The lecture will be conducted in Norwegian.
"The world of the future might be like Japan is today – super flat", Takashi Murakami writes in The Super Flat Manifesto.
Takashi Murakami has stated that the Americanisation of Japan after World War II has led to a cultural "flattening" of the Japanese culture, raising controversial questions about the boundaries between "high" and "low" culture. Using elements from Japanese popular- and low culture in his art, and later mass produce these works, Murakami himself contributes to this cultural "flattening". However, underneath this flatness is a critique of the Japanese post-war society. This darker dimension in his works, which stands in contrast to the colorful, happy surface, describes a cultural loss of identity, alienation, escapism, de-masculinisation and sexual perversions. Despite this, it is Murakami’s motivation to create an original visual culture Japan can call their own.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Welcome!