Consuming Bodies: Sex and Contemporary Japanese Art

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Reaktion Books, 2002 - Art - 224 pages
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Consuming Bodies explores the themes of sex and consumerism in contemporary Japanese art and how they connect with the wider historical, social and political conditions in Japanese culture. Essays by writers, historians, curators and artists, plus diary extracts of a sex worker, engage with a range of artistic practices, including performance, digital media, painting, sculpture and installation. Together the contributors examine the contradictions and ambivalences embedded in the Japanese experience of modernity, and the effects of commodification on the individual and the nation state.

Sex and consumerism in art are inextricably linked to issues of power, gender, class and race, and move beyond the gallery into private and public realms, where the complex relationships surrounding sexuality and commerce are directly encountered in both the fast-changing marketplace and in the dominant ideologies within Japanese society.

With over 150 intriguing illustrations, Consuming Bodies provides a wide-ranging perspective on an under-researched area of contemporary Japanese art practice and the critical issues it uncovers.
 

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Contents

List of Contributors
6
Critical Reflections
9
Sex and Consumerism in Edo Japan
23
Sex and Consumerism the Japanese State of the Arts
41
Strategic Interventions in Contemporary Japanese Art
69
Made in Occupied Japan Performance
109
Postidentity Kawaii Commerce Gender and Contemporary Japanese Art
127
The Place of Marginal Positionality Legacies of Japanese AntiModernity
142
Japanese Pop Culture and the Eradication of History
186
BuBus Diary
192
References
198
Glossary of Japanese Terms
209
Bibliography
211
Photographic Acknowledgements
217
Index
219
Copyright

Tokyos Urban and Sexual Transformations Performance Art and Digital Cultures
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Fran Lloyd is the Head of Department of Art and Design History at Kingston University, Surrey. She is editor of Deconstructing Madonna (1993), Contemporary Arab Women's Art (1999) and Displacement and Difference (2001).

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