's Languages of Art
MATSUKA Natsuki, MATSUNAGA Shinji, SHIMABUKURO Yaoki, SHINOHARA Yuuki, TAKAHASHI Muneyuki
Tsukuba Hihyou   4-17   Apr 2013
MATSUNAGA Shinji
Nicochiku   12-15   Apr 2013   [Invited]
MATSUNAGA Shinji
Bigaku (Aesthetics)   63(2) 141   Dec 2012
MATSUNAGA Shinji
The Proceedings of DiGRA Japan 2011   101-105   Feb 2012

Education

 
Apr 2010
 - 
Mar 2015
PhD course of fine arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
 
Apr 2008
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Mar 2010
MA course of aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
 
Apr 2004
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Mar 2008
BA course of aesthetics and art history, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
 

Academic & Professional Experience

 
Apr 2016
 - 
Today
Research Associate, Department of Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
 
Jul 2015
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Today
Visiting Fellow, Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University
 
Apr 2011
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Mar 2013
Research Fellow (DC2), The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
 

Research Grants & Projects

 
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS): Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows)
Project Year: Apr 2011 - Mar 2013    Investigator(s): MATSUNAGA Shinji
The Judge's Actions in Games: A Perspective for the Comparison between Computer and Non-computer Games
Foundation for the Fusion of Science and Technology: Grant-in-Aid
Project Year: Apr 2010 - Mar 2011    Investigator(s): MATSUNAGA Shinji