Special Exhibition “Shifting the Everyday – The Japanese Everyday as Witnessed in JOJOLION” at Lucca Comics and Games 2014.
An exhibition the Shifting the Everyday is being organized for Lucca Comics and Games 2014, Europe’s oldest comic festival, which will be taking place in Lucca, Italy from Saturday 18 October to Sunday 2 November.
Japan Media Arts Festival Special Exhibition
“Shifting the Everyday – The Japanese Everyday as Witnessed in JOJOLION”
Period：Saturday18 October – Sunday2November 2014
Venue：Palazzo Ducale – Piazza Napoleone, 1, Lucca, Italy
Organizer：Lucca Comics and Games
Co-organizer：Japan Media Arts Festival
Planning Director：ITO Yu (Research assistant, International Manga Research Center, Kyoto Seika University)
Project advisor：YOSHIOKA Hiroshi（Professor，Aesthetics and Art Theory, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University）
MOURI Yoshitaka（Sociology, Musical Creativity and the Environment, Tokyo University of the Artsy）
Theme and Plan
Manga and animation are usually viewed as entertainment rather than art in Japan. And they usually tend to be consumed in the midst of everyday activities, much in the same manner as eating a meal or taking a bath. Manga books are commonly found in restaurants, and people often read them in the bath or toilet.
The “everyday” has very much been a theme for contemporary art in Japan since the 2000s. The artists often slightly modify everyday objects. Their slightly different take on the “everyday” provides us with a critical perspective. The “everyday” could be regarded as the keyword in the present drawing together of entertainment (in the form of manga and animation) and art.
The significance of the media arts lies not just in providing parallels, but in providing the slightly different take on the everyday found in contemporary art to the everyday around us.
Gaining an awareness that popular culture in the form of manga, animation, and games, which merely seem to be products for entertainment, can also be a critical tool for a slightly different perspective on the everyday is one of the objectives of this exhibition. Visitors will hopefully recognize that this tool very much exists around them in the everyday, rather than in art museums and difficult philosophical tracts.
The exhibition will feature the manga JOJOLION by Hirohiko ARAKI, the animated productions of The Tatami Galaxy by Masaaki YUASA and Airy Me by Yoko KUNO, as well as a series of videos JSCO, H2Orzx and Yamanomichi by SHINCHIKA. They provide a slightly different vantage point on the everyday.
Planning Director：ITO Yu
ITO Yu (Research Assistant, International Manga Research Center, Kyoto Seika University)
Born 1974. Ph.D course Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University. Specializes in manga and folklore. Interested in manga and museums and methodology for the study of modern social phenomena that is the basis for study of everyday objects around us. Currently research assistant at International Manga Research Center, Kyoto Seika University. Involved in numerous manga exhibitions at the Kyoto International Manga Museum and other venues. Co-author of Manga Myujium he ikou (Iwanami Shoten, 2014), Yokaiga no Fukei (Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2009). Directed exhibitions of manga by Fujio Akatsuka (2011), and manga by Seiki Tsuchida (2014)