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Artist talk by SHIMURAbros
ENDO Shuhei | Architect for a New Era new
Eastern Exchanges: East Asian Craft and Design
Edinburgh International Film Festival

Artist talk by SHIMURAbros   org

SHIMURAbros are the sister and brother artist duo of Yuka and Kentaro Shimura, currently researchers at Studio Olafur Eliasson and exemplifying a new breed of Japanese contemporary artists. Working and exhibiting internationally, SHIMURAbros are known for incorporating elements of sculpture, installation and avant-garde filmmaking in their work. Film is the catalyst to all their creations and the artists employ different techniques to each work. As an exploration of the history of moving images approached from a fundamentally different perspective extending film beyond its two-dimensional limit - their installations are an intricate and playful re-working of film and cinematic language.

Programmed in partnership with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, home to the British ArtistsFilm & Video Study Collection which holds a large amount of material for academic research in artists' moving image, this talk will highlight SHIMURAbros’ film and moving image installations, with a focus on the artistic content, formalistic qualities and contexts at play in working within the canon. The talk will be followed by discussion with Keith Whittle, researcher and Japan Foundation Fellow, exploring the role technology, cinematic history and popular culture has on the aesthetic and conceptual approach the artists' have to their work, in terms of research and exhibition.

SHIMURAbros have exhibited widely including at Art Basel Hong Kong; 798 Art Factory; The National Art Centre, Tokyo; NUS Museum Singapore; MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei); PICA(the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts Museum), Australia; Museums Quartier, Vienna. "SEKILALA" received the Excellence Prize (Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Prize) at the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival.

Date: 5 June 2015 from 6.30pm

LVMH Lecture Theatre (E003), Central Saint Martins
Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King's Cross, London N1C 4AA


The event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please send an email to

Image: SHIMURAbros, X-RAY TRAIN, 2007-2009, Installation, Image (black and white / X-Ray CT), Special liquid crystal film, Iron, Wire, PC, Control board, Projector, Railroad tie, Dimension variable. Courtesy of the artist and Tokyo Gallery+BTAP

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ENDO Shuhei | Architect for a New Era   org

Influenced by and interacting with landscapes, many modern Japanese architectural structures are characterised by an acute awareness of flows. Renowned Japanese architect Endo Shuhei is one such professional championing this concept. Endo treats materials as a fluid gesture to create distinctive, innovative, and appealing arrangements with a continuous interaction between form, material, and design. It is this creative interplay that has won him prestigious awards such as the ‘Surfaces’ title at the International Architecture Exhibition at the 2004 Venice Biennale, and has seen him publish numerous books including 2012’s 5-1 Design Peak: Shuhei Endo. Despite the playful qualities that his buildings invoke, Endo’s work reflects deeper levels of meaning and addresses ideas of sustainability and cost-effectiveness.

On the occasion of his first solo exhibition in the UK as part of London Festival of Architecture, as well as the 25th anniversary of the establishment of his studio, the Endo Shuhei Architect Institute, Endo will give a special talk hosted by the Japan Foundation to contextualise his work within the contemporary architectural scene. Together with Frédéric Migayrou, Chair and Bartlett Professor of Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and Deputy Director of the National Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Endo will also discuss his design concept and reflect on the interrogative relationship concerning ideas of modernism, while questioning the potential balance between architecture and the environment.

Date: 25 June 2015 from 6.30pm

The Building Centre
26 Store Street, Londno WC1E 7BT 


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

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Eastern Exchanges: East Asian Craft and Design   JPsupported

This exhibition will trace the history and future of East Asian craft and design and its global influence in this exhibition inspired by objects from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection. The show features over 1,500 years of the rich craft heritage of Japan, China and Korea: ceramics, metalwork, furniture, lacquer, textiles and sculpture, with exhibits ranging from magnificent court treasures, to masterpieces by contemporary makers.

There will be opportunities to see historic works from Manchester’s collection which have not been exhibited for over 30 years, including an exquisite early nineteenth century Japanese lacquer norimono (travelling carriage) and hand-chiselled Japanese tsuba (sword guards), which are being conserved especially for this show. Contemporary work includes Fumio Enomoto’s ‘Weave Stool’, commissioned specially from the award-winning designer, plus elegant ceramics by Yasuko Sakurai.

Date: 2 April 2015 - 31 May 2015

Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester

For more information, please click here.

Image: Yasuko Sakurai, Orb 2012

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Edinburgh International Film Festival   JPsupported

This year's lineup for the Japan Foundation-supported Edinburgh International Film Festival includes a number of UK premieres of contemporary Japanese films, including Masaharu Take's 100 Yen Love starring Sakura Ando, Nobuhiro Yamashita's latest film La La La at Rock Bottom, Yuya Ishii's Our Family (pictured) and more.

Date: 17 June 2015 - 28 June 2015

Various venues in Edinburgh

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