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Wed, Sep. 20th, 2006 07:34 am
Mukokuseki diasporans

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(Anonymous)
Wed, Sep. 20th, 2006 08:48 am (UTC)

Yes I definitely agree there is an infolding underway. The rush to make Japan proud is so much nonsense ... much like the neo-cons in the US and the rise of the right throughout Europe. The fear is attracting the fearful and things are getting scary indeed. It seems the truly talented of Japan only come home to dream about their history or profit from their fellow citizens.

I feel there will be a good shot of that in the art world at the Mori next week too. I'm betting the odds that after his ouster this month, David Elliott's replacement will be someone far closer to home and more in tune with the mythical japan of contemporary nihonga.


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imomus
Wed, Sep. 20th, 2006 08:57 am (UTC)

Did David Elliott get ousted? Gosh, I didn't hear about that. Yes, it really is the end of the 90s, that vision of globalism, isn't it? Africa Remix sounded like the kind of fashion spread Studio Voice used to run in the 90s...

It would be interesting if Mizuma got the job, he's got quite a roster of Neo-Narcissists.


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Wed, Sep. 20th, 2006 09:03 am (UTC)

Ah, a quick google tells me:

"The announcement of his successor -- Fumio Nanjo, the museum’s deputy director, is thought to be a shoo-in by some -- is expected by the end of the month. Elliott had a five-year contract that is not being renewed."

Fumio Nanjo has just curated the Singapore Biennial with the assistance of Roger McDonald of AIT / Tactical, an online ally of mine, so I'm rather pleased at this development.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Sep. 20th, 2006 09:13 am (UTC)

Well there you have it.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Sep. 20th, 2006 09:12 am (UTC)

Yes, the David Elliott news is hot off the presses. There is a press conference scheduled next week, and he is apparently heading off to Istanbul. There is a bit of buzz that it isn't the happiest of partings as The Mori apparently refused to renegotiate his contract. So that sounds like ousting to me.
Africa Remix was pretty fantastic I thought, an mind-opening exhibition to be sure.

Mizuma would be great, but I would say the good money is on Fumio Nanjo or Fram Kitagawa. But I am hoping its a surprise.
And its struck a chord with me, as does your post today about a sense of loss I have been having in JApan these days. The global vision? yeah I guess its being lost... Even the korean dramas dont shine so bright these days do they?Sorry I can't post links not usually a LiveJournal user...just enjoy your blog.


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