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Symposia / Artists Talk

Drifting and Pausing: Streaming People

Tetsuo Yamaori, Masahiro Kobayashi
Location: Ogaki Event House
Date/Time: Saturday, September 20, 14:00-15:30

Over one’s lifetime the actions of moving and stopping become both frequent ephemeral experiences and inescapable duties. Employing the key words of live stream the lecturers will speak about the currents of intellectual history—Where are we going? Under this topic Yamaori and Kobayashi will consider how Japanese people have taken in innumerous forms of ubiquitous phenomena and alterations of appearance in their beliefs, consciousness, and conduct.

Artists Talk

Artists Exhibiting in Ogaki Biennale
Location: Ogaki Event House
Date/Time: Saturday, September 20, 15:45-17:15

This talk will be held primarily by those artists exhibiting works. They will discuss their artwork and production activities in Ogaki City.

Gamelan Commons: Why gamelan music in Ogaki?

Shin NakagawaYukihiro NomuraMasahiro MiwaMasahiro Kobayashi
Location: Ogaki Event House
Date/Time: Sunday, September 21, 18:30-20:30

How ought those of us simply living in this globalized society, which enables overwhelming forms of technology, attempt to direct music today? Guest speakers who are independently active in examining the future of music and arts will speak together considering the keywords “body”, “sensibility”, and “coexistence”. This discussion will also provide an explanation as to why the Southeast Asian traditional local performing art of gamelan music has become such a central component within Ogaki Biennale 2008.

Forming Ogaki

Susumu ShimizuYuya TsuchiyaTetsuo FuruhashiShigeki Yoshida
Location: Ogaki Event House
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 23 (Nat’l Holiday), 14:00-16:00

Guest speakers associated with Ogaki City will carry out a panel discussion on Ogaki and Seino Region considering its past, present and future in relation to daily life, culture and history.

Restoring the City’s Myths

Akira Suzuki, Keiichi Irie, James Gibson, Masahiro Kobayashi
Location: Ogaki Event House
Date/Time: Friday, September 26, 19:00-21:00

This research hunts out the mythological vitality that has been sleeping in Ogaki, forming new tales and open-ended stories without plots. In contemporary urban society all sorts of material items can be displaced by empty and valueless objects. We attempt to extract the world dormant in Ogaki City and free both the creativity it is endowed with at a fundamental level, as well as its populated sites.

Gamelan Commons Through Film

Naoki Honma
Location: Machizukuri Plaza
Date/Time: Saturday, September 27, 11:00-13:30

Approximately ten minute cuts have been selected from several films of gamelan and dance. Come reexamine the world of gamelan through the socially constructed gaze of film. You will doubtlessly discover something easily overlooked at live performances.

Place and Media

Emma Ota, Atsuhito Sekiguchi/a>, Masami Hirabayashi, Akitsugu Maebayashi
Location: Ogaki Event House
Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 27, 16:00-17:30

Along with guest Emma Ota, the chairperson of Dislocate—a project that examines the relationship between art, technology and locality— a symposium will be held by Atsuhito Sekiguchi, Masami Hirabayashi and Akitsugu Maebayashi, all of whom unfold works themed on place and media in Ogaki Biennale 2008.

Creating a New Stream

All Biennale Directors
Location: Ogaki Event House
Date/Time: Sunday, Sept. 28, 14:00-16:00

This is the ten-day art festival’s concluding symposium. All of the Ogaki Biennale directors will participate in a serious discussion of what they were and were not able to observe in the exhibitions, public performances and events this year. The directors will also touch on the future of the organic relationship between IAMAS and Ogaki City.