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Antimonument: Hiroshim Nagasaki Download Lecture

Wed, October 26, 201611:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Presidential Dreamcourse "Nuclear Legacies" present

Antimonument: Possibilities and Impossibilities of Downloading Memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

with filmmaker and artist

Shinpei Takeda

11:30 am to 12:45 pm, Wednesday, Oct. 26, Fred Jones Center 205

Shinpei Takeda is a Japanese artist based in Tijuana, Mexico and Düsseldorf, Germany. He uses wide range of medium exploring a memory of human violence, particularly via the narratives of the exile. His recent projects include Alpha Decay series (2010-2012) and Beta Decay series (2013-2015) in which he took large installations in different sites across the world, which was based in his 8 years of investigations with interviewing over 60 atomic bomb survivors living in the North and South Americas. Shinpei is also a Founder and Creative Director of The AJA Project, a nonprofit dedicated to working with resettled refugee children in San Diego using a participatory photography since 2001. His recent documentary films include El Mexico mas Cercano a Japon (48mins/2008) about the first Japanese photographer of Tijuana in 1920s, and Hiroshima Nagasaki Download (73mins/2010). His recent publications include “Alpha Decay: How can contemporary art express the memory of atomic bomb.” (2014) and Hiroshima Nagasaki beyond the Ocean.

Presented by Elyssa Faison, history, and Alison Fields, art history, as part of their dream course that explores the American deployment of atomic bombs in Japan during World War II, ensuing nuclear energy initiatives and anti-nuclear peace movements, and the global impact of nuclear testing. Taught by an historian of visual culture of the American West and an historian of modern Japan, it interweaves historical narratives, public memorialization, testimony, photography, art, and film that demonstrate engagement with ongoing nuclear legacies in North America, Japan, the islands of the Pacific, and beyond.