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TrAIN Research Student Forum Special Event: Prof Keiko Takeda (University of Tokyo): Dumb Type – Dialogues on Identity: “Coming Out” in the Performance Art Piece S/N (1994) Edit Entry Delete Entry

This lecture is curated by TrAIN PhD Student, Hiroki Yamamoto.

Dumb Type, founded in Kyoto in 1987, is one of the most internationally recognised Japanese performance art collectives. While Dumb Type is well known for their stylish and highly aesthetic work, this talk focuses instead on the politics of their artwork, particularly in the performance piece S/N. S/N is part of the larger S/N project, a multimedia presentation that includes a CD, a seminar show, and installations. Characterised by hybridity and decentralization, the performance’s elements are juxtaposed on stage, including texts, moving bodies, synthesized music, lighting, performers’ dialogue, and the projection of moving images.

S/N was created after the group’s leader Teiji Furuhashi (1960–1995) informed his close friends about his HIV-positive status in October 1992. The piece premiered in 1994 at the Adelaide Festival in Australia. Much attention has been paid to this performance piece and some critics have noted an element of political orientation or social criticism in S/N.

Read more here:

http://www.transnational.org.uk/events/235-train-research-student-forum-special-event-prof-keiko-takeda-university-of-tokyo-dumb-type—-dialogues-on-identity-coming-out-in-the-performance-art-piece-sn-1994

Monday 20 June, 2016