Events category: Special event

25 September 2014

Nation, Dice, Instruction, – Private View and Artist Talk

Satoshi Hashimoto is currently one of Japan’s most ‘alarming’ artists, producing works of art that make the viewer feel like someone witnessing a traffic accident. By somehow “questioning your stance”, “ignoring you”, “making a contract with you” or “transferring ownership to you”, they transcend social laws and morality and turn you into a participant, not just an observer.

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23 January 2014

Kintsugi: The Art of Broken Pieces

Kintsugi is the craft in which chipped, cracked or broken ceramic pieces are repaired using a combination of urushi (lacquer) and rice glue. This process inadvertently results in a decoration, the form of which is dictated by the breakage the piece has suffered. The craft dates back to at least the 16th century, and there are various engaging historical anecdotes which emphasise the value placed on items pieced back together. There was also a demonstration of Kintsugi during the event.

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11 October 2013

Music from Baroque Europe: Played by Taro Takeuchi with Kaori Katayama

In this concert respected early guitar/lute player Taro Takeuchi and guest performed some of the finest pieces from the British Baroque period. The concert will include pieces by Nicolla Matteis, Henry Purcell, Francesco Geminiani, George Frideric Handel and others. Taro Takeuchi uses antique guitars from the 18th century as well as a faithful modern copy of an original 17th century lute.

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30 May 2013

Butoh Through the Lens

This film screening and talk, which introduced short films about Butoh dance and was presented by Florencia Guerberof, performer and founder of Asian Performing Arts UK. Firstly, she showed her own film recordings ‘Impressions’ featuring Yoshito Ono and ‘Duration’ which reflect her own impressions during her research on Butoh dance in Japan during 2009. The screening continued with the documentary ‘Still Move’ by Marieke Schroeder. The film portrays Japanese dancer and choreographer Saburo Teshigawara who creates a fusion of Butoh principles and postmodern elements. This event aimed to portray a different side of Butoh dance.

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6 December 2012

Improvising within Tradition: Gallery Concert

As part of Nao Matsunaga’s exhibition, My Primal Memory at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, musician Hibiki Ichikawa will join the special event Improvising within Tradition. Both Matsunaga and Hibiki’s practices stem from training in traditional forms, providing a framework within which they improvise and react to their environment. The event brings together the unique qualities of two different forms, with informative conversation on the history of Tsugaru Shamisen.

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22 November 2012

KanZeOn – A Sensory Exploration of Sound

KanZeOn is part documentary, part sensory exploration of sound, revealing a rarely seen view of Japanese culture through ancient rituals and musical spectacle. Largely shot in Kyushu, the film revolves around three figures in whose lives music and religion plays a central part. The co-directors talked about the development of the film and its accompanying projects.

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