2-day seminar about Japanese photography form the Meiji period

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The 1st day of the seminar takes place January 23rd, 2014 from 13.00 to 17.00 at The National Museum of Denmark, (Ny Vestergade 10, 1471 Copenhagen K) in Banquet Room 1st floor. Free admission. (Capacity 180)

The 2nd day of the seminar takes place January 24th, 2014 from 10.00 – 14.30 at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Kgs. Nytorv 1, 1050 Copenhagen K) in Auditorium of the SCHOOL OF MEDIA ART. Free admission. (Capacity 50)

Tica Proba

As part of the exhibition “Girl with Parasol”, The National Museum of Denmark is currently (until April 28th 2014) showing a selection of Japanese hand-colored photographs from Ceschin-Pilone/ Fagioli Photographic Collection. In connection to this exhibition and with support from the Danish Agency for Culture, The National Museum of Denmark, The II Museo delle Culture – Lugano and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts have collaborated on creating a 2-day seminar about Japanese photography form the Meiji period and its rich cultural historical and artistic significance. The invited speakers will share their knowledge on Japanese photography in order to give the audience an impression of central questions from their professional and cultural fields. The seminar takes the exhibited artworks as a starting point for introducing the audience to Japanese visual culture and photography. The artworks will also be contextualized within the framework of globetrotter tourist industry, which has had a significant importance for the Western view of Japan. The seminar is going to present the Japanese aesthetic universe, its technical elements and ideographic methods, and it is doing so with the intention of connecting to contemporary art. The cultural and visual approach to an interpretation of Japanese art from the 19th century is in fact an important part of visual anthropology, because visual anthropology has to deal with central differences between Oriental and Occidental aesthetics and art.

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PROGRAM January 23, 2014

13:00-13:15 Welcoming by Christian Sune Pedersen, Keeper at The National Museum of Denmark

14:15-13:45 Introduction to the collaboration between Museo delle Culture in Lugano, The Royal Danish Art Academy and The National Museum of Denmark by Martin Petersen, Curator, Senior Researcher, PhD at The National Museum of Denmark, Paolo Campione, Director of II Museo delle Culture in Lugano, and Carsten Juhl, Head of The Theory-Department at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

13:45-14:15 Visual Culture in Japan around 1900 by Gunhild Borggreen, Associate Professor at The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at The University of Copenhagen

15 minutes coffee break

14:30-15:00 Introduction to the actual collection and to technical photographic issues typical for the Yokohama School by Moira Luraschi, researcher in charge of the Japanese photographs collection at Museo delle Culture in Lugano

15:00-15:30 Intersections between globetrotter travel and commercial tourist photography by Allen Hockley, Chair, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program, Associate Professor, Department of Art History at Dartmouth College

30 minutes break

16:15-16:45 Introduction and vernacularization of photography in the nineteenth century Japan by Morihiro SATOW, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture in the Faculty of Design at Kyoto Seika University

16:45-17:00 Questions

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January 24, 2014

10:00-10:15 Introduction by Tijana Miskovic, Research Project Coordinator at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

10:15-10:45 Some differences concerning spiritual investments in visual art between occidental and oriental aesthetics by Carsten Juhl, Head of The Theory-Department at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

10:45-11:15 Technical and ideographic methods in the Yokohama School by Paolo Campione, Director at Museo delle Culture in Lugano

11:15-11:45 What did globetrotters see in early Japanese photographs? by Allen Hockley, Chair, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program, Associate Professor, Department of Art History at Dartmouth College

11:45-12:00 Short questions

12:00-13:00 Lunch break

13:00-13:30 Bridging Japanese aesthetics from 19th century with contemporary art by Miwako Tezuka, Director, Japan Society Gallery in New York

13:30-14:00 Tourism, Photography and Expositions: Yokohama Shashin and the Visual Culture of the Late 19th Century by Morihiro SATOW, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture in the Faculty of Design at Kyoto Seika University

14:00-14:30 Questions

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For more information about the seminar, please contact Tijana Miskovic, tijana.miskovic@gmail.com, +45 30239008 

Photos by Thierry Wieleman and Ismar Cikinagic Mali 7