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Botech Compositions: New Work by Macoto Murayama

Botech Compositions: New Work by Macoto Murayama

For 2014 Liverpool Biennial, Metal will be exhibiting the work of Macoto Murayama. Based in Tokyo, Murayama spent six months of 2013 living and working at Metal’s space in Southend on Sea, dissecting, recording and rendering in digital form UK indigenous flowers. The resulting works are presented at Metal’s Liverpool base, Edge Hill Station as […]

Special Free Film Screening: The Lovers’ Exile

Special Free Film Screening: The Lovers’ Exile

The classical tradition of Bunraku puppet theatre has rarely been committed to screen prior, or indeed since Canadian director Marty Gross’s seminal film of 1980, which remains to this date the only filmed adaptation of a Bunraku performance. Both a documentary on the art form and a rendering of the famous Bunraku play, Gross’s film […]

Artist talk: Seiichi Hayashi in conversation with Ryan Holmberg

Artist talk: Seiichi Hayashi in conversation with Ryan Holmberg

Seiichi Hayashi is an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist. After beginning his career as an animator at Toei Studios in 1962, Hayashi became a leading figure in the vibrant avant-garde cultural scene of late 1960s and early 1970s Tokyo. As a regular contributor to the legendary alternative manga magazine Garo, Hayashi became renowned for pioneering new territory […]

Seminar: Takarazuka – A Hundred Years of Song and Dance

Seminar: Takarazuka – A Hundred Years of Song and Dance

The Takarazuka Revue Company, one of the largest theatre groups in Japan, features an all-female cast that specialises in either a “male role” or a “female role” in the musicals, stage dramas and dance revues. Showcasing a wide range of genres, it has attracted a mass audience of mostly female followers, resulting in tickets sales […]

Seminar: One Place After Another – What can periodical international contemporary art projects actually share?

Seminar: One Place After Another –  What can periodical international contemporary art projects actually share?

The last 15 years has seen a proliferation of large-scale international recurrent exhibitions of contemporary art across the globe. Looking at UK only, 2014 sees the presentation of the Liverpool Biennial, third Folkestone Triennial, and in Japan the fifth Yokohama Triennial and inaugural Sapporo International Art Festival. The latest edition to the growing number of […]

Book Launch and Talk: Making Tea, Making Japan. Kristin Surak in conversation with Christine Guth and Fabio Gygi

Book Launch and Talk: Making Tea, Making Japan. Kristin Surak in conversation with Christine Guth and Fabio Gygi

Why did an activity as mundane as tea preparation and drinking become one of the most potent symbols of Japan? How does the tea ceremony create an experience of Japaneseness – not just for foreigners, but for Japanese as well? Drawing on her new book Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice, Dr Kristin […]

Playwright Talk: Kuro Tanino in conversation

Playwright Talk: Kuro Tanino in conversation

Kuro Tanino is a multi-talented Japanese theatre director and playwright famed for his innovative works built around imaginings and obsessions, staged in spaces elaborately designed to the finest detail. A former psychiatric practitioner, Tanino founded the small-scale contemporary theatre company, Niwa Gekidan Penino (Garden Theatre Company Penino), creating a signature hyper-visual style with his intricate […]

Create your own… Kaburimono Workshop with artist Norio Nishihara

Create your own… Kaburimono  Workshop with artist Norio Nishihara

Norio Nishihara is a Japanese artist, renowned for making creative and outlandish headgear known as ‘Kaburimono’. Working as a props costume artist for television programmes and major events, Nishihara’s abstract creations of masks and hats inspired from almost anything, have also been exhibited in museums in Japan. In these special workshops at the Japan Foundation, […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club