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Memory and Human Body 3: The Line of Sight / The Eyes

17:00-20:00, Saturday, April 26, 2014
Room 101, 21KOMCEE, The University of Tokyo, Komaba

Don’t our bodies internalize the memory of the past - from near past to ancient times? Isn’t culture the body’s memory? Aren’t the present images merely the infiltration of the body’s memory? The “Memory and Human Body” series disassembles the body from a number of perspectives, searches the traces of memory, and attempts to rediscover what have been inherited by today’s culture.

――We should suspect that the eyes in the 1960s, 70s, or 80s were different from those of the present day. The young eyes aspiring for freedom after the campaign against the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, the anxious, distrustful eyes of the boys and girls hanging around in towns in the 80s… They should have been different from the eyes of young people today looking down on a smartphone or a portable game, looking at things with different kinds of lines of sight.

Maro Akaji will speak about the eyes in the 70s. He worked in Jokyo Gekijo in the 60s, and worked with Tatsumi Hijikata, Kazuo Ono, Akira Kasai and other Butoh artists observing the bodies and its circumstances in the 70s.

Joji Hajiguchi will speak about the 80s. He gained a high reputation for his work in 1981 “Shisen”, capturing boys and girls hanging around in towns, and has continued to observe towns and people.

The second part will be a discussion session. Three speakers, including Prof Yasuo Kobayashi, will have a discussion on the “eyes” from the 60s to the present day under the theme “Towns, Young People, and Knowledge”.

17:00-19:00 Lecture
19:15-20:00 Discussion Session

Language: Japanese | Admission Free | No Registration Required
(Numbered tickets will be distributed from 4:30pm as we expect the venue to
be crowded.There will be about 70 seats and standing room.)


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