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Thursday, April 13, 2017
With degrees in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and in Interactive Telecommunication from NYU, Alex Dodge’s work combines the promise of technology as it interacts with and shapes human experience. He focuses his attention as an artist between new media and traditional fine art disciplines including painting, printmaking, woodworking and sculpture. His work is in the collections of the Museum
of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
Dodge was awarded a JUSFC Creative Artist Fellowship in 2016. He traveled to Japan in October 2016 to pursue his interests in technology and traditional woodworking.
On the technology side, working at a pure code level led him to create generative systems that can build self-evolving sculpture and other art. Dodge put his ideas into motion by experimenting with language, writing code for programs that would generate new words that were statistically similar to real words but did not have any meaning.
“I took a Japanese language class in high school and fell in love with it,” he explains. “Using Japanese as my model, the idea was to create an empty container of meaning that could be experienced much like art.”
These language programs evolved into physical, visual forms, generating billions of unique shapes, similar to Tetris shapes that self-formed and assembled based on the conditions of their environment.
Dodge combined this fascinating project with his interest in Japanese joinery, a form of traditional woodworking. Two years before, he had contacted… » READ MORE
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Two Outstanding U.S. Scholars Selected to Participate in 2017 Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is delighted to announce that two outstanding scholars from the United States have been selected to participate in the 2017 Fellowship Program for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan. The Fellowship is a joint activity of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan’s international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations.
Aaron S. Moore Arizona State University Engineering Asian Development: The Cold War and Japan’s Post-Colonial Power in Asia
Amy Borovoy Princeton University Organ Donation and Medical Practices in Modern Japanese Culture
For more information on the Fellowship, please attend NEH’s panel at the Association of Asian Studies’ meeting this week. March 18, 10:45a.m., Birchwood Ballroom, Sheraton Centre Toronto. Please also visit NEH’s website.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Who is studying Japanese? And why is Japanese language study important? To address the rising concern within some academic circles in the United States and Japan that Japan Studies as a field is in “crisis”, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission convened a roundtable discussion at AAS’ annual meeting in March 2016. The program, which drew an audience of nearly 100 faculty and graduate students examined the current trends in Japan Studies; identified the issues that need to be addressed; and solicited recommendations on creating a demand for and diversifying Japan Studies in the United States.
As a follow-up to the 2016 roundtable, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is hosting a panel discussion at AAS 2017 to identify solutions by discussing Japanese language study in the context of the broader theme of Japan Studies. The panel will focus on ways to secure interest in and support for Japanese language study amongst the next generation of students.
Please join us on Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Mezzanine, Willow Centre
The conversation will continue on Twitter at @j_usfc #JUSFCJapanStudies
Please also join us at a networking reception. Meet JUSFC Commissioners, staff and grantees. Saturday, March 18, 7:30 to 9:30pm, Chestnut Room, Sheraton Centre Toronto.
The Commission has spent the last four decades supporting the U.S.-Japan relationship through public policy, arts, culture, and educational exchanges.
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