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March 17, 2014

Kazue Kobata
Professor, Department of Intermedia Art, Tokyo University of the Arts

Art curator and professor Kazue Kobata will explore themes of political and personal transformation in connection with aspects of technology, medium, and experience as they unfold in Japanese cinema.

In 1982, Kazue Kobata opened Plan B in Nakano, Tokyo, Japan’s first alternative art space run by artists. Her expansive career includes working as an adjunct curator and producer at MoMA PS1 (New York) and De Appel Arts Centre (Amsterdam). She has translated numerous books on philosophy, science, contemporary art, photography, music, performance, and fashion by authors including Susan Sontag, Laurie Anderson, Issey Miyake, Eiko Ishioka, Tony Godfrey, and Lyall Watson. Kobata has also worked with a number of established and experimental artists in film, video, and TV, including multimedia artist and film essayist Chris Marker. Currently she is Dean and Professor in the Department of Intermedia Art at the Tokyo National University of the Arts and she serves as a juror for a number of contemporary art awards, grants, and programs.