CATEGORY: Activities/ Lecture
DATE: Thursday, March 7 at 18.00h
AUDIENCE: All audiences
LANGUAGE: English (Spanish translated)
MORE INFO: Free admission until full capacity is reached.
Lecture by professor Miryam Sas on “The Gaze of Things. Japanese Photography in the context of Provoke”. Author of the essay Conceptualizing Japanese Post-War Photography: Snap, Movement, Refusal for the exhibition catalog.
In the “age of the image”, during the high growth era in Japan, when everything is mediated through so many multiplied layers of reproduction, how do we know where reality lies? What is “realism”? This lecture traces changing layers of understanding about reality in order to draw insights for grasping the deeper meanings of Japanese photography in the Provoke era and for rethinking the mediascape in our world today. I will read the photographs in the context of the larger artistic sphere including Butō dance, live performing arts and film, and will consider the role of female artists.
Miryam Sas is Professor of Comparative Literature and Film & Media at the University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in Japanese culture and arts, comparative literature and critical theory (Japanese, French, English, German). She is the author of two books, Experimental Arts in Postwar Japan: Moments of Encounter, Engagement, and Imagined Return (Harvard, 2010); and Fault Lines: Cultural Memory and Japanese Surrealism (Stanford University Press, released in 2001), and articles on Japanese photography, futurism, cross-cultural performance, Butō dance, intermedia art, pink film and experimental animation. She is currently working on a book on media theory and intermedia art in Japan, Media Acts: Infrastructure, Potentiality, and the Afterlife of Art in Japan, for which she was awarded a UC President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities.