ISSN: 20517041
First published in 2014
3 issues per volume
Volume 3 Issue 3: Contemporary Art and Ecology in East Asia
Cover Date: December 2016
Political ecology of art and architecture in Japan: 100 years ago and now
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Authors:  Eiko Honda 
DOI: 10.1386/jcca.3.3.243_1

political ecology,socially engaged art,modernity and modernization,longue durée,art and architecture,Meiji era Japan,post-3.11

What does it mean to discuss ‘political ecology’ in art and architecture now in the East Asian context? I investigate this through the historiography of Japan, re-examined in the light of present-day practices of art and architecture. It will consider how alternative notions of ecology, art and architecture there became neglected about 100 years ago in the shadow of the society’s hurried western modernization, and how their resurgence now may cast a new light on our contemporary crisis. Concurrently, it will provide a new theoretical reading of ‘socially engaged art’ that derives from buried intellectual currents of Japan, alternative to dominant Euro-American theories.
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