Bodyscapes: new film and video from Japan

Oct 18-Apr 19 • Across UK

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Cambrian Explosion, Fuyuhiko Takata, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Cambrian Explosion, Fuyuhiko Takata, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.


Bodyscapes is a collection of new films by Japanese artists whose use of the body is central to their work – either as a landscape, a political metaphor or method of expression – the body acts as a vehicle and subject to communicate ideas.

In Fuyuhiko Takata’s Little Mermaid-inspired Cambrian Explosion, Takata’s character – Princess Mermaid – attempts to create his own legs by bloodily sawing his tail in half. Aya Momose attempts to speak and converse with a goat, to share feelings of forgiveness and pain following the commitment from one body to another in her film, To Cuddle a Goat, a Poor Grammar Exercise. And in The Educational System of an Empire by Hikaru Fujii, the artist asks a group of young South Korean’s to reenact the tyrannical actions of colonial Japan upon the nation of Korea.

All five films are UK premieres.


– Bivalvia: Act I​, Yu Araki, 2017, 20:20mins
– Cambrian Explosion​, Fuyuhiko Takata, 2016, 2:35mins
– To Cuddle a Goat, a Poor Grammar Exercise​, Aya Momose, 2016, 13:50mins
– The Educational System of an Empire​​, Hikaru Fujii, 2016, 21 mins ​​
– Daytime, Yuichiro Tamura, 2017, 2:50 mins

 Total runtime: 61 mins.

Venue dates and details

Date and time: 4 October 2018 at 6:30pm doors and bar, 7pm start
Price: £3
Address: Fabrica, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG
To book tickets: / 01273 778646

Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre
Date and time: Friday, 25 January 2019 at 8pm
Price: FREE – no booking required
Address: 4 Midland Street, Leicester LE1 1TG
Web / contact: / 0116 242 2800

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Date and time: Thursday, 28 February 2019 at 6pm
Price: FREE – please reserve your ticket here
Address: 13-14 Cornwall Terrace 4QP, Outer Cir, London
To book tickets: / 020 7486 4348

Folkestone Quarterhouse – Strange Love Timebase Media Festival 2019
Date and time: Saturday, 23 March 2019 at 4pm
Price: FREE – no booking required
Address: Mill Bay Road, Folkestone, CT20 1BN
Web / contact: / 01303 760750

Royal College of Art
Date and time: Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at 6:30pm
Price: FREE – no booking required
Address: Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Dyson Building, Riverside, 1 Hester Rd, London SW11 4AN

Bodyscapes has been curated by Moritz Cheung, and is supported by videoclub, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and Arts Council England.

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