Invisible Matters: Art & Anthropology plus Postcards From Japan

Invisible Matters: Art & Anthropology plus Postcards From Japan

A collaborative experimental exhibition of work

 

Invisible Matters: Art & Anthropology


A collaborative experimental exhibition of work by art anthropologist Jen Clarke, and sculptors Hironori Katagiri and Kate Thomson, exploring what role artists and academics can play in recovery from the triple disaster of the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident In Tohoku, North East Japan.

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Postcards From Japan

Artwork made by 22 artists from Tohoku in response to the disaster.

On 11th March 2011, a major earthquake – the most powerful ever recorded in Japan - took place off the North East Pacific coast in the Tohoku region. The earthquake was followed by a tsunami over 40 metres high. The floods caused by the tsunami damaged equipment in the Fukushima Daichii nuclear power plant, leading to nuclear meltdowns and the release of radioactive material into the surrounding environment. In the context of this triple disaster, what role can artists and anthropologists play, responding to people’s diverse understandings and experiences? We are interested in the role of art, art spaces, and artists, working and being with people in the service of community, and in providing alternative stories that counter the ‘mainstream’. The exhibition is also an exploration of ethics, in terms of the personal and political responsibilities involved in doing research and making art in this context. For me,  is about ways of knowing and imagining the world as existential commitments to the world, and exploring, through art practice, ways to be ethically committed to learning from and living through others, as well as other conceptual realities. This means investigating the possibilities for art and art–anthropology as an emotive, transformative and unpredictable experience.  



4pm on Friday 9th October
Artspace at James Mackay Hall, King’s College, University of Aberdeen
Followed by a drinks reception: 4.30 - 6pm,  90 High Street, University of Aberdeen

RSVP: kingsmuseum@abdn.ac.uk

Directions:
James Mackay Hall, King’s College: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/about/campus/maps/view/46/

90 High Street: http://bit.ly/1LX5Qve

Exhibition will open to the public 10th October 2015 - 16th March 2016
www.abdn.ac.uk/museums

  

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