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Symposium Jointly Organized by Mori Art Museum and Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific
"Trauma and Utopia: Interactions in Post-war and Contemporary Art in Asia" Day 2

Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

The Mori Art Museum and the Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific of London, established in 2012, jointly present a symposium on “Trauma and Utopia." The symposium explores mutual interactions and trans-national impacts in art in Asia from the immediate post-war years through the present. The diverse pace of political and social developments in different nations resulted the varied stages of development in the recovery from the war, democratization, modernization and urbanization across Asia, and “trauma” and “utopia” stand as keywords both for looking at the past and for considering a better future. In the meantime, the theory and practice of art have taken on global dimensions, giving rise to an intellectual task to challenge the Euro-American, twentieth-century canons and to examine artistic interchanges and influences within Asia.
In this symposium, academics and curators from around the globe will gather to discuss a wide range of topics, from artistic engagements in political and social development and the urban landscape around Asia, to the notions of utopia and dystopia in the recovery from post-war period to the present in the field of performance art, and the individual artists' practice that reflect the ideas of trauma and utopia amongst other pertinent topics.

Date & Time
10:00-17:30, October 10 [Fri], 2014
Mori Art Museum, Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific
Day 1: October 9 [Thu], 2014
9:00Doors Open
9:30Opening Remarks: Nanjo Fumio (Director, Mori Art Museum)
9:45Introduction of the Program: Nigel Llewellyn (Head of Research, Tate)
Session 1: Towards Utopia
10:00-10:05Introduction of session 1: Kataoka Mami (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum)
10:05-10:50Keynote speech: Yatsuka Hajime (Architect, Critic)
10:55-11:15Presentation 1:
"Democracy in Urban Space:
Flying City's Cheonggyecheon Project (2003-2009), Seoul"
Sohl Lee (Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University)
11:20-11:40Presentation 2:
"Participation and Place-Making in ruangrupa and Keg de Souza's Vertical Villages"
Francis Maravillas
(Associate Researcher at the Transforming Cultures Research Centre
at the University of Technology, Sydney)
11:45-12:05Presentation 3:
"A Troubled Landscape:
Political Subjectivity in Late 1960s and early 1970s Japanese Photography"
Nina Horisaki-Christens
(Ph.D in Art History and Archaeology at University of Columbia)
12:10-13:00Discussions and Q&A
Moderator: Watanabe Toshio (Board Member, Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific)
Session 2: Performing Politics
14:10-14:15Introduction of session 2: Nigel Llewellyn
14:20-14:40Presentation 1:
"Embodying Postwar Trauma:
Examining the fragmented body in the performance of
Tatsumi Hijikata, Gunger Brus and Rudolf Schwarzkogler"
Lucy Weir (Associate Tutor, University of Glasgow)
14:45-15:05Presentation 2:
"Bride Stripped Bare
Yoko Ono's Cut Piece, Trauma and the Politics of Performance (1964/2003/2012)"
Rakhee Balaram
(Assistant Professor, University at Albany, The State University of New York)
15:10-15:30Presentation 3:
"Challenging the frames of performance:
Memory, Trauma and Activism in the multimedia
and interdisciplinary performance practices of Dumb Type in 1990s Japan"
Stephen Barber (Professor, Visual Culture of Kingston University, London,
Research Fellow, the International Research Center
"Interweaving of Performance Cultures", the Freie Universität Berlin)
Fran Lloyd (Professor, Art History, Director, the Visual &
Material Culture Research Centre in the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture
at Kingston University)
15:45-16:05Presentation 4:
"Scanning and Flashing Memory:
Haunting images and sensibility in the work of Takatani Shiro from 90s
to Present"
Ishitani Haruhiro
(Post-graduate Research, the Konan Institute of Human and Sciences)
16:10-17:00Discussions and Q&A
Moderator: Sook-Kyung Lee (Research Curator, Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific)
Day 2: October 10 [Fri], 2014
Session 3: Post-traumatic Landscape
9:30Doors Open
10:00-10:05Introduction of session 3: Kataoka Mami
10:05-10:50Keynote speech:
Hatakeyama Naoya (Photographer) in conversation with
Majella Munro (Postdoctoral Researcher, Tate Research: Centre: Asia-Pacific)
10:55-11:15Presentation 1: "Re-Ruined Utopia: Arata Isozaki's 'Electric Labyrinth'(1968)"
Nakamori Yasufumi (Associate Curator, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)
11:20-11:40Presentation 2:
"Atomic Bomb for Sightseeing:
Kimura Ihei's photographs in a Travel Guide to Hiroshima"
Kajiya Kenji
(Associate Professor, Contemporary Art History at Archival Research Center
at Kyoto City University of Arts)
11:45-12:05Presentation 3:
"Redza Piyadasa's The Great Malaysian Landscape
and the Problem of National Representation in 1970s Malaysia"
Chanon (kenji) Praepipatmongkol (Ph.D. in the History of Art, University of Michigan)
12:10-13:00Discussions and Q&A
Moderator: Hayashi Michio (Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University)
14:00-14:40Art Work Screening curated by Kataoka Mami and Sook-Kyung Lee
Session 4: Transforming the Present
14:45-14:50Introduction of session 4: Sook-Kyung Lee
14:55-15:15Presentation1: "The Global Space of Violence in Contemporary Chinese Video Art"
Peggy Wang (Assistant Professor, Art history and Asian studies at Bowdoin College)
15:20-15:40Presentation 2:
"For Post Fukushima Humanity:
Matsuzawa Yutaka's Critique of Material Civilization"
Tomii Reiko (Independent Art Historian, Co-founder of PoNJA-GenKon)
15:50-16:15Presentation 3:
"Do-Ho Suh's Phantom House and Traumatic Nostalgia"
Woo Jung-Ah
(Assistant Professor, the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, Postech)
16:20-16:40Presentation 4:
"Whose Utopia, Factory-scape and the Ecology of the Chinese Dream"
Monica Merlin (Researcher, Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific)
16:45-17:30Discussions and Q&A Moderator: Kataoka Mami
* This Symposium has been supported by Mori Art Museum Best Friends.
* Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific has been generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support provided by Vicky Hughes and John Smith.
Booking Period
2014.10.10 [Fri] - 10.10 [Fri]
Halls A2-A4, 5F, Toranomon Hills Forum
300 (booking required)
1,000 yen per day (2,000 yen for both days), MAMC Member Free
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