Events by year: 2019

29 January 2019

Private View and Artist Talk: Susumu Matsuura in conversation with Dr Lee Campbell

This event provides the opportunity to have a first look at the work of Susumu Matsuura and hear him discuss the ideas and inspiration behind his work with Dr Lee Campbell. Susumu’s work has “humans” as its main theme, and most of his work expresses human emotions. He is interested in exploring the two-sided nature of human beings, who harbour both positive feelings and greed. Works on display at the Foundation include: symmetrical portraits inspired by the Rorschach test; works inspired by the feelings of depression that the artist himself has experienced; and the series Caress a Cat.

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28 January 2019

Portland Japanese Garden: An American Interpretation of a Japanese Artform

In this talk, Steve Bloom, Chief Executive Officer of the Portland Japanese Garden, will explore the past, present, and future of the Portland Japanese Garden. He will look at how it is leading a global dialog about the Japanese Garden as a platform for spreading the ideals of peace and mutual understanding between peoples. The talk will be chaired by the radio broadcaster Nick Luscombe.

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24 January 2019

On Kurosawa: a Tribute to the Master Director

In this book launch, Peter Tasker will introduce his latest book ‘On Kurosawa: A Tribute to the Master Director’. Peter will explore the body of work and legacy of the film director Akira Kurosawa and look at why Kurosawa’s films are so popular around the world.

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17 January 2019

Industry-academia partnerships: collaborations between UK universities and Japanese enterprises

This talk looked at collaborations between industry and academia, discussing how these partnerships contribute to industrial innovation and the challenges in creating these partnerships. Professor Mikael Adolphson, University of Cambridge, and Kiyomi Hashimoto, CEO of Dojima Sake Brewery, used the example of collaboration between the University of Cambridge and Japanese enterprise to explain how UK universities and Japanese enterprises can effectively work together to promote innovation.

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