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The Expression of Youth: Japanese Street Fashion in Post-War Culture new
Artist Talk: Aida Makoto new
Ryoji Ikeda at the Atlantic Project

The Expression of Youth: Japanese Street Fashion in Post-War Culture   org

Thanks to its uniqueness, Japanese street fashion has made a name for itself in the couture world and has enjoyed global attention. Subcultures such as Cosplay, Lolita, and Gothic Lolita have been capturing imagination of people not only in Japan, but across America, Europe and the rest of Asia since the end of the 20th century and into the 21st century. Under what conditions, however, was such a unique fashion born and nurtured in Japan? How has fashion reflected the demands of the consumers, especially the young, trend setting generation?

In this special talk, Hiroshi Narumi, Professor of Kyoto University of Arts and Design, and the author of numerous books on contemporary fashion including Feel and Think: A New Era of Tokyo Fashion, will trace the fashion that emerged on the streets of Tokyo from 1945 up to the present day and examine how the desires of young people to express themselves have evolved over time. He will also discuss the role these trend setters have played in the creation of a unique and sometimes rather idiosyncratic mode, questioning what the heart of Japanese Post-War culture was. 

Date: 7 November 2018 from 6.45pm

Royal Society of Arts, Durham House Street, London, WC2N 6HG

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

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Artist Talk: Aida Makoto   org

Aida Makoto is a Japanese contemporary artist known for his provocative work. From mountains of dead salarymen, a blender full of young women, and harakiri (ritual suicide), his highly skilled workmanship shared with Japanese traditional paintings appear grotesque at first, but they tend to carry a scathing message towards contemporary culture and society. 

Controversial though they may be, his works have been taken up by many prestigious exhibitions including his solo show at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and have proved to be food for thought for its viewers. In addition to being an artist, he has also received respect for his novels and manga work as well as being involved in a number of art projects in Japan. 

For this special talk, Makoto Aida will talk about his long standing career as an artist, introducing his remarkable body of work. Together with Lena Fritsch, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ashmolean Museum (University of Oxford), they will discuss what it is that Aida wishes to deliver through the various media he uses and what art means to him, reflecting on the state of Japan as well as global art. 

This is a rare opportunity to meet and hear from one of the leader artists from Japan who will stir your mind with his bold yet deeply profound art. 

Date: 19 October 2018 from 6.30pm

Banqueting Suite (Chelsea College of Arts), 16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU

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


Header Image Left:
Picture of Waterfall 2007-2010.
Photo: Fukunaga Kazuo
Collection of National Museum of Art, Osaka
© Aida Makoto, Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery

Header Image Bottom Right:
A Picture of an Air Raid on New York City (War Picture Returns) 1996.
photo: Nagatsuka Hideto. 
Takahashi Collection
© Aida Makoto, Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery

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Ryoji Ikeda at the Atlantic Project   JPsupported

At Plymouth's Atlantic Project, Japan's most sought-after multimedia artist, Ryoji Ikeda, creates his first UK site-specific project outside of London. Ikeda's The Radar presents mapping the cosmos in a large scale installation across a former dancehall.

Date: 28 September 2018 - 21 October 2018

The Millennium Complex, Union Street, Plymouth, PL1 3EY

For more information, please visit the Atlantic Project's website

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