Performance Histories. Japanese Performance Art 1960s–70s

When 24 Oct 2018
6:30PM - 9:00PM
Where Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street
London W1G 7LP

Performance Histories. Japanese Performance Art 1960s–70s
Weds 24 Oct, 6.30–9pm
Asia House, London W1G 7LP
Free, book here

International art historians Yumiko ChibaReiko Tomii and Yuri Mitsuda present a series of talks looking at performance collectives and movements in Japan 1960-70s, an era celebrated for its pioneering early experiments and innovations in body-based and time-based art.

Toyko-based Yumiko Chiba discusses her experiences working with the Estate of Jiro Takamatsu (1936-98), a central figure in the development avant-garde movements in post-War Japan. She discusses the significance of Takamatsu’s work, his international legacy, and the influence he has had upon the art world in Japan and worldwide.

Yuri Mitsuda discusses the influential Hi-Red Center (active 1963-64), founded in Tokyo by the artists Genpei Akasegawa, Natsuyuki Nakanishi and Jiro Takamatsu. Hi-Red Center created happenings and events that were socially reflective, anti-establishment and anti-commercial. The group used the urban environment to create interventions that raised questions about centralised authority and the role of the individual in society.

Reiko Tomii discusses ‘Publicity as Reward’ in 1960s Japan, a particular motivational factor in the context of an isolated location and lack of market for contemporary art. Publicity constituted “reward” in otherwise a “rewardless” (mushō) world of vanguard art. Tomii examines how publicity shaped the performative practices of artist Matsuzawa Yutaka (1922-2006), Kansai-based performance and happenings group The Play and Nigata-based group GUN.

Image courtesy of the organizer.

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