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Into the River: Artist talk by O JUN
Artist talk by Katsumi Komagata
Self-made Photobooks as an Object - Talk by Yumi Goto new
Artist talk by Sputniko!
Photobook Bristol
5th East London Comics & Arts Festival
Koki Tanaka: Provisional Studies: Action #5 Conceiving the Past, Perceiving the Present
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016
LIFT ‘16: Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker

Into the River: Artist talk by O JUN   org

O JUN is considered to be both a leading and subversive voice in contemporary Japanese art and has had several major solo shows, including: MANMANCHAN AN, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (2016); DaDa-co, Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo, and Sannojyo’s Dream at Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo. His work features a wide repertoire of characters, everyday objects, clothing and nostalgic motifs of Japan, such as crests, flags, pine trees and distant mountains. Detail and narrative, while clearly evident through his bold graphic and visual fluency, are somewhat undermined, destabilised, enriched, and bothered. Wistful, poignant, poised but also confusing us with a contemporary brashness, O JUN’s work appears to view Japanese culture (and humanity in general) deeply and gently from the inside, and with amused sympathy from the outside. 

As a prelude to his first exhibition in in the UK, 14 days 119 years later at Danielle Arnaud Gallery in London, O JUN will share his thoughts on the evolution of his work and how this has been influenced by his time living and working in Japan and abroad. He will also discuss his recent project made ‘in dialogue’ with the Meiji era (1868-1912) woodblock artist Toyohara Chikanobu for the upcoming exhibition. After his presentation, O JUN will be joined by Tamiko O’Brien, curator of 14 days 119 years later, and Reece Jones, artist, curator and lecturer on the BA and MA Fine Art courses at City & Guilds of London Art School for further discussion.


Date: 7 June 2016 from 6.30pm
Venue:

ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) Studio
The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

For details of how to reach the venue, please visit: www.ica.org.uk/visit


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please click here

The exhibition, O JUN Chikanobu Ishida 14 days, 119 years later: will be held at Danielle Arnaud Gallery from 11 June to 11 July 2016. For information about the exhibition and accompanying events please visit: http://www.daniellearnaud.com/exhibitions/exhibition-ojun-chikanobu-ishida.html

Image: O JUN, Dear Sir, I would like to explain it briefly.   2006   pigment, pencil, Japanese pigment on paper   119 x 171 cm   courtesy the artist and Mizuma Art Gallery

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Artist talk by Katsumi Komagata   org

Japanese graphic designer and award-winning artist Katsumi Komagata creates games, cards, and books for children. His distinctive and imaginative style uses strong geometric forms and colours that come together as visual objects and can be combined in numerous ways through movement, contrast, proportion, and touch to reinvent the traditional book format. Komagata's imaginative style means he has worked on publications for organisations such as The Museum of Modern Art (New York), and has also won numerous awards, including an International Children's Book Award (Bologna Ragazzi), and two Good Design Awards (Japan).

In conjunction with the East London Comics & Arts Festival, a festival designed to showcase exciting works in comics and illustration at which Komagata has been selected to appear, this special talk will explore his innovative and illustrious career to date. While discussing the development of his craftsmanship, he will also consider the influence that designing for children has on his work, and how he incorporates elements that encourage play and learning development into his books.


Date: 8 June 2016 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Foyles Bookshop, Level 6
107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please click here

This event is organised in association with the East London Comics & Arts Festival. Katsumi Komagata will be appearing at this year’s festival, which takes place 10 - 12 June 2016, and will be participating in the workshop One Makes Two on 11 June 2016. For more information, please visit: www.elcaf.co.uk

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Self-made Photobooks as an Object - Talk by Yumi Goto   org

Photobooks could be considered a uniquely curated body of work in a portable and easily distributable format. Japanese photobooks in particular are highly collectible, and some Japanese photographers consider creating photobooks more important than displaying their work in exhibitions. In recent years, self and independently published photobooks have become highly sought after pieces of art as they are able to capture and convey stories in a single object in a way that traditional online and print media is not able to. But what is the potential of this practice, and how have these limited runs of idiosyncratic photo projects gained significance in the contemporary art scene?

Yumi Goto, an independent photography curator, researcher and editor, is an advocate for this latest trend in photography and as such has been facilitating the unique construction process of tactile, tangible photobooks in her outreach activities. In this talk, Goto will discuss the characteristics and potential of self-published photobooks, the outcomes of the practice, and how these books are more substantial than just a physical object while introducing a few contemporary photographers currently using this format.


Date: 14 June 2016 from 7.00pm
Venue:

The Swedenborg Society
20-21 Bloomsbury Way (Entrance on Barter St), London WC1A 2TH
Nearest tube station: Holborn


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please click here

This event is organised in association with Photobook Bristol. Yumi Goto will be appearing at Photobook Bristol, which will be taking place 10-12 June 2016. For more information, please visit: photobookbristol.com

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Artist talk by Sputniko!   org

Sputniko! is a British/Japanese artist and designer who creates machines, robotics, music and video exploring issues surrounding technology and pop culture. A graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, Sputniko!’s graduation piece Menstruation Machine—Takashi’s Take (2010), a device simulating bleeding and pain to mimic that of menstruation in order to allow men to understand the experience, was the first of her projects which caused ripples in the contemporary art scene and was just months later exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Since then, Sputniko! has continued to produce playful and cross-boundary work examining technology of everyday life, critically speculating alternative futures for humanity and the world.

A fearless artist able to go beyond ordinary thinking and now teaching at the MIT Media Lab in Massachusetts, United States, Sputniko! will introduce her varied artistic practice and themes for her adventurous projects. With a background in mathematics and computer science, she will also suggest how this unusual artistic upbringing influenced her work, and why she uses the field of critical design to deliver and communicate her dynamic ideas.

Considered a pop personality in Japan also named one of Vogue Japan's Women of the Year in 2013, Sputniko! is without doubt one of the biggest rising stars in contemporary art who is continuing to change the course of female artists in Japan.

Following her presentation, Sputniko! will be joined in conversation by Matt Williams, Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London.


Date: 31 May 2016 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Impact Hub King's Cross, 34B York Way, London N1 9AB
Nearest tube station: King's Cross St. Pancras


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please visit: sputniko.eventbrite.co.uk

 

This event is organised in association with V&A.

Sputniko! will be taking part in the one-day conference Collecting Future Japan, to be held at V&A on Friday, 27 May 2016. For more information, please click here.

Image credit: Sputniko!, Menstruation Machine - Takashi's Take, 2010. Photography: Rai Royal, courtesy of the artist and SCAI THE BATHHOUSE

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Photobook Bristol   JPsupported

Photobook Bristol is a three-day event celebrating the photobook comprising panel discussions, talks, Q&As and workshops featuring a prestigious international line-up of participants. As part of this year’s festival supported by the Japan Foundation, Yumi Goto, an independent art and documentary photography curator, has been invited to discuss her career as curator and founder of REMINDERS PROJECT, Tokyo in the event Reminders Photography Stronghold: The Handmade, the Personal, the Political taking place on 11 June 2016.


Date: 10 June 2016 - 12 June 2016
Venue:

SouthBank Club, Bristol
Dean Lane, Bristol, BS3 1DB


For more information, please click here.
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5th East London Comics & Arts Festival   JPsupported

The East London Comic & Arts Festival (ELCAF) is a festival showcasing some of the most exciting works in comics and illustration, introducing emerging talents and celebrating artists and collectives pushing the boundaries of their creative fields. This year the festival will welcome Japanese graphic designer and award-winning artist Katsumi Komagata as its guest. Komagata, in addition to speaking at the Japan Foundation event on 8 June 2016, will be participating in the workshop One Makes Two on 11 June 2016.


Date: 10 June 2016 - 12 June 2016
Venue:

Various, please visit www.elcaf.co.uk for more information


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Koki Tanaka: Provisional Studies: Action #5 Conceiving the Past, Perceiving the Present   JPsupported

The Japan Foundation is pleased to support a major new commission by Japanese artist Koki Tanaka held at The Showroom, London, which will be his first solo exhibition in the UK. Tanaka’s project departs from his interest in the local histories of The Showroom’s neighbourhood in Church Street, London. Through a series of communal actions and proposals in the lead up to and during the exhibition, involving a range of contributors, Tanaka suggests a composite approach towards how to read the present through the past, and about how these can be starting points for new social possibilities.


Date: 29 April 2016 - 18 June 2016
Venue:

The Showroom, London
63 Penfold St, London NW8 8PQ


For more information, please click here.

Image: A Pottery Produced by 5 potters at Once (Silent Attempt). 2013. Studio of Wang Feng and Han Qing, Beijing

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Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016   JPsupported

This year’s Japan Foundation-supported Edinburgh Film Festival will feature an exciting selection of Japanese films. In addition to new releases such as Satoko Yokohama’s The Actor and Eiji Uchida’s Lowlife Love, the festival will also be showing two classic Japanese films based on manga as part of the “POW!!! Live Action Comic Strip Adaptations” strand, Golgo 13 directed by Junya Sato (pictured), and Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance directed by Kenji Misumi.

For the full lineup, please visit: www.edfilmfest.org.uk


Date: 15 June 2016 - 26 June 2016
Venue:

Various, please see www.edfilmfest.org.uk for more information.


Image: Golgo 13, dir. Junya Sato, 1973

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LIFT ‘16: Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker   JPsupported

This year’s London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), a biennale festival pioneering new forms of theatre and presenting spectacular performances, will present Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker, a performance orchestrated by Tokyo-based artist and pop-idol Toco Nikaido. Featuring choreographed medley of dance, music, bellowed slogans and video clips, and paying homage to otagei (ritualised dancing and chanting by groups of fans), the performance captures Japan's unique subculture in all its multi-coloured, cacophonous, frenetic glory.


Date: 1 June 2016 - 2 July 2016
Venue:

Various, please see www.liftfestival.com for more information.


For more information, please click here.

Performances of Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker will be held at Barbican – The Pit between 22 June and 2 July 2016 (6:30pm and 9:30pm). For more details, please click here.

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