Visual artists Hiroko Tsuchimoto and Malin Pettersson Öberg are since April 2015 organizing a Japanese book circle / reading group at Slakthusateljéerna. Japanese literature (facts, fiction, poetry…) is read and discussed as a tool to learn more about Japanese and Swedish culture and its conjunctions, and to share this interest with others. Please read more about how the project started below. Most welcome to the next session!
The third session / Tuesday, 8 Sept 2015 at 6:00 pm / Slakthusateljéerna, Bolidenvägen 22, Stockholm / The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon (1002) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pillow_Book
The second session / Tuesday, 16 June 2015 at 6:00 pm / Slakthusateljéerna, Bolidenvägen 22, Stockholm / In Praise of Shadows by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki (1933) http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Praise_of_Shadows
The first session / 27 April 2015 at 6:00pm / Slakthusateljéerna, Bolidenvägen 22 Stockholm/ Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Murakami (1997) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground
Photographer: Tetsuhiro Koyanagi http://tetsukoyanagi.com/
During the event Situations of Kekko, organized by Hiroko Tsuchimoto and Malin Pettersson Öberg at Konsthall C in Hökarängen (Stockholm) in Nov. 2014, many of the Swedish and Japanese visitors took part in a conversation about the nuclear accident in Fukushima and other engaging issues connecting the Swedish and Japanese culture. We asked ourselves which differences and similarities we encounter in the two cultures, and how concepts such as work, the relation to the present, language/communication, gender roles and political engagement formulates. Further, which are our ideas and expectations towards the other culture? One format to continue this discussion that we came up with was a Japanese book circle, taking place at different locations in Stockholm. Each session is open – not mandatory – for the members to attend, and the group itself selects the next date and book to read. Please remember to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com if you want to attend, as we might have to limit the number of places. Please also keep in mind that each sessions will be documented by voice recording. Documentation will be made available.