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MADA Art Forum Lecture: Asia Art Archive: Art Schools from Asia (Part 1 – Japan)

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Wednesday 13 March, 1-2pm
G104, Building G
Monash Art, Design and Architecture
Monash University, Caulfield Campus
FREE /// All welcome

During MUMA’s international group exhibition Shapes of Knowledge, Asia Art Archive will visit Melbourne to present a series of lectures that draw on their recent research into three experimental art schools in Asia.

In this first lecture, Japanese artist Shimada Yoshiko will speak to the significance and impact of the Tokyo-based art school, Gendaishicho-sha Bigakkō (The Art School of the Society for Current Thought; 1969–75). Established in response to the 1968 student movement, Bigakkō was founded by Gendaishicho-sha, publishers of political theory, philosophy and art who sought to explore the potential for social change through art education. Shimada will detail the range of radical assignments and exercises that came to define the school and had an enduring impact on contemporary Japanese art.

Asia Art Archive (AAA) is an independent, non-profit organisation co-founded by Claire Hsu and Johnson Chang in Hong Kong in 2000. It functions as a catalyst for the collection, creation and sharing of knowledge of the multiple recent histories of art in the Asian region. AAA builds tools and communities to collectively expand knowledge through research, residency and educational programs. It hosts one of the most extensive archives of material on Asian art, which is freely accessible from its website and onsite library in Hong Kong. A team of over forty individuals are responsible for AAA’s collection, research activities, programming and operations.

Shimada Yoshiko lives and works in Chiba, Japan. Her artwork explores themes of cultural memory and the role of women in the Asia-Pacific War. Her works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally. In recent years, Shimada has been researching post-1968 art and politics in Japan. She has curated exhibitions, such as Anti-Academy (John Hansard Gallery, 2013), Nakajima Yoshio Syndrome (Atsukobarouh, 2015) and From Nirvana to Catastrophe (Ota Fine Arts, 2017), for which she wrote and edited the catalogues. She is currently working on the Matsuzawa Yutaka Archive in Nagano and serving as Director of the Matsuzawa Yutaka Psi Room Foundation. She lectures on Japanese art and politics of the 1960s and 70s, and art and feminisms in Japan at The University of Tokyo.

Asia Art Archive is participating in Shapes of Knowledge at Monash University Museum of Art, 9 February – 13 April 2018.

View a recording of the lecture here

Image: Asia Art Archive, Pictures and Letters class at Bigakkō in 1970. Image courtesy of Asia Art Archive

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