Akira Takayama

Special Lecture
Wednesday 14 March 2018
1–2pm, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Haymarket

This special lecture, as part of the 21st Biennale of Sydney SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, will be held at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art at 181 Hay Street, Haymarket, a 20-minute walk from NAS.

Japanese theatre director Akira Takayama creates projects that challenge the conventions of traditional theatre, expanding the audience experience and treating entire cities as stages. As a participant in the 21st Biennale of Sydney, in January 2018

Takayama invited residents of Sydney to take part in a performative event where they shared their stories and cultural traditions through song. Working in collaboration with award-winning filmmaker Hikaru Fujii to document the performances, Takayama created Our Songs – Sydney Kabuki Project, 2018, a single-channel video piece that records the oral and intangible histories of the people of Sydney. The work can be seen at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art during the Biennale, from 16 March to 11 June.

Image: Akira Takayama, Our Songs – Sydney Kabuki Project, 2018, video documentation of performances that took place on 28 January 2018. Filmmaker: Hikaru Fujii. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous support from The Neilson Foundation and generous assistance from Ishibashi Foundation, the Japan Foundation and the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Image courtesy the artist. Photo: Tai Spruyt