Tate Britain Conference

Transnational Cities Tokyo and London

Lee Ufan, ‘From Line’ 1978
Lee Ufan, From Line 1978. Tate. © Lee Ufan

Tokyo and London as sites of transnational exchange

Transnational Cities: Tokyo and London was an international symposium co-hosted by Tate Research Centre: Asia and TrAIN Research Centre, UAL and arranged in partnership with Aoyama Gakuin University, Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis, Carleton University, Meiji Jingu Intercultural Research Institute and Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC).

This symposium examined the historical interconnectedness of cultures in Tokyo and London. The first day explored Tokyo’s transnational histories and futures. The second day looked at the intersections and points of contact among multiple cultures and diverse artistic legacies in London.

Keynote lectures were delivered by Sonia Boyce, Reiko Tomii and Lee Ufan.

Speakers included: Alessio Antoniolli, Michael Asbury, Gavin Jantjes, Shanay Jhaveri, Carmen Julia, Geeta Kapur, Kuroishi Izumi, Sook-Kyung Lee, Amna Malik, Vivan Sundaram, Ming Tiampo, Isobel Whitelegg and Hiroki Yamamoto.

Programme for Transnational Cities: Tokyo and London (PDF, 332.57 KB)


Day one

Session 1: Introduction
Session 2: Reiko Tomii Keynote
Session 3: Reiko Tomii Q&A
Session 4: Yoshiko Imaizumi
Session 5: Izumi Kuroishi
Session 6: Hiroko Ikegami
Session 7: Tokyo Q&A Panel
Session 8: Lee Ufan
Session 9: Lee Ufan Q&A
Session 10: Sook Kyung Lee
Session 11: Hiroki Yamamoto
Session 12: Q&A

Day two

Session 1: Introduction and Ming Tiampo
Session 2: Michael Asbury
Session 3: Shanay Jhaveri
Session 4: Alessio Antoniolli
Session 5: Panel One Discussion
Session 6: Geeta Kapur and Gavin Jantjes
Session 7: Hammad Nasar and Isobel Whitelegg
Session 8: Carmen Julia
Session 9: Vivan Sundaram
Session 10: Panel Two Discussion
Session 11: Sonia Boyce
Session 12: Sonia Boyce Q&A

Tate Research Centre: Asia has been generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional funding for Transnational Cities has been provided by Toshiba International Foundation, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts Cultures, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.​​​ In association with the Japan Foundation who provided Japanese translation.

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The Clore Auditorium

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29 September 2017 at 10.00–18.00

30 September 2017 at 10.00–18.00

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