Artist talk: Over the Parched Field

16 February 2012

6:00 – 7:00pm, followed by a drinks reception to 8:00pm

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

Akiko Takizawa is a Japanese artist based in London. The exhibition, Over the Parched Field, showcases a selection of Takizawa’s photographs since 2006, including new works made especially for the exhibition. This is Takizawa’s first solo show in London.

The talk will be by Dr Simon Baker, Curator of Photography and International Art at the Tate Gallery, and the artist of Over the Parched Field, Akiko Takizawa.

Akiko Takizawa

Akiko Takizawa was born in Fukuoka in 1971 and completed her MA in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 2006. Her interdisciplinary practices involve not only photography but filming and performing art. Her work was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2006 and the exhibition toured from Liverpool to London. Her work was shortlisted for the Hitotsubo Award, one of the most prestigious photographic competitions in Japan. She was also awarded the University of Abertay Visual Arts Prize (2002), the Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio Residency Prize (2002), the London Print Studio Award (2002) and the Printmaking Today Award (2000).

Dr Simon Baker

Dr Simon Baker is Curator of Photography and International Art at Tate. He has researched, written and curated exhibitions on surrealism, photography, and contemporary art, including the recent Tate Modern exhibitions Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera (2010), and Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters (2011). He is currently working on a major exhibition of the works of William Klein and Daido Moriyama for Tate Modern in October 2012.

Berlinale: 62nd Film Festival

Berlinale: Film Festival

from 09/02/12 to 19/02/12

Berlinale Festival Profile

Berlin: an exciting, cosmopolitan cultural hub that never ceases to attract artists from around the world. A diverse cultural scene, a critical public and an audience of film-lovers characterise the city. In the middle of it all, the Berlinale: a great cultural event and one of the most important dates for the international film industry. Around 300,000 sold tickets, more than 19,000 professional visitors from 115 countries, including 4,000 journalists: art, glamour, parties and business are all inseparably linked at the Berlinale.

Japanese Films

– Friends After 3.11 di Iwai Shunji

– Kazoku no kuni (Our Homeland) di Yang Yong-Hi

Kazoku no kuni (Our Homeland) di Fujiwara Toshifumi

– Nuclear Nation di Funahashi Atsushi

– Koi ni itaru yamai (The end of puberty) di Kimura Shoko

– Renta neko (Rent a cat) di Ogigami Naoko

– Kikoeteru, furi wo sita dake (Just Pretended to Hear) di Imaizumi Kaori

For more information click here.

Kanji learning tool

Ho di recente trovato un programma che sicuramente potrebbe servire a tutte le persone che come me trovano difficile lo studio dei kanji. Il programma, solo disponibile per i possessori Mac, e’ a mio avviso molto valido e puo’ anche essere utilizzato con un iphone quando si e’ fuori casa. Per chi non volesse pagare la la licenza si puo’ usare gratuitamente per 10 minuti alla volta. Provatelo! iKanji.

I recently discovered a study tool that could be very useful to Japanese learners who, like myself, find studying kanji difficult. The tool, only available to Mac users, is in my opinion very well designed and it is also available for the iphone. iKanji is free if only used for 10 minutes at a time or unlimited for few pounds/dollars.

Fukushima’s animals abandoned and left to die


I found very hard to watch the video published on CNN website on Fukushima’s abandoned animals but while watching this sad video I was thinking about all the people who lost their lives, relatives and/or friends and never be able to forget the day Tsunami struck. When I think what human beings had to go through, then the condition of those animals, even if tragic, seems to be less important and I agree Japanese government that it would be far to risky and costly to try to save those animals.