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チェックと日本の現代美術界についての感想

Japanese Design Milieu

2009年8月7日


I’m no expert on design in Japan, but you can count the experts on Japanese contemporary art and design in Denmark on one hand, so I was recently asked to write an essay about the subject for the catalogue of a new exhibition in Copenhagen on Danish and Japanese design that is opening today. Both Japanese officials and European enthusiasts like to present Japanese design in terms of a classical “nihonjinron” of aesthetic virtues, such as minimalism and craft, as well as a “genius” for the harmony of “ancient/modern”, “nature/artifice”, “emotion/reason” and so on. But being a sociologist, I think some of the extraordinary originality of Japanese contemporary design, fashion, and architecture lies in the specific economic and social conditions of the pre- and post-bubble periods in Japan. Anyway, that’s what I argue in my essay, which you can find here:

http://www.second-nature.dk/index.php?id=1720&L=1

There is also lots of information about the exhibition here, which features some key art/design figures such as Yuichi Higashionna (above), whose work has been seen recently at Roppongi Crossing 2 (2007) and also at the Comme des Garcons boutique on Omotesando.

For insights on the Japanese design scene, I generally rely on the two most well-known “gaijin” bloggers, Jean Snow and W.David Marx (neojaponisme), who have been following the scene for years and do brilliant work.

http://jeansnow.net/

http://neojaponisme.com/

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