Akira Takayama “McDonald’s Radio University”

Misa Shin Gallery

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[image: Takayama Akira, McDonald’s Radio University, 2017, Frankfurt.]

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Akira Takayama is a theater director and artist who embraces a broad range of non-conventional performance methods in a bid to expand the concept of theater within contemporary society. They include installations, touring performances, social experimentation projects, discourse events, sightseeing tours, videos, and many other approaches.

McDonald’s Radio University is a project that transforms branches of McDonald’s restaurant across a city into lecture spaces, creating a citywide university. The professors are immigrants or refugees who have had to leave their home countries, and the students are people who walk into a McDonald’s and order a lecture along with a burger and a coke.

The McDonald’s Radio University at Misa Shin Gallery takes place not in an actual McDonald’s restaurant, but in a re-creation of one. The professors are people who participate as Tokyo tour guides in Takayama’s New Tokyo School Excursion Project: Japanese Orphans in China Edition. They are some of the people who, as children, had been left behind in China when their Japanese families were repatriated at the end of the Second World War. Adopted by local families and growing up in China, many faced discrimination after moving to Japan. In addition to this line-up, there will be ten lectures selected from the twenty-five delivered in Frankfurt and Berlin. The exhibition opens on a public holiday, Friday November 23rd, and exhibition visitors will be able to hear the professors speaking live on that first day.

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from November 23, 2018 to February 02, 2019

Opening Reception on 2018-11-23 from 18:00 to 20:00

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