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	Image: Town of Biei-Hokkaido

Travel afternoon: Traditions and connections with Japanese art

With John McBride and Olivia Meehan

Integrating man and nature: art spaces of Northern Japan
John McBride

Northern Japan is dotted with “Minka”, immense, sturdy Japanese farm houses. Minka are symbols of a thousand year struggle by farmers surviving in the heaviest snowfall area in the world. With depopulation many Minka have fallen vacant. Echigo-Tsumari has handed many Minka to world renown artists, creating major installations evocative of rural renewal. Further North, Ainu artists in Hokkaido refer to Ainu connections with nature and worship of animistic symbols. Non-Northern peoples artists have reacted to Hokkaido’s vast spaces making use of its caldera lakes and volcanic backdrops. One famous Japanese-American artist has even “sculpted the earth”. Journey through this area of world quality art installations.

Scenes in and around the capital: mapping the ancient city of Kyoto
Olivia Meehan

Folding screen paintings representing views of Kyoto and its suburbs are known as Rakuchū rakugaizu 洛中洛外図屏風 referring to the depiction of scenes ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ the capital. Throughout sixteenth and seventeenth century Japan, these large and detailed genre paintings were popular; they visualised festivals, townspeople, temples and monuments. In this talk we will look at examples of these panoramic scenes and also consider the role of the folding screen in the early modern Japanese interior setting.

Image: Town of Biei-Hokkaido

Saturday 10 March 2018, 2pm

$45 non-member
$35 member

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Duration 2 hours
Location: Domain Theatre