Nicolas Bourriaud Special Lecture “The Relational Landscape of the 21st Century: Art Between Human and Non-Human Spheres”

Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueno Campus

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Department of Arts Studies and Curatorial Practices at Graduate School of Global Arts in Tokyo University of the Arts is pleased to announce that we will invite Professor Nicolas Bourriaud, an internationally renowned curator and writer, as Special Guest Professor, and that we will hold a following series of special lectures, including a pre-study lecture on the works of Professor to be delivered by Dr Futoshi Hoshino. All are open to the general public, as well as to all the TUA students and faculty members, and will be conducted at our Ueno Campus.
Professor Bourriaud coined the term “Esthétique relationnelle / Relational Aesthetics” in 1995, prior to the opening of the exhibition Traffic he curated in 1996, as a phrase to express idiosyncracies of certain contemporary art works. Later in 1998, he published a book under the same title. Also, at a “Manifesto” released on the occasion of his 2009 exhibition Altermodern, he deeply examined possibilities of art as ‘a reaction’ against cultural standardizations, mass productions and commercialisms expanded in the contexts of further globalization of our age, and recounted on ‘cultural translations’ ‘nomadism’ et al. which mediated a wide range of hybridized cultures and their formats. These words and thoughts have been translated into many languages and have been widely spread around the world, whilst offering immerse impacts and influences and creating critical opportunities where numerous new interpretations and various theoretical discussions on today’s art were made possible. Professor has been also known as a Founder/Co-Director of Palais de Tokyo, a contemporary art space in Paris from 1999 till 2006, and as Director of École Supérieure des Beaux Arts Paris from 2006-2015, and is currently working as Director of MoCo – Montpellier Contemporain – a large-scale art complex in Montpellier, France, including an art museum to be opened in 2019.
These special lectures will be the professor’s first-time lectures in Japan. The three lectures are all admission free; no prior bookings required; the seats will be available on the first-come-first-served basis. (In English with Japanese interpretation).

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January 08, 2018 from 15:00 to 17:00

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