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Living Under Radiation - The Role of Arts After 3.11 Fukushima

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

41 E 11th St, Gallery

A discussion with Yoshihide Otomo

Wednesday, November 16th

@ the Department of East Asian Studies
41 East 11th Street
7th floor, Gallery

Free and open to the public.  Reception to follow.

In the wake of Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster in March, musician Yoshihide Otomo began organizing "Project Fukushima!" - an open-ended autonomous movement for people to create and express ideas in diverse media, and learn about radiation-specific science to tackle the invisible threats of radiation that has been contaminating the vast area of Japan. In August, they organized an outdoor music festival in Fukushima not far from the still leaking nuclear power plant, whose planning was accompanied by daily radiation monitoring in the outdoor venue. Hear Otomo speak of the reasons for this project, the controversies surrounding it, and the prospects for art, music, and recovery in Fukushima.

Otomo Yoshihide is a pioneering composer of noise, house, new jazz and other musical forms in Japan and internationally. As an ethnomusicologist, he has studied, among other things, the development of musical instruments in China's cultural revolution.

Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Studies, the Japan Society, and Todos Somos Japan.