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International Symposium
“Art in a Time of Catastrophe: What Are Artists and Art Organizations Doing?”

  • Organization : Learning Project Committee
  • Section : International project
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Visual Art / Media Art


Featuring a wide ranging line-up of guest speakers, this symposium will consider art’s potential in confronting the issues arising from catastrophic situations. Following an opening keynote presentation by Anthony Gardner from University of Oxford, a panel of researchers and artists will reflect on the “power of art” for people in crisis situation. The following, second panel will focus on the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and examine the actions and responses of cultural institutions including art museums, as well as subsequent changes in the art world.

Speakers:Anthony Gardner (Head of School at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford), Sheba Chhachhi (Artist), Renzo Martens (Artist), Ced’art Tamasala (Artist / Vice President, CATPC), Yoneda Tomoko (Artist), Kuraya Mika (Chief Curator, Department of Programs Development, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo), Takada Aya (Director, birdo flugas), Takehisa Yuu (Senior Curator, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito), Emilia Terracciano (Postdoctoral Fellow, Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford), Jason Waite (Doctoral Candidate, Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford)
Moderator:Kondo Kenichi (Curator, Mori Art Museum)

In Oxford, we titled “Art in a Time of Catastrophe : Ecologies of Resistance”, we welcomed Brian Kuan Wood(Writer, e-flux, New York) as a keynote speaker and Fujii Hikaru (Artist), Kondo Kenichi(Curator, Mori Art Museum) as speakers from the exhibition. Also Sabu Khoso(Writer, New York), Hira Habi(Artist, Lahor) as speakers and Ros Gray(Goldsmith), Jason Waite, Emilia Terracciano as moderators.


Learning Project Committee
Learning Project Committee holds symposiums in Japan and overseas on society and contemporary art practices. By expanding discussion and making it widely available to the public, the Committee is geared towards activities that contribute to learning in contemporary art, and educational development in the sphere of international culture and art. Established for the holding of this symposium, the Committee mainly comprises Mori Art Museum staff – the principal members involved in the planning of this project – and members from the University of Oxford.


Sumika Takashima
learning leader
Learning Project Committee
roppongi hills mori tower 6-10-1 roppongi minato-ku Tokyo 106-6150
Tel: +81-(0)3-6406-6164
Fax: +81-(0)3-6406-9351
E-mail: s-takashima@mori.co.jp


Academyhills, Minato City, Tokyo
Christ Church College, University of Oxford, Sir Michael Dummett Lecture Teatre
Ruskin School of Art, Project Space, Oxford, UK