Past Events

20 October 2016

Joso’s Japan: Wood and Paper Houses

In this event, author Jayne Joso will talk us through the essential elements of the Japanese wood and paper house, and how one of these enigmatic spaces came to settle itself as a character in its own right in her critically acclaimed novel, My Falling Down House.

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12 October 2016

Earth, Pigment and Stone: Artist Julie Brook’s Japan

The 2015 Daiwa Art Prize shortlisted artist Julie Brook’s practice involves making sculptural work inspired by the specific environments she inhabits using materials found to hand such as earth, pigment and stone. Her work is transient, temporal, and ephemeral; her sculptures are made of the fabric of the landscape itself. This talk will give a brief introduction to the work the artist has made in wild landscapes in Libya, Namibia and Scotland and how her recent visit to Japan is influencing her future projects.

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10 October 2016

Contemporary Botanical Art from Japan: Kusabana-zu

This talk explores the idea of traditional Japanese painting (Nihonga) through the theme of the exhibition “Contemporary Botanical Art from Japan: Kusabana-zu”, serving as a forum for participating artists to explore the dichotomy and interrelationship between the traditional and the contemporary in Nihonga and how this impacts on their own individual art. It also aims to introduce a London audience to traditional Japanese painting media and materials used in Nihonga. In particular, it presents leading academic research into the conservation and restoration of Japanese handmade paper or washi, one of the key materials used in Nihonga painting.

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6 October 2016

Art and Deep Time: Contemporary Art in Japan after 2011

The nuclear disaster in Fukushima acted as a game changer, provoking powerful responses within the cultural sector. Artists, writers and filmmakers continue to address nuclear energy issues and to intensify the politicization of art. These interventions generate important questions about deep time and the nuclear Anthropocene, not just in Japan, but globally. This illustrated presentation and panel discussion of artists’ works highlights the impact of contemporary Japanese art since 2011, in relation to international discourse on deep time and the nuclear Anthropocene.

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5 October 2016

Japan-UK Collaboration in the Asia-Pacific Region: The Defence Capacity Building Assistance Programme

This January, Japan and United Kingdom Defence Ministers agreed to collaborate to support capacity building assistance in Southeast Asia. The Capacity Building Assistance Programme is the newest pillar of collaboration between our two countries. Director Mitsuko Hayashi and Captain Charles Ashcroft will provide an overview of the Programme and explore current activities and collaboration with partner countries.

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27 September 2016

Social Inequality in Post-Growth Japan

In recent decades Japan has changed from a strongly growing, economically successful country regarded as prime example of social equality and inclusion to a country with a stagnating economy, a shrinking population and a very high proportion of elderly people. In this book launch, David Chiavacci, Takehiro Kariya and Peter Matanle will provide a comprehensive overview of inequality in contemporary Japan.

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26 September 2016

Artist Talk: Blue Passages by Shino Yanai

Blue Passages documents Shino Yanai’s recent performance featuring video, photography, and salvaged objects. She followed the perilous mountain route between France and Spain that was made by the German Jewish philosopher Walter Benjamin in his doomed attempt to escape the Nazis in 1940.

The artist will be joined by Dr Jonathan Whitehall to discuss ideas of migration, ethics and personal and public history in relation to her new exhibition, Blue Passages.

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22 September 2016

Private View and Artist Talk: HIKARI by Aki Kondo

On 11 March 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the north-east coast of Japan. To those who experienced the earthquake, the world has irrevocably changed after the catastrophe. The exhibition title HIKARI, meaning “light,” represents the hope we need in order to live on after the disaster, and suggests that the victims are still with us in this world in the form of light. For this opening of the exhibition, Aki Kondo will be joined in conversation by Jenny White, Head of Visual Arts Programme at the British Council.

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13 September 2016

Enjoying Japanese Tea

Both the British and the Japanese love of tea is a ritualised part of daily life. Green tea is synonymous with Japan; however has been steadily growing in popularity right across Europe. In this event, we would like to introduce you to the world of Japanese tea and offer you the chance to try many different types of tea and matcha sweets!

This event is supported by UCC.

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7 September 2016

High School and University Articulation Reforms: Revolutionising Education in Japan

In March 2016, Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) published further education reforms. The purpose of these reforms, the most revolutionary and comprehensive since the Second World War, is to restructure Japan’s education system, equipping students with 21st century competencies such as independent thought, creativity and initiative. Professor Takashi Otani will examine the reaction to and impact of these reforms, and consider the issues Japanese education will face in the future.

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27 July 2016

Artist Talk: The Future of Public Art

In today’s ever-changing world, how exactly has our view of publicness, commons and common spaces evolved?

Artist Kenji Yamada and curator Jason Waite are interested in exploring the intricate details of spaces closed off from society and historical places that have evolved from cultural forces. In this talk, they will discuss possible approaches to publicness as well as potential futures in our socio-cultural world.

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