Dumb Type was founded in 1984 by a group of students of the Kyoto City University of Arts who were frustrated at not being allowed to take any subjects outside their majors. They shared an aspiration to create something new by departing from conventions, and they eventually established a creative style that overcame the boundaries between theatre, dance, and visual art. The word ‘dumb’ is meant to be a cynical antithesis to ‘high art’ and represents the freedom of artistic expression that the collective enjoys. Dumb Type’s creative practice spans a range of media and formats, including exhibition, performance, audio-visual work, and publication.
Dumb Type’s recent exhibitions include DUMB TYPE: ACTIONS + REFLEXIONS at Centre Pompidou-Metz (2018); Reenacting History Collective Actions and Everyday Gestures at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2017); and Re: Quest—Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s at the Seoul National University Museum of Art (2013).