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Workshop: Rethinking ‘Japanese’ Pop Culture: A Topic for Academic Study?

Workshop: Rethinking ‘Japanese’ Pop Culture: A Topic for Academic Study?

We are delighted to announce that leading Japanese media and cultural studies scholar Professor Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash University), will be visiting Newcastle University in April to lead this special Japanese Studies workshop. Recent years have seen an explosion of English language scholarship on the subject of Japanese pop culture such as manga, anime and video […]

Artist talk by Chu Enoki: “Scrap Heap Hero”

Artist talk by Chu Enoki: “Scrap Heap Hero”

Chu Enoki is a seminal figure in Japanese contemporary art renowned for his varied artistic practice, ranging from avant-garde public performances through to controversial and compelling sculptural works. Enoki’s first notable works were events he staged, including his 1977 pioneering performance and long-term project Going to Hungary with HANGARI, a piece reacting to the societal […]

Rie Nakajima: Fall

Rie Nakajima: Fall

noshowspace in London will present a solo exhibition by Rie Nakajima titled Fall. Nakajima works with found objects and electrical devices, arranging them in response to a space. In a process of listening, adjusting and composing, Nakajima places objects on the walls and floor, with object and sound filling the space in a sculptural act. […]

Public Seminar: WORLD LITERATURE, Japanese perspectives

Public Seminar: WORLD LITERATURE, Japanese perspectives

In recent years, there has been a growing trend to read literary texts as “world literature.” Some Japanese writers and critics welcome this trend as an opportunity to gain a larger readership beyond national and linguistic borders, yet others are wary of it. In this public seminar, Dr Shion Kono (Sophia University) will situate these […]

Artist talk: Yoshitomo Nara

Artist talk: Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara is one of the most influential and internationally renowned contemporary artists from Japan, best known for his paintings of cartoon-like wide-eyed children and animals. The characters in Nara’s works often sport fiendish expressions and provocative stances; appearing ‘cute’ at first, but also convey underlying tones of adult anxiety, isolation and rebellion. Adored by […]

Talk – Gekiga: The Evolution of Alternative Manga

Talk – Gekiga: The Evolution of Alternative Manga

The gritty genre of “Gekiga” was named by Yoshihiro Tatsumi in 1957. Based on “Komaga”, previously proposed by Masahiko Matsumoto, it aimed to differentiate itself from mainstream Manga and depict realism in daily life while pursuing a more systematic induction of the reader’s gaze. The development of this visual expression by Tatsumi resulted not only […]

Japan Foundation/JGap Japanese Language Teachers’ Seminar: Self-Expressing Activities and Elementary Japanese Language Education

Japan Foundation/JGap Japanese Language Teachers’ Seminar: Self-Expressing Activities and Elementary Japanese Language Education

What does it mean to be able to function in Japanese? Up to now, language educators have been focusing on functional language activities such as asking for things or inviting someone to do something. But in addition to this kind of communication for practical purposes, there is also communication for social purposes. It is through […]

LDF Digital Design Weekend: Magnetic Field Record, Kouichi Okamoto

LDF Digital Design Weekend: Magnetic Field Record, Kouichi Okamoto

The LDF Digital Design Weekend is a weekend of events celebrating collaborations in digital art, design and science, coinciding with the London Design Festival at the V&A. As part of this year’s programme, ICN Gallery and the Japan Foundation will present Magnetic Field Record by designer Kouichi Okamoto, a suspended device recording and visualising the […]

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