Protean Borders: Trans-cultural Encounters with Japanese Popular Culture, Manga Futures: The 6th International Scholarly Conference on Manga,
Protean Borders: Trans-cultural Encounters with Japanese Popular Culture reveals the passion and imagination of a diverse group of contemporary creative practitioners who each respond to the popular, globalised visual culture of Japanese comics (manga), animation (anime), and video games. The art works brought together here, some created specifically for this exhibition, are by established and emerging artists and designers from Australia and Japan utilising both digital and analogue technologies. The exhibition accompanies the International Manga Futures Conference held at the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong, in cooperation with Kyoto Seika University's International Manga Research Center. The conference explores how widespread interest in Japanese manga and popular culture can be harnessed to increase global understanding and appreciation of Japanese language and culture. Protean Borders: Trans-cultural Encounters with Japanese Popular Culture is a unique cultural exchange between Australia and Japan offering an opportunity to engage with art works underpinned by abounding energy and imaginative rigour. Presenting a breadth of contemporary experimental and interpretative strategies, Protean Borders highlights the dynamic and overlapping flow between borders of contemporary art, design, and popular narratives, and signals the dissolving of rigid traditional categories. Individual works, incorporating both fan-based and original subject matter, make meaningful and often surprising connections between complex networks of geography and history, ideas, imagery, and materials. As such, the works represent artistic responses to increasingly interlinked cultural contacts, geographies and influences, while revealing multiple points of entry to reflect upon our diverse encounters with Japanese popular culture. Protean Borders: Trans-cultural Encounters with Japanese Popular Culture is made possible with the support of the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong, the Japan Foundation and artists from the International Manga Research Center, Kyoto Seika University. Artists included in this exhibition are: Sonoko Fukushima and Sookyung Yoo from Japan, Sarah Boxall, Queenie Chan, Fiona Chor-Kay Chan (Miyukiko), Tatiana Davidson, Carolyn Gan, Agnieszka Golda and Martin Johnson, Jessica Thomas and Amei Zhao from Australia. Dr Agnieszka Golda and Kristine Michelle Santos Curators, University of Wollongong
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