Posts tagged ‘Tokyo’

November 30, 2013

Anti-Academy | John Hansard Gallery

ImageAbove: Students in the class of Nakanishi Natsuyuki, Bigakkō, Tokyo, 1970, photograph Morinaga Jun.

Well worth a visit to John Hansard Gallery in Southampton to see this incredible exhibition.  You can read further info about Anti-Academy here.

Anti-Academy examines the ideas, processes, workshops and legacies of three radical educational models in 1960s Japan, the USA and Denmark. Comprised of three installations, each relating to one of these school’s programmes, Anti-Academy explores life at Bigakkō, Tokyo (installation by Yoshiko Shimada), the Intermedia Program, School of Art and Art History, at the University of Iowa (installation by Cornelia Schmidt-Bleek), and Ex-School, Copenhagen (film by Alice Maude-Roxby and Tom Chick)…….

Anti-Academy is an interpretation of how these three academies situated themselves on the peripheries of the art world, existing in opposition to the mainstream, and responding to the political and social climate, location and cultural context of the day.

Below are images from the Bigakkō installation by Yoshiko Shimada.

Bigakko can be seen to draw most directly from its current political context. Founded in 1969 by the publishing house Gendaishicho-sha, infamous in their commitment to publishing an eclectic selection of controversial contemporary Japanese writing, alongside French philosophy and political theories including the first Japanese publication of Marquis de Sade’s ‘Juliette’, Bigakko also exercised an extraordinary high-disciplined learning environment to accompany their progressive literature, including one teaching year where students were made to attend all classes. The school employed the most radical artists of the day and the teaching programme involved diverse approaches, ranging from vociferous political conferences to quiet meditation. For Gendaishicho-sha, Bigakko operated in response to the social backdrop of student revolt in the post-war climate, acting as a rejection of western modernism and a questioning of Japanese cultural and political history.

ImageAbove: Zero Yen Bill | Akasegawa Genpei
ImageAbove: Multi-positional work benches, designed by Nakamura Hiroshi and Nakanishi Natsuyuki in 1969 for Bigakkō, were intended to offer students various modes of working from kneeling on the floor to using the boxes as seats and desks.Image

Above: Chronology Wall | Installation of artefacts relating to Bigakkō history from the archives of Imaizumi Yoshihiko and Yoshiko Shimada.

A new publication accompanies the exhibition, comprehensively illustrated and with a range of essays exploring the themes and contexts of the show.

October 10, 2012

William Klein + Daido Moriyama | Tate Modern


I got a sneak preview of the William Klein + Daido Moriyama show at Tate Modern last night after Daido Moriyama’s talk. This really is a *must see* exhibition.  You can read a review on 1000 Words blog.

Explore modern urban life in New York and Tokyo through the photographs of William Klein and Daido Moriyama. This is the first exhibition to look at the relationship between the work of influential photographer and filmmaker Klein, and that of Moriyama, the most celebrated photographer to emerge from the Japanese Provoke movement of the 1960s.

With work from the 1950s to the present day, the exhibition demonstrates the visual affinity between their urgent, blurred and grainy style of photography and also their shared desire to convey street life and political protest, from anti-war demonstrations and gay pride marches to the effects of globalisation and urban deprivation.

The exhibition also considers the medium and dissemination of photography itself, exploring the central role of the photo-book in avant-garde photography and the pioneering use of graphic design within these publications. As well the issues of Provoke magazine in which Moriyama and his contemporaries showcased their work, the exhibition will include fashion photography from Klein’s work with Vogue and installations relating to his satirical films Mister Freedom and Who Are You Polly Maggoo?

February 19, 2012

Kamaitachi | Eikoh Hosoe


All images © Eikoh Hosoe

Eikoh Hosoe’s long association with the revolutionary performance movement butoh came about through his encounter in 1959 with one of its founders, Tatsumi Hijikata. Hosoe collaborated with Hijikata on several series including Kamaitachi, which is acknowledged as the finest illustration of Hosoe’s hybrid photographic style, combining performance and documentary with a dramatic, virile aesthetic that embodies the founding principles of Hijikata’s ankoku butoh or ‘dance of darkness’.  The dramatic and intense energy that Hijikata generated with his dance not only captured Hosoe’s imagination but also opened up new ways for the young photographer to approach themes such as sexuality, gender and the human body.

Driven by the desire to re-enact his childhood memories when he was evacuated from Tokyo during World War Two, Hosoe had Hijikata perform kamaitachi, the legendary weasel-like demon that haunted the rice paddies in the extremely sparse, rural landscape of the Tohoku region from where they both came. Fusing reality (Hijikata interacting with the landscape and village people) and performance, Hosoe’s ‘subjective documentary’ series opened new ground in Japanese post-war photography.

April 17, 2011

Aomori Project: Of Landscapes Remembered

These photographs were taken at the dress rehearsal of Sioned Huws Aomori Project at Greenwich Dance Agency last Thursday evening.  The performance brings together local people from Greenwich and professional artists from Japan in a new dance work, especially created for the Borough Hall. Three shamisen musicians, one minyo singer and two Tsugaru dancers join a group of 5-70 year olds in a work  continued since 2008 from Sioned’s first experience of harsh winter conditions in  Aomori, a region of Northern Japan.

You can keep up to date with Sioned as she continues to explore Japan and gather material for Aomori Project: Of Landscapes Remembered at her new Greenwich Dance Blog.

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January 26, 2010

Pattern in the City

Tokyo, Japan 2007.

January 22, 2010

The City

London 2010 & Tokyo 2007.

June 22, 2009

UPDATE: The last year.

So the last year has been busy. I had a few exhibitions – my image entitled ‘Trash’ (above) was one of the ten winning entries of The Hayward Gallery Rodchenko photography competition, selected by Hayward curators which was exhibited at the Hayward Gallery.
Then there was the AIR exhibition at Morley Gallery (below) which featured some of my pinhole photography work – more of which can be viewed on my website.



I also completed work on a permanent commission for Stoke Mandeville Hospital (below), again using pinhole photography. Click here to view all 28 images.


I launched my photobook “TRACEY TOKYO” which you can buy through Blurb.

By Tracey Fahy
Finally, the year finished with London Sinfonietta’s 40th anniversary celebrations with a series of special events curated by Culture Collective and Street Genius. I worked as a photography mentor on this project – you can read more about the project on LNDSNF’s blog here.

June 22, 2009

My pinhole photography featured on JPPS online gallery

I am the first foreign member to be featured on the Japan Pinhole Society’s monthly gallery click here to go to JPPS website.

I also took part in the PINHOLE PHOTO EXHIBITION 2008 at Koto-ku “Bunka” Center in Tokyo last year. Click here to view photos from the exhibition.