SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

Approaching Art and Design from Asia: Questions of Method, Between Art and Design

The list of speakers are confirmed in the programme

Date: 3 March 2012Time: 10:30 AM

Finishes: 3 March 2012Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G2

Type of Event: Symposium

A number of recent projects have begun to trouble the distinction between art and design.  When seen in and from Asia, not only do the two begin to blur, they also raise questions about the usual procedures brought to their study.  Asian objects do not always conform to the normal theories and methods of art and design history.  They can therefore trouble the assumptions of the latter in interesting and productive ways.

'This workshop is part of a two-day event, Approaching Art and Design from Asia, which will explore the implications of Asian objects and practices for art and design history.  The details for 2 March, a young researcher's workshop comprising new work on Japan, can be found here.

  • Angus Lockyer, SOAS
  • Haruhiko Fujita, Osaka University
Session 1
  • Kenji Igawa, Osaka University, ‘Images of Franciscans in Nanban Screens’
  • Glenn Adamson, Victoria and Albert Museum, ‘Ai Weiwei's Tragic Craft’
  • Comment.  Christine Guth, V&A
Session 2
  • Sona Datta, British Museum, South Asia: crafting beauty and the paradox of modernity
  • Yunah Lee, University of Brighton, ‘Korean design in local and global frames’
  • Comment.  Angus Lockyer, SOAS
Session 3
  • Dagmar Schaefer, University of Manchester, ‘Technology by design: planning arts and crafts in the Qing era’
  • Yan-ki Lee, RCA, ‘The ingenuity of ageing’
  • Comment.  Sarah Teasley, RCA
17.00Closing remarks

Young Researchers’ Workshop: New Work on Japan

Friday 2 March.  Further details 

Organiser: Centres & Programmes Office

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