Talk Events
March 14: Tokyo Void
March 5 & 6: Photographic Memory
 
 

Tokyo Void: Possibilities in Absence

Public Talk
by Dr Heike Rahmann
RSVP essential.
Saturday, March 14 @ 2pm – 3pm
 
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  Landscape architecture and design researcher Dr Heike Rahmann (RMIT University) takes the urban environment of Tokyo as a point of departure to explore the role of temporary vacant spaces in cities.  
 
“Tokyo’s urban landscape is full of contradictions: as a densely packed megalopolis, it is home to thousands of vacant spaces. While creative design practices and informal appropriations activate urban voids in European and Northern American cities, this spatial capital remains largely overlooked in Tokyo. This talk explores the distinct morphology of Tokyo's vacant spaces and the possibilities they offer for creative practice, opening up new layers and deeper readings of the city and questioning the notion of a finished ideal in the urban landscape.”
 
     
 
About the Book
This talk will be based on the recently published book, Tokyo Void: Possibilities in Absence, by Heike Rahmann and Marieluise Jonas.
 
     
 
Admission free.  
 
 

The Japan Foundation, Sydney

Level 4, Central Park

28 Broadway

Chippendale, NSW 2008

Enquiries: reception@jpf.org.au / (02) 8239 0055

 
     
 
 

Photographic Memory: The Making of Mono no Aware

Artist Talk & Book Launch
by Brett Boardman
Thursday, March 5 @ 6pm – 7pm
Booked out
Friday, March 6 @ 6pm – 7pm
Booked out
 
 
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  Most of what I've learnt about photographic composition and moment has been via Japanese print making. All of what I've learnt about book making has been via Japanese Photobooks.”

Boardman looks at how the modern history of Katsura Imperial Villa is intricately linked to its published image, primarily in book form, and opens up about the influence of Japanese print making and publishing on his own thinking and practice. In doing so, he sheds light on the creative process behind the sequence of images in this exhibition and his new limited-edition book of the same name.

“The original intent was to see what is possible to photograph in a site that has been extensively documented. The outcome was uncertain and has led me to reevaluate how meaning can be communicated through images.”

This talk commemorates the opening of the exhibition and the launch of Brett’s new book.
 
     
 
About the Book
Boardman’s Mono no aware photographic series is showcased in a bespoke large-format book by architecture and design publisher, Uro Publications. The book will be produced in a limited-edition print run of 200, with each copy including one pair of signed and numbered prints. The book will be available at the presale price of $250 (RRP $300) at these events, and through prior sales via the publisher.
 
   
 
Admission free.
 
 

 

The Japan Foundation, Sydney

Level 4, Central Park

28 Broadway

Chippendale, NSW 2008


Enquiries: reception@jpf.org.au / (02) 8239 0055