Past Events

25 April 2017

Sino-Japanese Power Politics: Might, Money and Minds

The post-2012 standoff over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands has unveiled the antagonistic quality to Sino-Japanese relations, with an important addition: a massive information war that has cemented the two states’ rivalry. Dr Giulio Pugliese will give an account of Japan-China power politics in the military, economic and propaganda domains.

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20 April 2017

Recasting the Past: An Early Modern Tales of Ise for Children

The Tales of Ise and its hero Ariwara no Narihira have fascinated Japanese and international readers for centuries. In this talk, Dr Laura Moretti explores the 1766 picture-book Ise fūryū: Utagaruta no hajimari (The Fashionable Ise: The Origins of Utagaruta), examining how it adapts the The Tale of Ise for an eighteenth-century young audience and investigating how it challenges our expectations towards children’s literature.

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12 April 2017

Private View: var i = phenomena; var x = future; for (i < x) {i++} by Shigetoshi Furutani

var i = phenomena; var x = future; for (i < x) {i++} is the first solo exhibition in London by Shigetoshi Furutani. His work seeks a more effective way to deal with the limitations of language and to expand the expression of the two-dimensional form in an age of social media, engaging with the limits of chaos and order, proliferation and restriction. In this exhibition, Furutani juxtaposes digital collages of found footage and images and animations created by the artist himself.

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5 April 2017

To Pick Up the Shadow - A Photography Workshop by Toshiaki Hicosaka

Photography captures images of the world through the use of light. Could the shadows also create a visual experience – one that does not appear under the light? This workshop invites you to take photos in central London at night using a unique and somewhat unorthodox method. Workshop participants are asked to bring their own digital camera that has a flash function.

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4 April 2017

The Nuclear Culture Source Book

The Nuclear Culture Source Book is a resource and introduction to nuclear culture. In this talk, Ele Carpenter and Eiko Honda bring together contemporary art and ideas investigating the nuclear Anthropocene, nuclear sites and materiality, along with important questions of radiological inheritance, nuclear modernity and the philosophical concept of radiation as a hyperobject.

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23 March 2017

Obtaining Images: Art, Production and Display in Edo Japan

The Edo Period is known worldwide as one of the most vibrant and exciting times in the history of Japanese art. In this talk, Professor Timon Screech takes us on an entertaining tour of Edo art and suggest ways in which art historical scholarship, and appreciation, can develop in diverse periods and fields.

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14 March 2017

Love and Perverted Desires in Four Centuries of Japanese Literature

In this talk, Dr Damian Flanagan explored the shifting sexual norms of Japan’s literary history from the Edo Period to the present. How have the great writers of Japan from Ihara Saikaku and Natsume Soseki to Yukio Mishima and Haruki Murakami responded to the challenge of these shifting sexual norms and how does understanding the sexuality of the age change our understanding of their works?

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10 March 2017

Gobara Lacquerware: Unique Urushi

The Hiruzen Plateau in Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture, is visited by over 2 million tourists per year. Gobara, a small village hidden away in one of the plateau’s corners, is home to Gobara lacquerware, a type of lacquerware that is made for everyday use. Join artisan Kunimitsu Takatsuki to discover more about the history and techniques of this unique urushi.

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8 March 2017

The Creation and Future of Japanese Traditional Music

Yuka Takechi has forged a unique career as a composer at the highest level, creating new classical music for Japanese traditional music and its instruments. In this talk, Takechi introduced her works by using video and audio materials and considered the potential of Japanese traditional music, its creativity and its future. Takechi was joined by award-winning violinist Midori Komachi, who performed a selection of Takechi’s original pieces for violin.

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