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Vortrag ISLANDS FOR LIFE: Art Projects and Post-Growth Philosophies in Japan (13.01.22)

A virtual u:japan lecture by

Adrian Favell (University of Leeds,Bauman Institute) Donnerstag, 13. Januar 2022, 18:30 - 20:00

"(...) My presentation will discuss in particular the ideas and practice developed by art producer Fram Kitagawa in Niigata's Echigo Tsumari (a triennale that has been running since 2000), as well as the Seto island based art projects of the artist Yukinori Yanagi, including one I have participated in, the Momoshima Art Base. While these projects draw on the almost limitless resources offered by the voluntary participation of young "lost generation(s)" artists and creatives as well as abundant empty properties in remote locations, a younger generation have responded in their own way to Japan's stagnation and dilemmas over housing and art careers, with anarchist-like ideas of autonomous self-sufficiency and collective organisation."

Zur Biographie des Vortragenden, der über zeitgenössische japanische Kunst schreibt, z.B. in "Before and After Superflat: A Short History of Japanese Contemporary Art 1990-2011" (2012) :

Adrian Favell is Chair in Sociology and Social Theory at the University of Leeds, UK and Director of the Bauman Institute. He is the author of various works on immigration politics, citizenship, multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism. In 2006-7 he was a Japan Foundation Abe Fellow in Tokyo, leading to the publication of Before and After Superflat: A Short History of Japanese Contemporary Art 1990-2011 (2012). A revised, updated and expanded 2nd edition of this book, including a full discussion of more recent post-disaster and post-growth art projects since 2011, will be published in 2022 by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC).

He has also published essays in Art in America, Bijutsu Techo, Impressions, Artforum, ART-iT online, and for the catalogue of a exhibition in 2021 on Tokyo: Art and Photography at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

He is currently working on a book about "post-growth" art and architecture in Japan, a long term collaboration with the architect Julian Worrall, University of Tasmania. More info:


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