Kimiyo Mishima, Another Rebirth 2005-N , 2001-05, Benesse Holdings, Inc., courtesy MEM, Tokyo

The Research Project “From Garbage to Art: Environmental Consciousness in Japan in the Post-Cold War Era” brings together experts on waste and consumption, environmental issues, visual culture and art history. This is the second workshop of the project organized by Dr. E. Machotka and Prof. dr. K.J. Cwiertka (LIAS). The project is financed by MEARC.


7 Nov 2014 | 9.30-17.00 hrs


Sterrewacht | Keizerzaal B 104 | Kaiserstraat 63 | 2311 GP Leiden


9.30-10.00 Registration and Coffee

Session 1

10.00-10.10 Opening word: Applied Social Arts: Critical Issues of the Post-Cold War Artistic Practices

Ewa Machotka (Leiden University)

10.10-10.55 Useless Machines as Social Intervention: Kimura Masa and his baka kikai

Gunhild Borggreen (University of Copenhagen)

10.55-11.10 Short break

11.10-11.55 Robots and Reincarnation

Jennifer Robertson (University of Michigan)

11.55-12.30 Discussion

12.30-13.30 Lunch break

Session 2

13.30-14.15 Return of “The Death of Fukei (Landscape)”: Between Post-1970 and Post-3.11, 2014

Michio Hayashi (Sophia University)

14.15-15.00 Islands for Life: Artistic Responses to Social Decline and Environmental Damage in Rural Japan

Adrian Favell (Sciences Po, Paris)

15.00-15.15 Short break

15.15-16.00 The Emergence of the Socio-political Art After 3.11 in Japan. Re-interpretation of “Ecology of Mind”: Development of Ecologies of Mind, Society and Environment

Yuko Hasegawa (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo)

16.00-16.50 Discussion

16.50-17.00 Concluding remarks

Kitty Zijlmans (Leiden University)

17.00-18.00 Drinks





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