Online Lecture: From The Portapak to The Aniputer: Experimentation and Exchange in Early Japanese Video Art [Wednesday, June 24, 7:30 PM EDT]

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Dear H-Japan Members,

On Wednesday, June 24, please join us for an online lecture presented by the Japan Foundation, Toronto. 

In 1972, Canadian artist Michael Goldberg helped to organize Japan's first video art exhibition. This spirit of transnational cooperation and exchange through art is the topic of our June 24 lecture with curator and writer Jesse Cumming. The lecture is informed by research recently conducted through a Japan Foundation fellowship and outlines the role of collaboration and experimentation in the first two decades of Japanese video art. Artists and collectives to be discussed include Video Earth Tokyo, Video Hiroba, Keigo Yamamoto, Michael Goldberg, Taki Bluesinger, and more. 

Register for free here:

This online event is open to interested viewers around the world. 

Date and time : Wednesday, June 24, 7:30 PM (EDT) / 4:30 PM (PDT)

About the lecturer: Jesse Cumming is a freelance curator, researcher, and writer based in Toronto, Canada. He has curated, co-curated, and presented programs with MoMA, Anthology Film Archives, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Art Toronto, The City of Vancouver Archives, and more. From 2014 to 2016 he contributed to Toronto experimental film and media programming collective Pleasure Dome and from 2016 to 2019 served as a Programming Associate with TIFF. He presently sits on the steering committee of the Toronto Film & Media Seminar and is a founding collective member of MICE Magazine, a web and print publication dedicated to Moving Image Culture, Etc. In 2020, he became one of the first Japan Foundation/Ishibashi Foundation Fellows in Canada.

- The Japan Foundation, Toronto