Past Events

5 April 2017

To Pick Up the Shadow - A Photography Workshop by Toshiaki Hicosaka

Photography captures images of the world through the use of light. Could the shadows also create a visual experience – one that does not appear under the light? This workshop invites you to take photos in central London at night using a unique and somewhat unorthodox method. Workshop participants are asked to bring their own digital camera that has a flash function.

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4 April 2017

The Nuclear Culture Source Book

The Nuclear Culture Source Book is a resource and introduction to nuclear culture. In this talk, Ele Carpenter and Eiko Honda bring together contemporary art and ideas investigating the nuclear Anthropocene, nuclear sites and materiality, along with important questions of radiological inheritance, nuclear modernity and the philosophical concept of radiation as a hyperobject.

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23 March 2017

Obtaining Images: Art, Production and Display in Edo Japan

The Edo Period is known worldwide as one of the most vibrant and exciting times in the history of Japanese art. In this talk, Professor Timon Screech takes us on an entertaining tour of Edo art and suggest ways in which art historical scholarship, and appreciation, can develop in diverse periods and fields.

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14 March 2017

Love and Perverted Desires in Four Centuries of Japanese Literature

In this talk, Dr Damian Flanagan explored the shifting sexual norms of Japan’s literary history from the Edo Period to the present. How have the great writers of Japan from Ihara Saikaku and Natsume Soseki to Yukio Mishima and Haruki Murakami responded to the challenge of these shifting sexual norms and how does understanding the sexuality of the age change our understanding of their works?

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10 March 2017

Gobara Lacquerware: Unique Urushi

The Hiruzen Plateau in Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture, is visited by over 2 million tourists per year. Gobara, a small village hidden away in one of the plateau’s corners, is home to Gobara lacquerware, a type of lacquerware that is made for everyday use. Join artisan Kunimitsu Takatsuki to discover more about the history and techniques of this unique urushi.

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8 March 2017

The Creation and Future of Japanese Traditional Music

Yuka Takechi has forged a unique career as a composer at the highest level, creating new classical music for Japanese traditional music and its instruments. In this talk, Takechi introduced her works by using video and audio materials and considered the potential of Japanese traditional music, its creativity and its future. Takechi was joined by award-winning violinist Midori Komachi, who performed a selection of Takechi’s original pieces for violin.

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14 February 2017

Artist talk: 2s, 3s & 4s by Natsko Seki

2s, 3s & 4s is the first London solo exhibition of Natsko Seki, an established freelance illustrator known for her bright and playful style, which she often employs for travel-related illustrations and children’s books. For this event, Seki was joined in conversation by Olivia Ahmad, Curator, House of Illustration.

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26 January 2017

Cyber Security: National and Business threat?

Since the September 2013 selection of Tokyo as host of the 2020 Olympic Games, the Japanese have put increased emphasis on cybersecurity and Internet of Things (IoT) security to make sure the Games are a success. 2015-16 was particularly packed with developments. Mihoko Matsubara, Chief Security Officer for Japan at Palo Alto Networks, talked about Japan’s cybersecurity efforts in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and what they mean for the rest of the world.

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13 January 2017

Ballerina: The Reason I Keep Dancing

Japan has and continues to produce world class ballet dancers. Dancing at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden is the pinnacle of a dancer’s career, and young Japanese ballet dancers dream of joining the world-famous Royal Ballet company. In this talk, Miyako Yoshida, who has performed in numerous leading roles at the Royal Ballet, shared her love of dancing with us.

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