Phases of Nothingness: Mono-ha’s Discursive Origins and Contemporary Impact
Dr. Mika Yoshitake considers the origins and contemporary impact of Mono-ha, a Japanese artistic movement centered in Tokyo that emerges in the context of a self-critical turn against modern rationalism in avant-garde art circles of the late 1960s. Representing a tendency to present transient arrangements of natural and industrial materials, one of Mono-ha’s central formative principles presents all elements (subject, material, and site) as inseparable and nonhierarchical. This principle is examined through the writings of the group’s key ideologue, Lee Ufan. Lee’s discovery of Sekine Nobuo in a landmark essay, “Beyond Being and Nothingness” (1971) offers insights into three conditional modes of experience: gesture, corporeality, and topos. Following a close examination of Lee’s theories that integrate Eastern and Western ontology, this lecture examines how these perceptual attitudes contribute to a wider resurgent interest in recent artistic practices to question contingencies of the object.
The lecture was held on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6 pm.
Art and Design | Arts and Humanities | Photography
Yoshitake, Mika, "Phases of Nothingness: Mono-ha’s Discursive Origins and Contemporary Impact" (2014). Kazuki Fukuda-Abe Endowed Lecture Series in Contemporary Japanese Arts. 2.