April 22 2015: Robots, Cyborgs, and Other Machines in Japanese Contemporary Art

Around the world, Japan is often associated with advanced technology and state-of-the-art machinery, such as automobiles, robotics, or various types of electronic devices. Notions like ’techno-orientalism’ or ’techno-nationalism’ are often used in an attempt to frame the economic, political and social discourses of Japanese technology within a domestic as well as an international context. Gunhild Borggreen (Copenhagen University) will give a lecture on this theme.

How do Japanese artists use their art works to respond to such ’techno’ discourses? How can Japanese contemporary visual art be seen as a way of understanding the development and application of new technology, and how may art works offer visionary or critical perspectives on the imaginaries of technology in the future?


About Prof. Gunhild Borggreen

Gunhild Borggreen is Associate Professor in Art History and Visual Culture at Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. Gunhild is the co-founder and project manager of ROCA, Robot Culture and Aesthetics, a research network focusing on practice-based research into the intersection of art, technology, and society. Focusing on gender, nationhood and performance in contemporary Japanese art and visual culture, Gunhild has published in journals such as Performance Review and Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, and is co-editor of and contributor to Performing Archives / Archives of Performance (Museum Tusculanum Press, 2013).

Time and place

This lecture is open to the public
Time: April 22, 17.00 hours
Venue: Lipsius 0.11

Last Modified: 10-06-2015