Ogasawara (Sociology, Goldsmiths College)
its ethical openness of PACSF, it is undeniable that the activities around
the organisation have been inclined to be associated with modest area studies
character. The expectation for and contestation to PACSF have found their
merging point at which we could assume that someone's ethnic origin, her/his
geographical origin and her/his academic subject can be categorised within
a single, linear within a single, linear correspondence ('you're from Japan,
so you something on East Asia'). While it may generate the voices of 'loud
minority' in the academy, there is a danger of self-segregation, which
is not a particularly unique phenomenon (imagine how 'gender studies' operate).
I will reflectively examine this ambivalence of the position of PACSF,
through a brief look at its history as well as my own research experience,
and pose some ethical suggestions by which this tension is expected to
be utilised rather than overcome.
Park (Historical and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College)
by the project of mystiques of London (artist networking project) organised
by 13 artists from Asia and others in London in the year 2000, I write
on the mystique effect of our contemporary life as the untranslatability
and society of unspeakable secrecy. Between the known to the unknown, and
the self to the other, the translation of other(=the meaning of lost stories
in this context) are obstructed by the boundaries drawn along with the
cultural difference and national historiography, the lost connected-ness.
The anxiety caused by this untranslatability is the very characteristics
of Asian culture today since we have been ignoring the consequences of
victimization of Asian others (which becomes repressed, and secret of Asian
history) driven by the war and relentless econo-centric, western-envy,
self-denying modernization. The Networking between trans-national and trans-cultural
artists and researchers is to dismantle these untranslatable boundaries
by the border-crossing meeting, listening, learning, and friendship.
Kondo (Independent Curator)
I curated Art Exhibition of young Japanese Artists based in London. I curated Art Exhibition of young Japanese Artists based in London. Texhibition was entitled Crossed Purposes--The Space between Japan and Britain and held in Mafuji Gallery in Hackney. and held in Mafuji Gallery in Hackney. All the Artists in to exhibition have experience of living in both Japan and Britain, and their works respond to (power) relationship between the two cultures in various ways. In this prestation, I would like to explain the aims and concepts of the exhibition and how the exhibits can be read in terms of cultural relationship between those two countries or the East and the West with the images by the slide projection.
The aims of the exhibition was:
question the simplistic dichotomy of the East and the West.
The exhibits and issues they raise were:
McDonalds landscape painting-- harmony of Japan and Britain in a dream