Islands for Life: Artistic Responses to Remote Social Polarization and Decline in 'Post-Growth' Japan

Tina Yin
Columbia University Morningside Campus Kent Hall, Room 403
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:00 to 09:30

Contemporary Japan, nearly 25 years
into its long, slow post-Bubble decline, is emerging as the world's leading
laboratory of the post-growth society: in at once its economic,
demographic, political and cultural dimensions. While any growth and dynamism
is located in Tokyo and a short list of other cities, its peripheral regions
are suffering extraordinary shrinkage through ageing populations and
disappearing industrial production. Among the most dramatic versions of this
story can be...