Becca Voelcker

Memory and Reconstruction: Japanese photography and architecture in two exhibitions Ocula Feature Memory and Reconstruction: Japanese photography and architecture in two exhibitions By Becca Voelcker, New York

On 11th March 2011, a catastrophic earthquake struck northeast Japan, triggering a tsunami and nuclear power-plant explosion at Fukushima. Known as ‘3/11’, this environmental, political and socio-economic disaster has been met with widespread artistic and social responses—not least from Japanese photographers and architects....

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Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015 Ocula Feature Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015 By Becca Voelcker, Kyoto

Shinkansen trains snake into Kyoto Station. Under the first shy blossoms of spring, pilgrims and tourists visit shrines, temples and palaces⎯some with selfie-sticks, others with coins to make a wish. In his 2007 film Transmission, Harun Farocki focuses on hand movements and gestures of visitors to sacred and memorial sites, including St....

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Art Fair Tokyo and a Suggested Itinerary in Five Parts Ocula Feature Art Fair Tokyo and a Suggested Itinerary in Five Parts By Becca Voelcker, Tokyo

With only a matter of days until the opening of Art Fair Tokyo 2015 – shortly followed, it’s forecast, by the first cherry blossoms – what better time to explore the city. Organised into themes and districts, this guide offers a broad scope of contemporary art gallery and event recommendations. Not to mention a few treats in...

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Japan Focus: Three Tokyo Exhibitions Ocula Feature Japan Focus: Three Tokyo Exhibitions By Becca Voelcker, Tokyo

I walk along Tokyo’s Ginza shopping street towards the basement art gallery of Shiseido’s store, where three series of recent works by renowned Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki are on display in Nobuyoshi Araki Ōjō Shashū: Photography for the Afterlife — EasternSky.  It’s one of those autumn days when the...

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Yokohama Triennale 2014 'Art Fahrenheit 451: Sailing Into The Sea Of Oblivion' Ocula Feature Yokohama Triennale 2014 'Art Fahrenheit 451: Sailing Into The Sea Of Oblivion' By Becca Voelcker, Yokohama

At the height of McCarthyism, American writer Ray Bradbury published his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 which describes life in a near future where all books are burned on the orders of the state. Extrapolating from the situation of censorship that he felt pervaded 1950s America, Bradbury imagined a fleet of ‘firemen’ who ignite...

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Mediacity Seoul 2014: Ghosts, Spies, And Grandmothers Ocula Feature Mediacity Seoul 2014: Ghosts, Spies, And Grandmothers By Becca Voelcker, Seoul

Since its foundation in 2000, Seoul’s contemporary art biennial, Mediacity, aims to represent the city’s identity as a hub of media and technology. With an exhibition on three floors of Seoul Museum of Art, and a programme of screenings in the Korean Film Museum, Mediacity surveys the current climate in art production, shifting its...

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The winners will receive US $75,000 to support the creation of works that engage local communities.

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