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During the opening of In Praise of Waves, a lecture programme has been set up that lets 3 speakers tell their own tales of Japan:
'The Visual ‘Rise and Fall of the Japanese Empire’ – Globality and Locality of Images and Their Heritage' by Jan Schmidt
This year we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Belgian-Japanese relations. For almost sixty years, situated in the middle of that time span, Japan was called the “Great Japanese Empire” or Dai-Nihon teikoku. During that time Japan quickly evolved into one of the so-called Great Powers – also in regards of its visual culture and its global representation. Images of all kind flowed in and out of Japan in great quantity.
This short lecture will use selected examples of images to illustrate key aspects of visual culture and their globality as well as locality between the 1890s and the 1940s, a period in which Japan struggled through 4 major wars and the ultimate destruction of the Empire. This may help to provide at least glimpses of a historical dimension to the manifold continuities and ruptures eventually leading to the visual culture of our times.
After his studies in History and Japanese Studies at Heidelberg University,
Tokyo Gakugei University and Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo,
Jan Schmidt became a lecturer of the Modern History of Japan
at Ruhr University Bochum in 2006.
In 2013-14 he was Visiting Professor at Kyoto University
and since October 2015 he is an Assistant Professor
at the Department of Japanese Studies, Faculty of Arts, of KU Leuven.
Japan 360° by Eric Joris
Four months after the Tsunami took place in Japan in 2011, Eric Joris travelled through the heavily struck Yuriage, a fisherman's village at the eastern coast. Together with a number of survivors he went looking for their homes, only to find a barren plain with just a vague grid of pieces of street and foundations. Without actually physically seeing the original landscape, Joris is overwhelmed by the echo of something he never saw before.
During his lecture, Eric Joris will provide the audience with a record of his experiences. The difference between the memory of Japan in the eighties when he called it his home and the devastation and desolation after the Wave, is striking.
Eric Joris (°1955) is a Belgian artist who –together with CREW-
pioneered immersive media.
'Nature in Japan's annual events' by Mieke Nakamura-Horckmans
The Japanese annual calendar includes numerous national traditions showing the importance of nature. Beautiful cherry blossoms during Hanami season, koi fish for the Children’s Day in May, bamboo trees at the Stars Festival in July and the full moon and pampas grass during the Harvest Moon Festival in September are just a few well known images. We can find abundant as well as subtle representations of nature in pieces of art such as paintings, folding fans and even in kimono and obi designs. And during the event period we can also admire related food displays and other decorations with references to nature. What does this connection to nature within tradition lead to?
Graduated in Japanese Studies at KU Leuven in 2005,
Mieke Nakamura-Horckmans started working as a teacher in the Japanese Kindergarten of Brussels.
In 2010 she became a Modern Japanese language teacher at KU Leuven
and since 2015 has been teaching Modern Japanese at Ghent University.
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This lecture programme is part of the opening event of In Praise Of Waves, is free of charge and open to all.
Dates12/10/2016 - 12/10/2016
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Wednesday October 12, 2016 - 18:00