This lecture by Ken Tadashi Oshima, Associate Professor, University of Washington explores the vicissitudes of the conception of “MA” before and after the exhibition curated by Arata Isozaki held between 1978-80 (Paris, NY, Houston, Chicago, Stockholm and Helskinki). While this interdisciplinary exhibition presented the artistic culture of Japan through the unifying concept of “MA: Space-Time” as a basic organizational principle found in Japanese painting, photography, theater, performance, music, sculpture, architecture and daily life, this lecture investigates specific iterations inprewar and postwar Japan through the work of Horiguchi Sutemi, Teiji Itoh, Arata Isozaki and its broader implications today.

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