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Nov
7
Thu
2019
Cosmogenesis by Hiroe Saeki @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Nov 7 2019 – Jan 31 2020 all-day
Cosmogenesis by Hiroe Saeki @ Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to host Hiroe Saeki’s first UK solo show.

Hiroe Saeki’s work inhabits a liminal zone on the edges of the perceivable: monochromatic explorations of the subject of beauty in nature, delicate drawings with a weightless quality, sparse compositions evoking traditional aesthetics. Like a photograph, the totality of the artwork and the detail are valued equally.

The void is inherent in her work, allowing the microscopic and macroscopic viewpoint to coexist. Thus her chosen tool is the pencil: ephemeral because it can be erased, fluid because it is undefined, emancipating because there is no outline to follow.

In this exhibition, she presents a new body of work with graphite and water. The powdered graphite travels through capillaries of water: settling where and when the water evaporates, to be absorbed by the land of paper. The resulting surfaces recall water-carved planetary landscapes.

Saeki’s practice evokes associations with biological or mineral forms, such as geological sediments. Exquisite, miniscule lines take us to the nano level of the cellular structure of organisms. Combined with the serendipitous nature of her new graphite process, they take on a sense of the cosmic. This new work coalesces her vision of the world into a yearning to interconnect with the universe at all its scales.

Admission free

Monday – Friday 9.30AM – 5PM

Hiroe Saeki (b. 1978, Osaka) currently lives and works in Berlin. Notable exhibitions include: Abstract and Empathy, Pola Museum, Tokyo 2019; Visions of Exchange: Daimler Contemporary, Berlin 2018; It’s Our Permanent Collection!, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo 2016; Now Japan, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort 2013 and the 242nd Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London 2010. Awarded Grants include: POLA Art Foundation Program of Overseas Study 2014; Daimler Foundation, Artist-in-residence Berlin 2010 and The VOCA Encouragement Prize in 2006. Collections: MoMA, New York; The Daimler Art Collection; Deutsche Bank; Doron Sebbag; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Miniature Museum (Netherlands); Toyota Art Collection; The UBS Art Collection.

Image credits: Untitled 2019, Pencil and graphite and acrylic and acrylic ink and Japanese ink on paper, 39x54cm © Hiroe Saeki

Private View: Cosmogenesis by Hiroe Saeki @ The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Nov 7 all-day
Private View: Cosmogenesis by Hiroe Saeki @ The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The Private View is a chance to have a first look at the exhibition Cosmogenesis by the Berlin-based Japanese artist Hiroe Saeki.

Hiroe Saeki’s work inhabits a liminal zone on the edges of the perceivable: monochromatic explorations of the subject of beauty in nature, delicate drawings with a weightless quality, sparse compositions evoking traditional aesthetics. Like a photograph, the totality of the artwork and the detail are valued equally.

The void is inherent in her work, allowing the microscopic and macroscopic viewpoint to coexist. Thus her chosen tool is the pencil: ephemeral because it can be erased, fluid because it is undefined, emancipating because there is no outline to follow.

In this exhibition, she presents a new body of work with graphite and water. The powdered graphite travels through capillaries of water: settling where and when the water evaporates, to be absorbed by the land of paper. The resulting surfaces recall water-carved planetary landscapes.

Saeki’s practice evokes associations with biological or mineral forms, such as geological sediments. Exquisite, miniscule lines take us to the nano level of the cellular structure of organisms. Combined with the serendipitous nature of her new graphite process, they take on a sense of the cosmic. This new work coalesces her vision of the world into a yearning to interconnect with the universe at all its scales.

Sixth Form Japan Day @ SOAS, University of London
Nov 7 @ 10:20 am – 4:00 pm

The Japan Society, in association with Ritsumeikan (UK) and SOAS (University of London), is pleased to once again invite Sixth Form students to attend the Sixth Form Japan Day. So please save the date! FREE – this event is free of charge to schools and 6th Form students.

The Sixth Form Japan Day is designed to give insights into aspects of Japan, traditional and modern, through lectures and practical workshops. It is aimed at students who are studying Japanese, but will also be of interest to Sixth Form students who have not had the opportunity to study formally at school, but who are considering taking Japanese studies (or Japanese alongside other subjects) at university.

On the day, we will be once again holding a University Exhibition during the lunch break (12:50-13:50). This is a unique opportunity for Sixth Form students to ask questions and hear first-hand from universities offering Japanese Studies courses.

Further details and the booking form for the 2019 Sixth Form Japan Day will be available soon.

At the Cutting Edge: Susie Ibarra, Sunn Trio & ICHI @ Café OTO
Nov 7 @ 7:30 pm
At the Cutting Edge: Susie Ibarra, Sunn Trio & ICHI @ Café OTO

At the Cutting Edge: Experimental Sounds of Asia, presented by the Bagri Foundation, is a series of concerts celebrating new music from across Asia and the diaspora, performed by natural collaborators and influenced by cross-arts forms.

The first night will see a night of improvisation and exploration. The acclaimed, avant-garde Filipina-American composer, percussionist, and sound artist Susie Ibarra, will perform a set of pieces built around rhythmic cycles; a type of meditation which will weave through tempos, melodies, textures and phrases that move through various rhythms and polyrhythms. Susie has only performed in the UK once before so this will be a rare chance to see her incredible live set.

The Arizona-based band Sunn Trio will play an improvised jazz and desert-rock set, experimenting with the Afghan instrument, the Rubab, alongside a guest musician. Inspired by Indo-Arabian sounds and Middle Eastern guitar music, the band is headed up by guitarist Joel Robinson and takes many forms from solo to quartet to a sextet, depending on the space. The concert also coincides with the release of their latest album.

One man band extraordinaire ICHI, from Nagoya in Japan, will give a live performance using his own quirky homemade instruments. These often include (Stilt-bass, Kalilaphone, Balloon-pipes, Hatbox-pedal-drum, Tapumpet, Percussion-shoes and Hattrick-hat) with steel-drum, ping-pong balls, typewriter, toys and everyday objects. To see ICHI live is to witness something so playful and unusual you know that you’re experiencing something entirely new, it is fun it is danceable, it is exciting.

Nov
11
Mon
2019
Minyo Crusaders @ The Jazz Cafe
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm

Minyo Crusaders rework traditional Japanese folk songs (minyō) with Latin, African and Caribbean rhythms to create some of the most infectious music anywhere between Latin America and Japan. The punchy and inventive arrangements of this ten-piece big band seamlessly blend Afro-Cuban and Caribbean rhythms with old Japanese minyōto create a compellingly modern sound. Since label Mais Um released the band’s debut album Echoes of Japan in April the acclaim has been universal.

The band’s sound could be described as having a retro Japanese feel influenced by a a hefty dose of worldwide music. Otemoyan, a well-known folk song from southern Kumamoto Prefecture about a young maiden marrying a man with a pockmarked face, is reshaped into a reggae track with dub sensibilities. Akita Nikata Bushi from northern Akita Prefecture takes its cue from Ethiopian funk, while Fukuoka Prefecture’s Tanko Bushi swings to the sound of boogaloo. All the while, however, minyō’s distinctive stylised form of singing is maintained, providing a sense of authenticity despite the melange of rhythms.

For more information visit: www.comono.co.uk/live/minyo-crusaders/

 

The Japan Society Book Club @ The Japan Society
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm

apan Society Book Club 2018Join us on the second Monday of each month for the Japan Society Book Club. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.

There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book.

Visit the website to see which book will be the focus each month.

Booking Information

Please contact the Japan Society office on tel: 020 3075 1996 or email: events@japansociety.org.uk to book a place on any of our events. When emailing, please include the event title in the subject line.
Alternatively you can book online via our online booking form.

Nov
12
Tue
2019
The London Japanese Language Meetup @ All Bar One
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Please note to cover costs there is a £1 entry charge on the door.

ミートアップの会場が変わります! 新しい会場は:
All Bar One , 108 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1HD

There is good space to chat to people in Japanese and English. It is very informal and there is a friendly crowd.

日英ミートアップパーティー ~定期イベントのお知らせ~ 日本語で:The London Japanese Language Meetup group webpage: http://www.meetup.com/japanese-34/

Nov
14
Thu
2019
At the Cutting Edge: Phew, O YAMA O and haihm w/ Bongsu Park @ Café OTO
Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm
At the Cutting Edge: Phew, O YAMA O and haihm w/ Bongsu Park @ Café OTO

At the Cutting Edge: Experimental Sounds of Asia, presented by the Bagri Foundation,
is a series of concerts celebrating new music from across Asia and the diaspora, performed by natural collaborators and influenced by cross-arts forms.

The Bagri Foundation is pleased to bring together some fantastic collaborators for an evening of electronic, ambient music from Japan, South Korea and London. Japanese underground legend Phew headlines the evening, performing a solo set which celebrates the music she has created over her lengthy career, from jazz to punk and everything in between.

Featured as a Showcasing Artist at SXSW 2016, this will be the first performance in the UK by Seoul-based electronic producer and composer haihm, who is also releasing a new album this autumn. She will be presenting a new work with London-based Korean visual artist Bongsu Park, commissioned especially for At the Cutting Edge.

Café OTO regulars, O YAMA O, inspired by the folk music of Japan, will open the evening with a collaborative set exploring their unique combination of sounds from found object percussion to electronic loops.

Nov
15
Fri
2019
The Language Show @ Olympia London
Nov 15 – Nov 17 all-day

Whether you’re learning a language, teaching languages, using languages professionally or simply love language, you’ll find resources, help and advice; ways to learn, ways to teach, inspiration and entertainment.

Three days packed with loads of exhibitors, educational seminars, language taster classes and cultural performances…all free to attend.

Visit the Language Show if…

 

You’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced language leaner
You’re a language teacher at any level
You’re a linguist who simply loves languages
You’re looking to find a job with languages
You’re passionate about foreign travel, dance, culture and cuisine.

Nov
17
Sun
2019
AMI YAMASAKI + CHARLIE COLLINS & GUESTS @ Iklectik
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm
AMI YAMASAKI + CHARLIE COLLINS & GUESTS @ Iklectik

Ami Yamasaki & Charlie Collins + guests

Ami Yamasaki & Charlie Collins, on a short tour marking Yamasaki’s UK debut, arrive at Iklectik for the final performance, where after a short duo set they will be joined by Beatrix Ward-Fernandez and Derek Saw.

Ami Yamasaki – voice
Charlie Collins – waterphone & percussion
with
Beatrix Ward-Fernandez – theremin
Derek Saw – trumpets & flugelhorn

AMI YAMASAKI is a vocalist and cross-media artist from Tokyo. She creates installations, performance pieces, and films. With primal vocals and movement, Yamasaki explores the relationship between us and our universe. Her art explores a fundamental question: “How does the world construct itself” For her, the asking of this question is a love letter to life itself, more important than any answers that it yields.

Ami sings as she works, and the patterns she creates are a direct response to acoustic feedback she receives. She sings, and listens, and “little by little, the space begins to make its own music.”
As a vocalist she has collaborated with Ryuchi Sakamoto, psychedelic rock icon Keiji Haino, Yasunao Tone, Ikue Mori, Carl Stone, and Ned Rothenberg among many others, and provided original music for choreographer Makoto Matsushima. Her elaborate installations have been featured in art spaces across Japan, while her short films have evoked a passionate response, and received critical acclaim.

CHARLIE COLLINS is a creative percussionist, free polyrhythmic drummer, and sound artist, based in the UK. His work continues to explore the boundaries between pure sound and rhythm, frequently incorporating metal percussion and free improvisation. Early recordings for cult labels Industrial, Fetish, and Doublevision were soon followed by collaborations with many of the pioneers of free improvisation, while his interest in East Asian percussion and rhythm technique is displayed in current work with komungo player Eun-Jung Kim, pianist Yoko Miura, visual artist Bongsu Park, composer Ryoko Akama, vocalist Ami Yamasaki, and Butoh dancers Mushimaru Fujieda and Tsukasa Kamidate. He is one of a handful of musicians to have played both Derek Bailey’s Company Week and Top Of The Pops.