Two events at JFT: Dance lecture/video Nov 23; Kobe Reconstructionlecture Nov. 26

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Two events at JFT: Dance lecture/video Nov 23; Kobe Reconstructionlecture Nov. 26

Post  JF on Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:56 pm


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Two Events at the Japan Foundation, Toronto NEXT WEEK:

Tuesday, November 23, 6:30 pm:
Talk and video screening: QWERTY
by YUZO ISHIYAMA, choreographer/multimedia performance artist

Friday, November 26, 7:00 pm:
Reconstructing Kobe : Lessons from Rebuilding a Japanese City after the 1995 Hanshin Earthquake
A lecture by Dr. David Edgington, Associate Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia
Author of “Reconstructing Kobe:The Geography of Crisis and Opportunity”

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YUZO ISHIYAMA, choreographer/multimedia performance artist:
Talk and video screening: QWERTY


Date: Tuesday, November 23, 6:30 – 8:00 pm (doors 6:00)
Location: The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Address: 131 Bloor St. W. , 2nd floor of the Colonnade Building
Language: Japanese with English interpreter
Admission: free
RSVP Required: http://www.jftor.org/whatson/rsvp.php or (416) 966-1600 x102

Previously presented at Panorama Festival (Rio de Janeiro / Brazil), Dance Exhibition 2006 at the New National Theatre Tokyo (Japan) and digital art festival Bains Numériques #2 (Enghien-les-Bains / France), Yuzo Ishiyama’s dance piece QWERTY will be performed at CINARS (international performing arts market in Montreal) on November 17, 2010 as a part of the official showcase. The current version of QWERTY is more charged with intensity by the permeation of digital technology. QWERTY is a performance which reflects insight into confusion/hesitation and the re-recognition of the human body. This piece clearly embraces Ishiyama’s point of view that the human body exists on the same extended line as digital media. Sound, visual images, lighting and human bodies are equally ‘performers’ in QWERTY. Yuzo Ishiyama will make a special stopover in Toronto on the way back from Montreal to present a video of the performance and speak about his work.

Website of Yuzo Ishiyama's group A.P.I.: www.info-api.com
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Reconstructing Kobe:
Lessons from Rebuilding a Japanese City after the 1995 Hanshin Earthquake


Dr. David Edgington
Associate Professor of Geography University of British Columbia
Author of “Reconstructing Kobe : The Geography of Crisis and Opportunity ”


Date: Friday, November 26, 7:00 pm (doors open 6:30)
Location: The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Address: 131 Bloor St. W. , 2nd Floor of the Colonnade Building
Admission: Free
Reservations required: www.jftor.org/whatson/rsvp.php or (416) 966-1600 x103

This presentation focuses on the complexity of reconstruction planning in Kobe (pop. 1.5 mill.), Japan , following the Great Hanshin earthquake in January 1995. The earthquake and ensuing fires led to the loss of over 6,000 lives and destroyed over 200,000 homes. While post-disaster investigations typically report on the devastation of natural catastrophes and the immediate recovery efforts, this study examines aspects of long-term reconstruction planning. The presenter set out to answer a number of research questions including, what were the city’s objectives in rebuilding urban areas devastated by the quake and ensuing fires? How were the hundreds of thousands of displaced people housed, and how was Kobe ’s urban economy affected?

The research was based on field investigations conducted between 1995 and 2005, and incorporated interviews with city planners, local government administrators, community organizers, national government officials, as well as academic scholars. Overall, the study confirms the inherent complexity involved in reconstruction after a major disaster, while pointing to cultural features specific to the Japanese approach. There are many lessons from the Kobe disaster and reconstruction planning for other cities.

About Dr. Edgington:

David Edgington is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he teaches courses on Japan and the Pacific Rim . His research into urban Japan seeks to understand how cities and regions have responded to the challenge of industrial restructuring as well as social and environmental concerns. He is author of “Reconstructing Kobe: The Geography of Crisis and Opportunity” (UBC Press, 2010), and his work on Kobe has been supported by a Japan Foundation Research Fellowship.

Co-presented by The Japan Foundation and The Canadian Urban Institute

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