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"Art and Deep Time: Contemporary Art in Japan after 2011"
Thursday 6 October
Daiwa Foundation Japan House
13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle
London NW1 4QP

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Art and Deep Time will investigate the impact of contemporary Japanese art on international discussions about ‘deep time’ and the Anthropocene. It will bring together artists, curators and academics to present cutting edge research and creative practices. Following individual presentations, there will be a panel discussion, an open Q&A session and a drinks reception.

‘Deep time’ refers to geologic time – a scale of time vastly greater than the scale of human time.  In the geological timescale, the Anthropocene is the most recent period of the Earth’s history in which human activity has become the dominant influence on the climate and environment. The Anthropocene is a crucial area of research within the social sciences and the humanities, because it highlights the significance of climate change and generates critical engagement with the evolution of nuclear energy production.  
Around the world artists are making works that engage with these conversations, allowing us to consider deep time in relation to immediate human experiences.  Artists in Japan are particularly sensitive to nuclear events, not only responding to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but also to the way in which Japan has embraced atomic energy production.  Following the detonation of the first nuclear bomb in 1945, which hailed the Atomic Age, ‘the nuclear’ proliferated throughout science, popular culture and art - especially in the 1960s and 70s.  Although often represented positively, ambivalence towards nuclear power and weapons systems has persisted.  
The nuclear disaster in Fukushima acted as a game changer, provoking powerful responses within the cultural sector. Artists, writers and filmmakers continue to address nuclear energy issues and to intensify the politicization of art.  These interventions generate important questions about deep time and the nuclear Anthropocene, not just in Japan, but globally.

Panelist: Jason Waite( Independent Curator), Dr. Ele Carpenter(Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths') , Kaori Homma (Artist)  
Chaired by Jassica Holtaway (Researcher) 

This event is coordinated by Art Action UK in association with Arts Catalyst.
Art Action UK is a collective that explores ways we can show solidarity and support for people who have been affected by natural and manmade disasters. It hosts an annual respite residency for artists who live and work in areas affected by disasters.  Arts Catalyst is an arts organisation that commissions art that experimentally and critically engages with scienc
We are a collective of artists, curators, gallerists and writers who are exploring various means to show solidarity and support for people who have been affected by natural and manmade disasters. The 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami and subsequent Fukushima nuclear fallout has been the catalyst for Art Action UK.

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