The International Conference
Japan – Film – Theatre – Media Art – East and West:
In the postwar period, Japanese performing arts and ﬁlmmaking underwent rapid and profound transformations. Following the era of accelerated modernisation, during which Japan had been quickly absorbing cultural inﬂuences and patterns imported from the West, a slew of innovative avant-garde theatre and ﬁlm artists of the 1960s began revisiting and reexamining their own cultural backgrounds and legacies. This strong counter-reaction was also related to Japan’s postwar political landscape, as well as the country’s military dependence on the United States and the social turmoil that it bred. The prominent Japanese theatre and ﬁlm innovations, developed over the course of the turbulent 1960s, became part of the worldwide cultural processes and have remained interrelated with their counterparts elsewhere, also in Poland, ever since. The conference builds upon this tradition of exploration and innovation, which often involved searching for roots and regenerations. It celebrates and examines the intersections of contemporary Japanese-Western theatre, ﬁlm, and media art, including direct artistic collaborations and major impacts on both sides, as well as non-immediate inﬂuences and distant reverberations.
Dr. Jadwiga Rodowicz-Czechowska, Polish-Japanese Theatre Exchanges: Their Background and Results
The ﬁrst production of a nō drama in Poland was staged in Warsaw in May 1980. Over a decade later, director Andrzej Wajda staged a production of Yukio Mishima’s Five Modern Nō Plays in Krakow. Designed by Krystyna Zachwatowicz, the costumes were probably the most manifest element of Japanese culture in Wajda’s interpretation. Such propensity for using different Japanese tropes without much relation to the source material can also be observed in some productions of the Gardzienice Theatre. Following the translation of some nō dramas into Polish, a handful of emerging directors took on producing them for the stage. Examples include Kaya Kołodziejczyk’s 2012 dance theatre piece Oh Nō – Izutsu, based on Zeami’s play and performed by Kołodziejczyk’s U/LOI collective, and the Agata Dyczko-directed adaptation of Suma Bay, based on ﬁve nō texts. Alongside these productions, original Polish nō dramas were being written and adapted for the stage in both Poland and Japan. This talk will trace and analyse different types of inﬂuences of classical forms of Japanese theatre on selected contemporary Polish productions.
teaches at the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. She studied nō under Kanze Shizuo and Koyama Hiroshi. Between 1979-90, she was an actress and project co-leader with the Gardzienice Theatre. Her work as a diplomat and later Polish Ambassador to Japan brought her honours and recognition from both the Polish and Japanese governments. She has written extensively on Japanese nō theatre and translated nō dramas and Zeami’s treatises into Polish. She authored the ﬁrst Polish nō plays (2009, 2012), later staged in Poland and Japan. The 2014 premiere of her Chinkon/Repose of Souls was attended by Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress. She is also a theatre director.
Dr. Jakub Karpoluk, Nō Theatre Interconnected
Theatrical interconnections typically emanate from efforts of ensembles working beyond their home countries, the use of transcultural elements in stage productions, and the collaboration of artists hailing from different cultural contexts. Paradoxically, nowadays these approaches also apply to the highly conventional Japanese nō theatre. The last few decades saw the development of a number of transcultural and transnational shinsaku nō (newly written) projects, including Nekyia nō (staged in Tokyo and Epidaurus, Greece), Chinkon/Repose of Souls (by Jadwiga Rodowicz-Czechowska, staged in Poland and Japan), and the very recent project At Jacob’s Well, a collaboration of Diethard Leopold (Vienna) and the Tessenkai Nō Theatre from Tokyo. The sheer number of these undertakings and the willingness of Japanese nō artists to participate in them prove that what we are dealing with is a genuine artistic current, which pushes the boundaries of the nō genre and introduces new ingredients into its structure. The author will trace the origins and the general form of this particular type of performance.
Jakub Karpoluk teaches at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw and at the Polish–Japanese Academy of Information Technology. A Japan Foundation fellow at the Waseda University, Tokyo, he studied nō theatre at the Kanze, Kita and Shimogakari Hōshō schools, and co-directed, produced, and performed in nō plays in Poland and Japan, including at the Tessenkai Nō Theatre in Tokyo. He also curated many artistic projects in Krakow and Warsaw.
Prof. Beata Kubiak Ho-Chi, Mishima Yukio on Stage: The Phenomenon of Mishima’s Plays in Polish Theatre
Japanese plays rarely grace the stages of Polish theatres, with works by Mishima Yukio standing as a singular exception. Several of his one-act plays, the dramas Madame de Sade and Tropical Tree, and the theatrical adaptation of Patriotism have been performed on stages across Poland for several decades now (from the 1960s onwards). What is it about Mishima’s oeuvre that keeps Polish theatre artists coming back to it? Are they drawn by the yūgen (secret beauty) aesthetics and the transient, gentle sadness of aware? Or maybe it is the opposite and they found, in the works of the cosmopolitan artist, forms and themes common to the Western worldview? This talk will reﬂect on what theatre and drama meant to Mishima himself and where he drew his inspiration from, as well as examine his individual plays and their selected adaptations produced by Polish directors.
Beata Kubiak Ho-Chi
works at the Chair of Japanese Studies of the University of Warsaw. She has published extensively on a number of subjects, including Japanese literature, aesthetics, art, and performing arts, the works of Yukio Mishima, the bunraku puppet theatre, as well as human–animal relations in Japan. Her scientiﬁc interests include modern and contemporary Japanese literature, theatre, aesthetics, arts, and animal studies.
Dr. Iwaki Kyoko, The Delegated Performances of the Dead: Beyond the Haunted Footsteps of Terayama Shūji
‘Silent Apocalypse’ is the provocative term that Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi used to illustrate the current condition of Tokyo. Whether knowingly or not, in the wake of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear disaster of March 2011, many residents of the metropolis are now living a life suffused with death. That is, the silent, invisible, and toxic threats are eroding their collective consciousness with social and physical death-ridden fear. Needless to say, Japanese theatre, including its traditional nō style, has always functioned as an apparatus through which the living could meet the non-living. Tapping into this theatre history, contemporary theatre directors such as Takayama Akira and Murakawa Takuya began developing performances that speciﬁcally designate the dead as the protagonists amidst the expansion of the ‘Silent Apocalypse.’ Considering the ricocheting of ghostly voices that are also ubiquitous in Polish theatre, this talk will, ﬁrstly, locate the two directors’ dramaturgy in line with Terayama Shūji’s city plays (shigai-geki) and letter plays (shokan engeki); and, secondly, examine their recent works through the dramaturgical scope of what could be called the ‘“delegated performances” of the dead’ (Claire Bishop).
is a JSPS post-doctoral researcher afﬁliated with the Waseda University in Tokyo. After obtaining her PhD in Theatre from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2017, she became a Visiting Scholar at the City University of New York’s Segal Center. A specialist in Japanese contemporary theatre and performance, she has published extensively on the topic. For the past 15 years, she has also worked as a theatre journalist, writing for the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
Nikodem Karolak, Transtextuality in Terayama Shūji’s Eurasian Theatre
As one of Japan’s premier avant-garde cinema and theatre innovators and the founder of the independent theatre ensemble Tenjō Sajiki, Terayama Shūji made considerable contributions to knocking down the barrier between stage and audience. Remembered as an uncompromising intellectual, unyielding workaholic, and a scandalmonger, he tirelessly reenvisaged Japanese traditions in the countercultural spirit. The artist constantly incorporated Western elements into his works: not only narrative references, but also theatre and ﬁlm doctrines themselves, merging them with traditional Japanese culture, thus becoming one of the most important representatives of Eurasian theatre in 20th century Japan. This talk focuses on the most representative pieces of Terayama’s drama/theatre and argues that they exemplify what Gérard Genette deﬁned as transtextuality, combining all of its variations: intertextuality, paratextuality, architextuality, metatextuality, and hypotextuality.
Nikodem Karolak is the Director of the Inlandimensions Festival, artist manager, ﬁlm and theatre critic, Japanese translator, and curator of international events. He is a PhD candidate at the Waseda University, Tokyo and at the AMU, Poznań. At present, he works on the book devoted to the concept of intertextuality in Terayama Shūji’s art.
Prof. Paul Allain, Suzuki Tadashi: the ‘Japanese Grotowski’ Uncovered
In his 1982 article for Performing Arts Journal, William O. Beeman observed, rather generally, that Japanese theatre director Suzuki Tadashi has been ‘identiﬁed as a kind of “Japanese Grotowski” by some European writers.’ Suzuki himself rejected this comparison and there is limited evidence of meetings between the two, direct inspiration or other connections. Nevertheless, many afﬁnities are evident, and there are quite concrete links with other directors and groups within the ‘Grotowski lineage’. This talk will introduce Suzuki’s practice and writings and analyse how this impacted not so much Jerzy Grotowski himself but rather Włodzimierz Staniewski and the Gardzienice Theatre and, later still, practitioners emerging from this group. As the author argues, theatre practice is naturally eclectic, and Western artists have long looked East. As a result, both traditional and contemporary Japanese performance has inﬂuenced contemporary European theatre, including in Poland, not least thanks to the iconoclastic ﬁgure of Suzuki with his innovative blending of the past with the present.
Paul Allain is a specialist in theatre and performance and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. He has published extensively on contemporary performance processes with a focus on Polish theatre as well as Japanese theatre director and innovator Suzuki Tadashi.
Henryk Lipszyc, Suzuki Tadashi and/at the Theatre Olympics
The main part of the presentation will be an English translation of an illuminating open conversation that the author held with Suzuki Tadashi at the 2016 Theatre Olympics in Wrocław. During their discussion, Suzuki – an acclaimed theatre innovator whose work can be situated alongside the achievements of the most prominent ﬁgures of contemporary theatre – talks about his relations with Polish theatre artists (Grotowski especially), passionately comments on the role that theatre plays in the globalization era, and explains the approach he employed in The Trojan Women, a production he ﬁrst staged in 1974 and recently brought to Poland. Answering a question from the audience, the artist also explains why he chose theatre as his main medium. The dialogue is presented courtesy of the Grotowski Institute, which organised the 2016 Theatre Olympics.
Henryk Lipszyc is a specialist in Japanese studies and Japanese translator, who taught at the Collegium Civitas and the University of Warsaw. He published articles and essays on kabuki theatre and contemporary Japanese drama in Polish and Japanese periodicals. In 1991-96, he was the Polish Ambassador to Japan and was later recognised for his service by the Japanese government and the Polish President.
Przemysław Błaszczak, Aikido in Actor Training
Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art devoid of competition. By perfecting the art, the aikidoka (aikido practitioner) is thus working on perfecting themselves. Traditionally, an aikido training session follows a pre-established scenario, including a preparation carried out together with others, a brief meditation to calm the practitioner’s body-mind, followed by the aiki-taiso, the traditional warmup, and ﬁnally the training itself. During the latter, the sensei (teacher) presents an attack technique and the trainees focus on perfecting it, swapping the roles of tori and uke (executioner and receiver). Because everyone knows what is going to happen, the focus shifts towards technique, precision, dynamic, and rhythm. This talk will present how the author translates his long-term aikido practice into theatre, especially with respect to actor training. The presentation demonstrates that the qualities present in martial arts training can be highly inspiring and nourishing for the actor’s craft.
Przemysław Błaszczak is an actor, director, and leader of the Kokyu Studio, associated with the Grotowski Institute in Wrocław. In 1996-99, he worked at the Song of the Goat Theatre, and in 2004 joined the Teatr ZAR. He is a licensed teacher of the actor training method developed by Theodoros Terzopoulos. Since 2005, he has been studying aikido with sensei Piotr Masztalerz (6th dan) and in 2011 became an apprentice to an expert teacher Juba Nour.
The talk aims to analyse sleected elements of the artistic practices of Hijikata Tatsumi and Tadeusz Kantor, and to draw lines of correspondence between them. These lines, as well as Hijikata’s deep interest in Western culture, have fed into the author’s own artistic project, Kantor_Traces: Collage (2015), featuring Japanese and Polish artists in the cast. Referring to Kantor’s legacy and using Hijikatian tools (‘notational butō’) in a critical manner, and with a proper discursive approach, have led the argument towards developing a kind of ‘rhizome-choreographic-strategy,’ which, as argued in the presentation, enables the bringing of Hijikata’s and Kantor’s legacy into the 21st century transcultural performative practice.
Katarzyna Pastuszak works as an academic at the University of Gdańsk and as a dancer and artistic director of the Amareya Theatre. Her doctoral dissertation, Hijikata Tatsumi’s Ankoku Butō: The Theatre of the Body-in-Crisis, was published in Polish in 2014. As a dance creator, she continues to develop artistic and academic projects aimed at building bridges between Japan and Europe.
Dr. Magdalena Zamorska, Intense Bodily Presence: Polish Butō Practitioners
The talk focus on the work of the ﬁrst generation of Polish butō dancers, such as: Paweł Dudziński, Justyna Jan-Krukowska, Sylwia Hanff, Krzysztof Jerzak, the Amareya Theatre, the Maat Project Theatre, Aleksandra Capiga-Łochowicz, the TO-EN, and Irena Lipińska. The presentation will emphasise the transcultural potential of the genre, evident in the universality of its psychosomatic training and in its proneness to all types of hybridization. The argument will be based on a series of interviews with Polish artists, an experience of their performance, and, ﬁnally, participation in butō workshops with both Polish and Japanese artists. Particular attention will be devoted to the psychophysical approach which includes body-mind practices and ‘butō techniques.’ The analysis will lead to the conclusion that the essence of butō’s lies not in dance aesthetics, but the speciﬁc training attitude and practices.
Magdalena Zamorska works at the Institute of Cultural Studies of the University of Wrocław. She published a monograph on butō dance in Poland (2014), carried out research projects on contemporary dance, and curated dance residencies in Wrocław (2019). Her areas of research interest include: dance and other somatic practices, human and non-human movement, social choreography, and environmental issues in artistic practices.
Prof. Andō Kōhei, The Films of Terayama Shūji and Magical Realism
The talk will focus on the ﬁlm output of Terayama Shūji, seen as an example of magical realism. Firstly, it will deﬁne magical realism as a style of artistic expression in which extraordinary or magical elements – such as intermingled time or the appearance of the dead – are fused with everyday reality. Secondly, it will argue that Terayama’s artistic expression of magical realism is strongly inﬂuenced by the cultural context of his birthplace. The presentation will also examine the magical realism in Terayama’s other works, including his poetry, radio dramas, and stage plays. Finally, the talk will highlight the magical realism in four of Terayama’s ﬁlms: Pastoral: To Die in the Country (1974), The Eraser (1977), Grass Labyrinth (1983), and Farewell to the Ark (1984).
Andō Kōhei is Professor emeritus at the Waseda University in Tokyo and Programing Advisor for the Tokyo International Film Festival. In his youth he worked with Terayama Shūji. Renowned for his reﬁned and creative expressivity as a ﬁlmmaker, his works have received numerous awards and are included in the collections of a number of major art museums.
Prof. Komatsu Hiroshi, Japaneseness as Seen in Kouta Films
While ﬁlm is said to be an international language, it might be difﬁcult to consider Japanese ﬁlmmaking a part of this concept up to a certain period. Was Japanese ﬁlm a form of expression exclusive to Japan in the same way Japanese music and dance were? In this study, the possibility of ﬁlm as a national art form will be examined through the lens of the surviving copy of the Gion kouta ehigasa trilogy, produced in Kyoto in 1930. Of the three kouta (ballad) ﬁlm stories, the ﬁrst exists in its complete form, the second is available only in fragments of less than ten minutes, while the third seems to have been lost in its entirety. The trilogy was enormously successful at the time of its release, but is now almost completely forgotten. However, the kouta song composed exclusively for the ﬁlm and speciﬁc to Japan is still well-known, as is the dance performed in the ﬁlm, which keeps reappearing on stage to this day.
Komatsu Hiroshi is a ﬁlm historian and lecturer at the Waseda University, Tokyo. He was involved in the restoration of the European ﬁlms from the Tomijiro Komiya Collection at the National Film Archive of Japan. Since 1980, he has published extensively on the history of ﬁlm, particularly silent cinema. He also edited and translated the comprehensive L’Histoire générale du cinema by Georges Sadoul (12 volumes in the Japanese edition).
Prof. Alexander Zahlten, Phases of ‘Amateurism’ in Film from Japan
This talk will map the transition in Japan from an internationalist conception of ‘amateur’ ﬁlm production from the late 1920s onward to an ‘autonomous’ model of non–corporate production and distribution in the 1970s. It will then follow its integration into a spectrum leading into commercial production in the 1980s. It will examine the lines of communication that distinguish each of these phases: international ‘amateur’ ﬁlm competitions, domestic networks of exchange, and ﬁnally institutionalization. The talk also compares the ideals implicit in these forms of organization, ranging from cosmopolitanism to networks to professionalism. These shifts include a different model of history – for example in the mytho-epic 8mm ﬁlms of Hara Masato in the 1970s – as much as the redeﬁnition of networks themselves as a form of politics, as observable in the utopian charge the genre held for leftist critics such as Matsuda Masao.
Alexander Zahlten works at the Harvard University (USA) and was Program Director for the Nippon Connection Film Festival, the largest festival for ﬁlm from Japan, from 2002 to 2010. His work centers on ﬁlm and audiovisual culture in East Asia, with a focus on Japan, on which he has published extensively. Recently, he has touched on topics such as ﬁlm’s transition from environment to ecology and ‘amateur’ ﬁlm and media production.
This presentation will be devoted to the relationship between underground and avant-garde theatre, and erotic cinema in Japan in the 1960s. It will focus on the case of Takechi Tetsuji, simultaneously seen as an outsider and a pioneer in the early formation of the market sector of independently-produced adult ﬁlms intended for cinema exhibition then described as ‘eroductions’ (now known as ‘pink ﬁlms’) that arose in the early years of the 1960s. During the post-war period, Takechi established a reputation as an iconoclast and a reforming force in the ﬁeld of traditional kabuki theatre. His subsequent work in ﬁlm, with provocative works such as the Tanizaki Jun’ichirō’s adaptation Daydream (1964) and the anti-American tract Black Snow (1965), caused controversies and in the latter case saw him prosecuted for obscenity. The talk shall discuss how such charges were provoked more by his ﬁlms’ political content than their explicit portrayal of sexuality, and attempt to scrutinise the precise nature of Takechi’s politics more fully within the wider context of 1960s independent cinema in Japan.
Jasper Sharp is a UK-based ﬁlm critic, author, ﬁlmmaker, and independent scholar. He co–founded the website Midnight Eye and authored several books on Japanese cinema. He is also the co-director, alongside Tim Grabham, of the award-winning documentary about plasmodial slime moulds, The Creeping Garden (2014). His doctoral thesis at the University of Shefﬁeld was devoted to Japanese widescreen cinema.
Shiota Akihiko, Shiota on Shiota: How I Drew Young Female Characters in My Movies
Soon after Shiota began shooting movies, the so-called ‘youth ﬁlms’ (seishun eiga) began to be widely conﬂated in Japan with the ‘coming-of-age ﬁlm’ genre. The difference is that while a ‘youth ﬁlm’ is essentially a story of boys and girls who have looked at grown-ups from the viewpoint of adults, a ‘coming-of-age ﬁlm’ puts the emphasis solely on the teenagers’ perspective. As a result, the social ideas that ‘youth ﬁlms’ often presupposed are not present in ‘coming-of-age ﬁlms,’ in which the protagonists live in a world of chaos and uncertain future. It is from that perspective Shiota shot his movies, such as Moonlight Whispers (1999), Don’t Look Back (1999), Harmful Insect (2001), and Canary (2005). The director’s talk will provide an insight into his views on ﬁlmmaking, the acting method he implemented, as well as his personal artistic inﬂuences.
Shiota Akihiko is a ﬁlm director, screenwriter, and cinematographer. His ﬁlms received numerous awards in Japan and abroad. The director’s ﬁrst major commercial effort, Yomigaeri (2003), was highly successful domestically. Canary (2005), inspired by the deadly 1995 Tokyo subway sarin attack, won the top prize at the Raindance Film Festival. The ﬁlmmaker’s most recent efforts include the erotic ﬁlm Wet Woman in the Wind (2016) and The Farewell Song (2019).
Prof. Krzysztof Loska, Andrzej Wajda in Japan – Prince Myshkin and the Dybbuk
The study interrogates Andrzej Wajda’s 1994 ﬁlm adaptation of The Idiot, which – like the stage version produced 17 years prior at the Stary Theatre in Krakow (Nastassya Filipovna) – provides an original reading of Dostoevsky’s acclaimed novel. Working on the adaptation, the Polish director drew inspiration primarily from his visits to the kabuki theatre, where he had the opportunity to observe Bandō Tamasaburō, a remarkable performer specialising in female roles (onnagata). A collection of extensive notes, taken by the director during his trip to Japan, provides insight into the inﬂuence that Japanese aesthetics had on Nastasia and sheds new light on Wajda’s Polish-Japanese ﬁlm, somewhat underestimated by viewers and critics alike.
Krzysztof Loska is the Director of the Institute of Audiovisual Arts at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, the Vice-President of the Polish Society for Film and Media Studies, member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the bimonthly journal Ekrany, and the editor-in-chief of the biannual TransMissions: Journal of Film and Media Studies magazine. He has published extensively on media, popular culture, ﬁlm theory, and Japanese cinema.
Prof. Marek Hendrykowski, A Few Observations on Kurosawa’s Rashōmon
A masterpiece of Japanese and world cinema, Kurosawa Akira’s Rashōmon (1950) responded to a number of concepts that animated ﬁlmmaking in mid-20th century and continues to inspire today. Rashōmon’s Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in Venice (1951) and Honorary Academy Award for ‘most outstanding foreign language ﬁlm’ (1952) opened the door to Western culture for Japanese ﬁlm art, and stood as evidence of the success it enjoyed across the globe. Rashōmon traced new ways and ﬁelds of exploration in ﬁlm, and launched a new era of modern narration in the cinematic arts. This study reevaluates Kurosawa’s work as an innovative and transnational approach to world cinema. To interrogate Rashōmon is to examine a modern art form, which responds to the efforts of other ﬁlmmakers, hailing from both entertainment and high art circles.
Marek Hendrykowski is a ﬁlm historian who works at the Institute of Film, Media, and Audiovisual Arts of the AMU. He is also the founder and senior editor of Images: The International Journal of European Film, Performing Arts and Audiovisual Communication (Poznań). A member of the Polish Filmmakers Association and the European Film Academy, he is a proliﬁc author, writing on various aspects of ﬁlm art and history.
Dr. Michał Bobrowski, The Work of Yamamura Kōji: Between Japanese Aesthetic Traditions and the European Avant-garde
Japanese animation is commonly associated with the broadly deﬁned aesthetics of anime, which itself has been internationally acknowledged as a diverse cultural phenomenon, rich in inner genres and trends. On the margins of the Japanese animated ﬁlm industry there functions a compelling, autonomous undercurrent, constituted by arthouse, experimental ﬁlms from authors such as Wada Atsushi, Miyajima Ryotaro and, most importantly, Yamamura Kōji – undoubtedly the most acclaimed contemporary independent animator from Japan. The talk is dedicated to Yamamura’s offbeat masterpieces, such as Mt Head, Muybridge’s Strings, and “Parade” de Satie – creations of a connoisseur of European visual arts, live-action cinema, and classical music; an erudite inﬂuenced by both early 20th century Western modernism and his native artistic traditions (including kyōgen and jōruri theatres or folk shintō demonology). The goal of the presentation is to trace the artistic strategies of cultural accommodation and adaptation employed by the ﬁlmmaker.
Michał Bobrowski teaches at the Faculty of Humanities at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. In 2012, he authored a book on Kurosawa Akira. He is the programme director and co-founder of the StopTrik International Film Festival (Slovenia, Poland), dedicated to stop-motion animation. He has written extensively on classic Japanese, American, and East European cinema, as well as on animated ﬁlm.
Dr. Michał Krawczak, Superperception: Ikeda Ryōji’s Artistic Experiments with Quantum Information
The presentation will examine the works of Ryōji Ikeda created over the last ten years, when he was focused primarily on the relation between art, science, and laboratory experiments. In 2014 and 2015, Ikeda was the artist-in-residence at the CERN – a key particle physics research centre. This experience was incorporated into his artistic strategies and practices used in the process of prototyping, experimenting, and designing audiovisual installations. In his projects, such as Superposition (2012), Supersymmetry (2014), micro/macro (2015), and X-verse (2018), Ikeda deals with our ways of understanding nature at the atomic scale, creating new somatic and cognitive levels of human and non-human perception. In his installations and performances, Ikeda is pushing the boundaries of culturally accepted parameters of ordinary human perception by using noise effects, blurs, power surges, and voltage swells between sound and image.
Michał Krawczak is the Deputy Director of the Institute of Theatre and Media Art and co–founder of the Humanities Art Technology Research Center (both at AMU). Researcher, designer, and curator of art and science projects. Co-creator of the interactive installation Post-Apocalypsis (2015), which brought him an award at the Prague Quadrennial. His main areas of research interest include media and performance art, ecology of sound, social robotics, artiﬁcial intelligence, and technological natures.
Dr. Patryk Lichota, Sound Poetry in Japanese Media Art
Sound poetry was an important element of early 20th century avant-garde art. Although today this tradition is preserved and continued only by a narrow group of artists, it played a signiﬁcant role in the development of media art. It can be argued that by turning to text’s orality and its performativity, and by integration of speech and body into one instrument of expression, it constitutes the ontological core of new media and digital art. The talk will look at the phenomenon of the feedback loop between traditions of the ﬁrst avant-garde’s sound poetry, the Fluxus movement, and contemporary Japanese artists, focusing on the work of Adachi Tomomi. The research will build upon Marshall McLuhan’s theory, Wolfgang Welsch’s concept of audiocentrism, and Walter Ong’s and Jacques Derrida’s reﬂections on literacy.
Patryk Lichota works at the Institute of Theatre and Media Art of the AMU and at the Arts
Academy in Szczecin. He authored
a monograph Traditions of Noise in
Sound Art (in Polish, 2016). His research work covers virtual
reality and telepresence, cyber-eschatology, sound art and sound design, and the theories
of new media and video games.
THEATRE: 10 October, 7-9:30 pm, Aikido in Actor Training workshop, led by Przemysław Błaszczak in Polish and English at the Apse Studio of the AMU in the Hanka Dormitory (at Aleja Niepodległości 26); free admission, limited spots available; for reservations, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The workshop leader will introduce basic aikido exercises and share his practical approach to translating elements of martial arts into actor training.
FILM: 11 October, 7-9:15 pm, screening of Canary (Kanaria, 2004) directed by Shiota Akihiko; 9:15-10 pm, Q&A session with the director; 10-12 pm, screening of Shiraishi Kazuya’s Dare to Stop Us (Tomerareru ka, oretachi wo, 2018); 12-1:20 am night screening of Shiota Akihiko’s Wet Woman in the Wind (+18) (Kaze ni nureta onna, 2016) at the Muza Cinema (Ulica Święty Marcin 30).
Canary is a fact-based drama about the lethal gas attack carried out by members of the Aum Shinrikyō cult in the Tokyo underground in March 1995. It is a moving story of two teenagers, who, abandoned by their families, meet after traumatic events.
Dare to Stop Us – is an eccentric introduction to Japanese erotic cinema depicting how it all looked like backstage. The story begins in 1969, when a young woman gets to Wakamatsu Kōji’s (one of the most important directors in the ‘pink ﬁlm’ genre) circle.
Wet Woman in the Wind (+18) is an erotic ﬁlm featuring an attractive playwright, who renounces relationships with women and moves to the country in search of solitude. His search for a quiet life is soon interrupted, however, by a provocative, unpredictable girl who stands in his way. The initial misunderstanding quickly turns into a dense erotic game played by very unusual rules. The situation gets complicated even further after an avant-garde theatre ensemble, managed by a character from the author’s past, shows up at his doorstep…
The conference is a part of the inaugural Inlandimensions Festival, organised in collaboration with three institutions: the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre (Gdańsk), the Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznań),
and the Grotowski Institute (Wrocław). The festival aims to present
the most notable
instances of post-avant-garde and post–modern theatre
performances, ﬁlmmaking, and experimental music,
hailing from 20th century
avant-garde traditions as well as off-stage or artistically independent movements mostly unknown to mainstream audiences in Europe. The festival’s main organiser is the Bridges
Foundation, whose objectives include supporting, promoting, and showcasing Asian
cultures in Poland.
Conference papers will be collected and published in an English-language volume.
Prof. Paul Allain (University of Kent, Canterbury, UK), Prof. Ewa Guderian-Czaplińska (AMU, Poznań), Prof. Wojciech Otto (AMU, Poznań), Prof. Grzegorz Ziółkowski (AMU, Poznań), Nikodem Karolak (The Bridges Foundation)
Prof. Wojciech Otto, Prof. Grzegorz Ziółkowski, Dr. Adam Domalewski, Nikodem Karolak, Daniel Stachuła
Dr. Adam Domalewski: email@example.com