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The Breathing of Maps: Transformations of the Geo-Body / Asia in Resonance 2019


Photo: Yasuhiro Tani, Courtesy of the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media[YCAM]

The Japan Foundation Asia Center will present "The Breathing of Maps" as part of Asia in Resonance 2019. This program is a reconstruction of the exhibition entitled "The Breathing of Maps" held at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM] in 2018-2019.

The history of modernization in Asia is in part a history of confrontation with the West. As a symbolic product of the modernization process, maps reveal the dramatic changes in national sovereignty, culture, economics, and folkways that transpired in Asia under the influence of the West. Maps have functioned as a visual means of generating the concepts of space and community that distinguish modern society.
Thai historian Thongchai Winichakul posits that the maps produced by modern geographers have been instrumental in forming the spatial conceptions and community (i.e. national) consciousness of Thailand as a modern nation-state. He uses the term "geo-body" to describe this concept.
Treating the geo-bodies defined by maps as dynamic, not static entities, the exhibition examines the social transformations occurring in the layers of time that lie between maps as it explores the "living geo-bodies" shaped by the ongoing accumulation of human activity.

Accompanying the exhibition will be related artworks, performances, and lectures by artists and researchers from Southeast Asia and Japan based on their own unique research into the history, culture, politics, economics, folkways, and other social phenomena of their respective countries.

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The Breathing of Maps flier

Event Details

Dates July 10, 2019 (Wed.) to July 15, 2019 (Mon.)

Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Gallery 1
Tokyo 1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Googlemap

Organizer The Japan Foundation Asia Center
Co-organized by Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Supported by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]

Installation & Video Documentation

Admission Free

July 10, 2019 (Wed.) - July 15, 2019 (Mon.)
[Open hours] 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.(July 15 closed 5:00 p.m.)
Artists / Researchers
Ho Tzu Nyen, Carlos Celdran, chi too, Farish A. Noor, Kohara Masashi, Okui Lala, Nishio Kaori, Janet Pillai

Lecture & Lecture performance & Symposium

Admission Free (signing up in advance necessary) Capacity: 100 seats each

July 10 (Wed.) 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
[Lecture performance]
Ho Rui An
Asia the Unmiraculous

July 11 (Thu.) 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
[Introduction by curators and the guest speaker]
Mark Teh & Idaka Kumiko
Special Guest: Thongchai Winichakul
Geo-Bodies Across Eras

July 12 (Fri.) 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
[Lecture performance]
Irwan Ahmett & Tita Salina
Name Laundering

July 13 (Sat.) 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
[International Symposium 2019]
Trading Places: Artists, Curators, and Exhibition Making across Multiple Contexts
Ade Darmawan, Jeebesh Bagchi, Iida Shihoko, Mark Teh, Andrew Maerkle, Che Kyongfa

July 14 (Sun.)
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Kohara Masashi
Missing Bodies and Photography
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Shiga Lieko & Shimizu Chinatsu & Nagasaki Yoshitomo

Human Spring

July 15 (Mon.) 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Furuichi Yasuko  Directed by Mark Teh

Jalan–jalan di Asia (Wandering in Asia)

To sign up
Please send the following information by e-mail with its subjects as "The Breathing of Maps"
1.Name, 2. Desired date and Title, 3. Affiliation/Occupation, 4. Phone Number, 5. E-mail address
*Please see the link below for the International Symposium
International Symposium 2019 "Trading Places" / Asia in Resonance 2019
We will send a confirmation as we received applications.

For Inquiries
Yasuko Furuichi (Ms.)
Arts, Culture, and Exchange Section 1
The Japan Foundation Asia Center
Tel: 81-3-5369-6140

Any changes to the event will be announced on the the Japan Foundation Asia Center website.

Asia in Resonance 2019

The Japan Foundation Asia Center is holding the "Asia in Resonance 2019", a series of events introducing its various cultural exchange programs between Japan and Southeast Asia. The broad range of special events includes cross-border productions of stage performances and films, an international friendly soccer match in which the ASIAN ELEVEN team of selected Southeast-Asian players will play against a team from Japan, and a "NIHONGO Partners" symposium. These events are an opportunity to enjoy the resonance created by the strengthened ties between Southeast Asia and Japan. And as well as being an opportunity to look back at the achievements of mutual cultural exchange which the Asia Center have been holding over the last five years, this festival will provide a springboard to further deepen ties between Japan and Southeast Asia.
"Asia in Resonance 2019" is scheduled to also be held in Southeast Asia.

This is the certified project of beyond 2020 program.