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explores the themes of sex and consumerism in contemporary Japanese art and how they connect with the wider historical, social and political conditions in Japanese culture. Essays by writers, historians, curators and artists, plus diary extracts of a sex worker, engage with a range of artistic practices, including performance, digital media, painting, sculpture and installation. Together the contributors examine the contradictions and ambivalences embedded in the Japanese experience of modernity, and the effects of commodification on the individual and the nation state.
Sex and consumerism in art are inextricably linked to issues of power, gender, class and race, and move beyond the gallery into private and public realms, where the complex relationships surrounding sexuality and commerce are directly encountered in both the fast-changing marketplace and in the dominant ideologies within Japanese society.
With over 150 intriguing illustrations, Consuming Bodies provides a wide-ranging perspective on an under-researched area of contemporary Japanese art practice and the critical issues it uncovers.
"Consuming Bodies "explores the themes of sex and consumerism in contemporary Japanese art and how they connect with the wider conditions of modern Japanese culture. Engaging with performance, digital media, painting, sculpture and including the diary of a sex worker, it features essays by writers, historians, curators and artists. With more than 160 powerful and sometimes controversial images, this book is bound to provoke debate about this little - discussed aspect of Japanese culture.
About the Author
is the Head of Department of Art and Design History at Kingston University, Surrey. She is editor of Deconstructing Madonna
(1993), Contemporary Arab Women’s Art
(1999) and Displacement and Difference
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
Introduction: Critical Reflections - Fran Llyod
1. Sex and Consumerism in Edo Japan - Timon Screech
2. Sex and Consumerism: the Japanese State of the Arts - Nicholas Bornoff
3. Strategic Interventions in Contemporary Japanese Art - Fran Lloyd
4. 'Made in Occupied Japan' - Performance - BuBu and Yoshiko Shimada
5. Post-identity Kawaii: Commerce, Gender and Contemporary Japanese Art - Yuko Hasegawa
6. The Place of Marginal Positionality: Legacies of Japanese Anti-Modernity - Midori Matsui
7. Tokyo's Urban and Sexual Transformations: Performance Art and Digital Cultures - Stephen Barber
Afterword: Japanese Pop Culture and the Eradication of History - Yoshiko Shimada
Glossary of Japanese Terms