[EVENT] A Conversation with Otomo Yoshihide

Living Under Radiation: The Role of Arts after 3.11 Fukushima

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011  6:30pm (reception to follow)

@ NYU East Asian Studies (41 East 11th St, 7th floor)



Otomo Yoshihide: Musician, Co-founder of “Project Fukushima!”

Devastated by the March 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Otomo, along with musicians and artists, began organizing “Project Fukushima!” - an open-ended autonomous movement where people create and express in diverse media, and learn about radiation-specific science to tackle the invisible threats of radiation that has been contaminating the vast area of Eastern Japan. In August, they organized an outdoor music festival in Fukushima, whose planning was accompanied by daily radiation monitoring in the outdoor venue not far from the still leaking nuclear power plant. Why was such a risky festival necessary? Otomo calls for the role of music and arts “to prevent Fukushima from being forgotten, and to retain Fukushima’s connection with the outside world.”

Presented by NYU East Asian Studies & Todos Somos Japon



This program is in cooperation with Japan Society’s

Turntable Duo: Otomo Yoshihide + Christian Marclay

Saturday, November 19, 5 PM — Discussion
Saturday, November 19, 8:30 PM — Concert

Otomo’s Installation: without records:

Thursday, November 17 – Sunday, November 20

Two experimental music giants, Otomo Yoshihide and Christian Marclay, perform together in New York for the first time in over a decade. Marclay, one of the world’s leading artists and winner of the 54th Venice Biennale Golden Lion Award, pushed the boundaries of musical creation when he pioneered the use of the turntable as a musical instrument. Otomo, electroacoustic improvisation musician and free jazz guitarist, earned an international reputation as a central figure in Japan’s avant-garde music scene. Together, these experimental “turntablists” will once again push the boundaries of what is possible with records and turntables.

Turntable Duo Concert: $25/$20 Japan Society members

Discussion: $10/$8 Japan Society members

Concert + Discussion Package: $30/$24 Japan Society members

Tickets available by visiting the Box Office or calling (212) 715-1258 or at www.japansociety.org