SYMPOSIUM: Classical Arts x Digital Technologies

Currently on display in the Citi exhibition Manga at the British Museum, ‘Yōkai Hikimaku’ is a kabuki theatre curtain painted by the famous artist KAWANABE Kyōsai (1831-1889), featuring various Japanese demons called yōkai. The Theatre Museum at Waseda University has recently digitized this piece in high-definition and converted the still images of the demons into vivid animation, in collaboration with Toppan Printing. This symposium explores various examples from Japan and the UK, including the yōkai theatre curtain, demonstrating how classical works can be revitalized with the assistance of digital technology. Curators from the British Museum reveal some secrets of the yōkai theatre curtain and its relationship with the museum’s Citi exhibition Manga.

Date: 29 June 2019
Venue: Japan House London, 101-111 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA

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