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 inaugural workshop of the project.


23 May 2014


Sterrewacht | Keizerzaal B 104 | Kaiserstraat 63 | Leiden

Workshop Programme

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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