Perceiving Politics: art, protest, and everyday life in early 1960s Japan

Date: December 2, 2013

This lecture by Dr. William Marotti addresses the politics of culture and everyday life in Japan in the early 1960s, explored through a focus upon transformations in avant-garde artistic production and performance. The book examines the advent of this art-based activism in Japan in the late 1950s and early 1960s in its complex relation with an internationalized art world, mass culture, domestic protest movements, and evolving forms of state practice, law, and surveillance. It reflects upon the significance of this history for understanding the 1960s as a global moment, and the particular role of art and performance in these transformations.

Lecture Overview: Perceiving Politics.pdf