Performance Histories. Japanese Performance Art 1960s–70s
DRAF Curators' Series #11. Institute of Asian Performance Art. By Victor Wang
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This event is part of the 2018 Arts and Learning Autumn Programme and the 11th edition of DRAF Curators' Series #11
This event includes a drinks reception
International art historians Yumiko Chiba, Reiko Tomii and Yuri Mitsuda present a series of talks, part of the 11th edition of DRAF Curators' Series curated by Victor Wang, looking at performance collectives and movements in Japan 1960-70s—an era celebrated for its pioneering early experiments and innovations in body-based and time-based art. Asia House is pleased to be partnering with DRAF to conduct this event, divided in three parts.
Reiko Tomii discusses ‘Publicity as Reward’ in 1960s Japan, a particular motivational factor in the context of an isolated location and lack of market for contemporary art. Publicity constituted “reward” in otherwise a “rewardless” (mushō) world of vanguard art. Tomii examines how publicity shaped the performative practices of artist Matsuzawa Yutaka (1922–2006), Kansai-based performance and happenings group The Play and Nigata-based group GUN.
Yuri Mitsuda discusses the influential Hi-Red Center (active 1963–64), founded in Tokyo by the artists Genpei Akasegawa, Natsuyuki Nakanishi and Jiro Takamatsu. Hi-Red Center created happenings and events that were socially reflective, anti-establishment and anti-commercial. The group used the urban environment to create interventions that raised questions about centralised authority and the role of the individual in society.
Tokyo-based Yumiko Chiba discusses her experiences working with the Estate of Jiro Takamatsu (1936–98), a central figure in the development avant-garde movements in post-War Japan. She discusses the significance of Takamatsu’s work, his international legacy, and the influence he has had upon the art world in Japan and worldwide.