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Artist Talk - Tadasu Takamine

20 Jun 2011

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6.30pm

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This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please email your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk.nd but

The Japan Foundation

London, United Kingdom

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  • Nearest tube station is Russell Square.

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Artist Talk - Tadasu Takamine Body, Mind, Expression Japanese artist Tadasu Takamine, formerly a member of radical performance group Dumb Type, continues to take a similarly radical, and often confrontational, approach to his work. In installation and performance, as well as theatrical productions, Takamine uses a variety of approaches and range of media including images, sound, and 3D objects, placing him in a unique position as an artist who is impossible to classify or pigeonhole. One commonality which can often be seen in his work though is an awareness of the relation between the body and expression. Takamine's consciousness of social and political issues is also very much at the centre of his work and he is not one to shy away from challenging the viewer. This can be seen in his Venice Bienniale exhibit God Bless America (2002) and in Kimura-san (1998). Some of Takamine's works have been the subject of criticism due to his bold and blunt expressions, as well as its often intimate and personal nature. In this talk and following conversation with Prof. Fran Lloyd, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Kingston University we have a chance to hear from Takamine about his unique artistic career and philosophy. This event also offers an opportunity to explore issues such as artistic expression and communication between the artist and society. This event has been organised in association with Ikon Gallery and The Opera Group. The Tadasu Takamine exhibition Too Far to See at Ikon and his design work on the opera Seven Angels are both supported by the Japan Foundation.

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