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Special Film Screening: Ninja Shadow Warriors
Bigakko: Anti-Academy - Talk by Alice Maude-Roxby
Artist Talk by Riusuke Fukahori new
Rie Nakajima: Fall
Yoshitomo Nara: Greetings from a Place in My Heart
Shinro Ohtake
It’s a Wrap: Japanese furoshiki past and present
The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate collection

Special Film Screening: Ninja Shadow Warriors   org

Ninja Shadow Warriors is a drama documentary unearthing the true history, unique military skills and ancient traditions behind the infamous Ninja, a small band of rebellious mountain villagers, who were a constant thorn in the side of the Samurai warrior clans.

The film tells the intriguing story of Ninja boy Tanba who was trained by his grandfather to become one of the most feared warriors in ancient Japan.

Featured experts include British and Japanese historians as well as Master Jinichi Kawakami, one of the last (if not only) surviving Ninja masters, who demonstrates the unrivalled tricks the Ninja used to fool their enemies.

After the screening, the film’s Executive Producer Sebastian Peiter will be present for a Q&A with the audience.

Directed by John Wate, 2012, 52min, Japanese and English, supported by the Japan Foundation


Date: 21 November 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk.

Images © Urban Canyons Ltd.

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Bigakko: Anti-Academy - Talk by Alice Maude-Roxby   org

The alternative art school Bigakko was established in 1969 in the Jimbocho district of Tokyo by the publishers Gendaishicho-sha. Involving some of the most radical artists of the time and developed in opposition to the mainstream academy system, students at Bigakko experienced unorthodox teaching and workshops by Genpei Akasegawa, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Hiroshi Nakamura and Mokuma Kikuhata, and the programme involved diverse approaches, ranging from vociferous political conferences to quiet meditation.

In this talk, Alice Maude-Roxby, Head of Photography at Falmouth University, will provide an overview of the activities of Bigakko students and artists, and its impact and influence upon the contemporary visual art world. Reflecting on the recent exhibition Anti-Academy at the John Hansard Gallery for which Maude-Roxby was the curator, she will analyse the activities of Bigakko within the context of the comparative unorthodox art education models in Iowa, USA and Copenhagen, Denmark while raising questions in consideration of contemporary development of fine art education in UK.


Date: 5 December 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


Booking: 

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please email your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk

Image: Students in the class of Nakanishi Natsuyuki, Bigakko, Tokyo, 1970. Photograph by Morinago Jun.

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Artist Talk by Riusuke Fukahori   org

Riusuke Fukahori is a talented Japanese artist who is renowned for developing a unique technique whereby layers of resin are successively poured and painted on to produce hyper realistic representations of goldfish swimming in water. His meticulous work recently burst into popular culture after a video of his process went viral, racking up almost three and a half million views on YouTube. As a result he received critical acclaim and has exhibited worldwide.

In this talk Fukahori, who sits in the distinct position of applying scrupulous techniques to portray the intentions of an aesthetically conscious artist, will introduce his complex production methods and explain the motivation behind the use of goldfish as a recurrent motif in his work. Considering his aims as an artist, Fukahori will also talk about how he has developed skills needed for his impeccably crafted and extremely lifelike work over the years, and has continued to try and capture the ephemeral beauty of the goldfish.

After his talk, Fukahori will do a live painting demonstration of his intricate practice. 


Date: 9 December 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please e-mail your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk

The exhibition Goldfish Salvation 2 by Riusuke Fukahori will be held from 11 – 21 December 2014 at 93-95 Sclater Street, London E1 6HR, organised by ICN.

For more information, please visit: www.icn-global.com

Image: "Kingyo-sake Asumaru" size 85×85×H55mm, Sake cup, High quality epoxy resin, Acrylic, 2014.

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Rie Nakajima: Fall   JPsupported

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.


Date: 7 November 2014 - 6 December 2014
Venue:

noshowspace, London


For more information, please click here.

Image: Rie Nakajima, Automatic Drawing 07, 2014

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Yoshitomo Nara: Greetings from a Place in My Heart   JPsupported

Dairy Art Centre, London, will present a major solo exhibition by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara. The exhibition will be the largest and most comprehensive in the UK to date, and will feature seminal pieces by the artist, many of which have never been shown before in the UK. Comprising a large body of recent and previously unreleased works, the exhibition will include painting, sculpture and a unique retrospective of Nara’s drawings spanning 30 years.


Date: 3 October 2014 - 7 December 2014
Venue:

Dairy Art Centre, London


For more information, please click here.
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Shinro Ohtake   JPsupported

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art will present a solo exhibition devoted to the work of Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake. The exhibition is Ohtake’s first major show in a public London institution and provides an important exposure of Ohtake’s early, recent and new works. It focuses particularly on his ‘Retina’ and ‘Time Memory’ series, but also includes works from the ‘Frost’ and ‘Cell’ series. Several of Ohtake’s films, another integral part of his practice, will also be screened during the exhibition.


Date: 12 October 2014 - 12 December 2014
Venue:

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London


For more information, please click here.

Image: Shinro Ohtake, 'Time Memory 28' (detail), 2014. 220.5 x 300.5 x 10.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

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It’s a Wrap: Japanese furoshiki past and present   JPsupported

The Rugby Art Gallery and Museum presents a new large scale exhibition focusing on furoshiki, a square shaped piece of cloth used for wrapping and carry different types of merchandise or gifts. Featuring loans of textiles from museum collections in the UK and pieces not seen in the UK before from collections in Japan, the exhibition explores the cultural significance and origins of furoshiki, as well as its application today as an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags and expensive gift wrapping.


Date: 20 September 2014 - 10 January 2015
Venue:

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum


For more information, please click here.

Image credit: Cotton material, indigo dyed Shindigo shibori, 900 x 900. 2007. Commissioned by Brighton Museum & Art Gallery from HIROYUKI Shindo © Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

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The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate collection   JPsupported

The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate Collection is an exhibition surveying key developments in international photography from the 1920s to the 1960s. The exhibition - the largest display of photographic works ever to be exhibited at the gallery - will uncover the sense of curiosity and experimentation as artists harnessed the medium in new ways. In addition to including artists from across Europe and the Americas, the exhibition will also feature work by pioneering Japanese artists Shoji Hamada, Kiyohiko Komura, Shikanosuke Yagaki and Iwao Yamawaki.


Date: 14 October 2014 - 10 May 2015
Venue:

Tate St Ives


For more information, please click here.

Image: Shikanosuke Yagaki, Still Life 1930 or 1939
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