Talk & Discussion Series:
Nationalism and Artistic Production

"Nationalism and Artistic Production" is a series of five talks organized by CAMP with invited curators, artists and thinkers. This is not only an attempt to look at different phenomena of nationalism in Japan - including xenophobia and exclusive nationalism - and various cultural production that enunciates, represents or challenges nationalism. It also aims to contemplate, through discussion, on participants' own sense of nationalism and views on community, identity, and otherness. In order for that, the talk series will explore and analyze what a nation is and how we as subjects relate to a nation, and further reflect on the potential in which artistic production can critically engage with nationalism formed by various kinds of power.

Thinking "the other" - Inside and Outside of the Nation
18:00 - 21:00 Friday, 16 July 2010

[ Speaker ]
Shinya Watanabe (independent curator)
[ Moderator ]
Che Kyongfa (independent curator)

Venue: Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama: Creator-in-Residence (Map)
Language: English
Admission: Free
Capacity: 30 (Booking Required)
Booking: Send an email with its subject as Thinking "the other" to notesoncamp@gmail.com, including your name and E-mail address.
Supported by: Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site / Otto Mainzheim Gallery

[ Outline ]
The nation-state and nationalism are complex constructs that have an influence on art making and evaluation of it. The concept of "nation" has been created in the process of modernity, but the recognition of its historical structure is not simple in contemporary society. The aim of this lecture is to clarify the origin of the nations, and its influence on modern and contemporary art making.

Part 1: Inside and Outside of the Nation
The impact of Napoleonic War and the Formation of Yugoslavia
Part 2: Nation and Artistic Production
Pablo Picasso, Tony Shafrazy, Jean Mitchell Basquiat and Brassai
Francisco Franco and Victor Erice's "The Spirit of the Beehive"
Hayao Miyazaki's Anagram of Nations – Totoro, Lupin the III, Poco Rosso and Ponyo
Soseki Natsume and Japanese Modernity
Isamu Noguchi, Kenzo Tange and Li Xianglan
Allgiero Boetti and Juxtaposition
Bruce Lee in Bosnia
Elmgreen and Dragset
Tellervo and Oliver Karlinen
Yukinori Yanagi, Yuken Teruya and Kota Ezawa

Related Books and Writings:
"Totality and Infinity" by Emmanuel Levinas
The Influence of the Nation-State on Art - The Case of the Former Yugoslavian Countries
The Breakaway from the Century of War - Article 9 as the Overcoming of European Modernism
Why Japanese People Hunt Whales? Whale Mound and Shinto Religion in Shinagawa, Tokyo

Related Movies:
"The Spirit of the Beehive" Directed by Victor Erice
"Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro" by Hayao Miyazaki

[ Biography ]
Shinya Watanabe
Born 1980 in Shizuoka, Japan, Shinya Watanabe is an independent curator based in Tokyo/New York. After acquiring his MA at New York University, Watanabe have traveled thirty-six countries mainly as a backpacker, and started to curate contemporary art exhibitions, mainly focusing on the issues of the relationships between nation-state and art. His curatorial exhibition are "Another Expo—Beyond the Nation-States" (White Box, NY, 2005), "Action Painting Street Battle! Ushio Shinohara vs. Ryoga Katsuma" (Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, NY 2006), "Into the Atomic Sunshine — Post-War Art under Japanese Peace Constitution Article 9" (Puffin Room, NY, 2008, Hillside Forum, Tokyo, 2008, Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan 2009), and "Volcano Lovers - From Iceland and Japan" (Ise Cultural Foundation, NY, 2009-10).
Che Kyongfa
Che Kyongfa is an independent curator based in Tokyo. Her curatorial projects include "Fog Dossier" (2010, Seoul), a collaborative project with the artist Jeuno Kim; a two-year project called "Electric Palm Tree" (2009, Amsterdam & Jakarta), co-curated with Binna Choi and Cosmin Costinas; "Recycled" (2008, Oslo) an exhibition by Oslo-based artist unit Danger Museum; and "OK Video Festival" (2005, Jakarta) co-curated with Jakarta-based artists' initiative Ruangrupa. She also organizes workshops, lectures, and discussions.

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