Past Abstract 2000-2001

<Seminars>
2nd Feb(Fri), 2001
Doing cultural studies in-between Asia and Britain:'Open up a dialogue: Some reflections on the research experiences with PACSF'

Speakers:
 -- Hiroki Ogasawara (Sociology, Goldsmiths College)
 -- Soyang Park (Historical and Cultural Studies Department, Goldsmiths College)
 -- Kenichi Kondo (Independent Curator)
Commentator:
 -- Professor Sarat Maharaj (Historical and Cultural Studies Department, Goldsmiths College)

Abstract

Hiroki Ogasawara (Sociology, Goldsmiths College)
Title: Good, Bad or Stretched: Against a single narrative of alienisation in the field of research

Despite 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. 
Hiroki Ogasawara, hirokio@dircon.co.uk

Soyang Park (Historical and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College)
Title: The 'mystique(?)' Forgetting and remembering in the new transnational Asian artists networking in the year 2000

Inspired 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. 
Soyang Park, soyang_72@hotmail.com

Kenichi Kondo (Independent Curator)
Title: Curating the Art exhibition between Japan and Britain

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:

*To question the simplistic dichotomy of the East and the West.
*To challenge the British / Japanese peoples expectation from Japanese Art.
*To show various issues the exhibits deal with in terms of (power) relationship between Japan and Britain or the East and the West.

The exhibits and issues they raise were:

*Peter McDonalds landscape painting-- harmony of Japan and Britain in a dream world.
*Hiroko Nakaos collage of butterflies-- her identity shifting unstably back and forth between Japan and Britain.
*Kasumi Morimuras photographic installation-- endlessly repeated chain of image of the East and the West and the Easts internalisation of the Western norm.
*Osamu Miyagis paintings-- playing with the relationship between universality and cultural specificity.
*Saki Satoms videos-- creating the Non-Space--anywhere but nowhere, though the cultural difference made clear by the juxtaposition.
Ken Kondo,kenkondo@onetel.net.uk