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Why Collaborate?—Why Fukushima? Dance, Photography, History

A cool presentation happening tomorrow:

In this presentation, Visiting Artist in Dance and the College of East Asian Studies Eiko Otake and Professor of History, East Asian Studies, Science in Society, and Environmental Studies William Johnston will show images from their third visit to Fukushima in August 2016, five years after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns of March 2011. They will discuss how they have collaborated in the conceptualization, execution, curation, and presentation of the resulting images as installations that include both prints and videos. The images at the core of this generative process act not only in capturing the residue of the performances but also as part of the generative process that informs subsequent dimensions of this ongoing project.

The exhibition “A Body in Fukushima” was on display in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery from February through May 2015.

Date: Thursday, November 17th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)
MORE INFO HERE

Artist Talk and Opening Receptions with Eiko Otake and William Johnston

a-body-in-fukushima_eventFrom CFA staffer Andrew Chatfield:

After a 5:30pm artist talk with dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston about their collaboration for the exhibition “A Body in Fukushima,” a walking tour of the Erza and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Davison Art Center, and College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center will begin at CFA Hall at 6pm, with a reception in each location.

Date: Thursday, February 5
(Snow Date: Tuesday, February 10)
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM
Place: CFA Hall

“A Body in Fukushima”

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Straight from Andrew Chatfield:

“A Body in Fukushima” is a haunting series of color photographs and videos presented in a groundbreaking exhibition across all three of Wesleyan’s galleries. Last year, dancer-choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer-historian William Johnston followed abandoned train tracks through desolate stations into eerily vacant towns and fields in Fukushima, Japan. Following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the explosions of the Daiichi nuclear plant made the area uninhabitable. Sometimes in vulnerable gestures and at other times in a fierce dance, Ms. Otake embodies grief, anger, and remorse. Mr. Johnston’s crystalline images capture her with the cries of the Fukushima landscapes. “By placing my body in these places,” she says, “I thought of the generations of people who used to live there. I danced so as not to forget.” A project of witness, remembrance, and empathy, “A Body in Fukushima” grapples with the reality of human failure. As Mr. Johnston writes, “By witnessing events and places, we actually change them and ourselves in ways that may not always be apparent but are important.”

William Johnston is Professor of History and East Asian Studies at Wesleyan, and Eiko Otake is Visiting Artist in the Dance Department and the College of East Asian Studies.

Locations/Dates:

South Gallery, Erza and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
Tuesday, February 3 through Sunday, March 1, 2015
Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-5pm

Davison Art Center, 301 High Street, Middletown, Connecticut
Tuesday, February 3 through Thursday, March 5, 2015
Tuesday-Sunday Noon-4pm

College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center, 343
Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
Tuesday, February 3 through Sunday, May 24, 2015
Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-4pm
Closed Friday, March 6 through Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Date: February 3rd through May 24th
Place: Across all three of Wesleyan’s Galleries!
Cost: Free!

Buddhist Artwork exhibit at East Asian Studies Center

buddhist_qb17593Check out the Buddhist art exhibit, on display for most of this semester at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies (that really nice house with the Zen garden on the corner of Washington Terrace and Wyllys Avenue). From Abby Blake ’10:

Enlightening Images: Buddhist Art Work

Buddhism has been a rich inspiration for artists, and Buddhist art in turn has helped believers to understand and practice their religion better. This exhibition brings together a set of Japanese temple woodcuts, Tibetan prints and contemporary photographs all of which explore the involving, ancient iconographic traditions of East Asian Buddhism.

The center is open daily 12-4pm and closed Mondays. It will be closed October 24-27 and November 23-30.

Date: Oct. 12 – Dec. 3
Time: 12-4 PM, every day but Monday
Place: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

Here’s Professor Bill Johnston talking about the exhibit: