In this symposium, prominent Australian and Japanese artists, cultural commentators and scholars speak about their personal relationship with an object that embodies a connection between Japan and Australia. They reflect on their own role as intermediaries between Australia and Japan and Australia in their own professional worlds. As narrators, creators, distributors, interpreters and consumers of these objects, they – and we – are transforming everyday life and cultural and artistic practices in each country.
- Professor Kazue Nakamura, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, Meiji University
- Ryuhei Nadatani, Director, Public Program, Toyoma Glass Centre, Japan
- Lesley Kehoe, Director, Lesley Kehoe Galleries
- Doug Hall AM, Writer; Director, Queensland Art Galleryǀ GOMA 1987-2007; and Commissioner for the Australian exhibitions, Venice Biennale, 2009 and 2011
- Dr Emerald King, Lecturer in Japanese, La Trobe University and Cosplayer
- John McBride AM, philanthropist, art patron and tea master in the Omotesenke tea tradition.
- Kaye Green, artist and lithographer, Hobart
- Savanhdary Vongpoothorn, award-winning visual artist and guest curator
- Dr Chaitanya Sambrani, ANU Centre for Art History and Theory, and curator
- Melinda Smith, Australian poet and emerging translator for Japanese poetry
- Ryan van Leent, resident instructor of the ACT Shotokan Karate Dojo
- Dr Sasha Mikheyev, evolutionary biologist, ANU Research School of Biology
- Dr Juan Felipe Torres, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Dr Kirsten Farrell, Artist and Deputy Manager, Research Services, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Plus many more
This symposium is presented by the ANU Japan Institute and the ANU School of Art and Design, and supported by the Embassy of Japan.
This event is free and open to the public.