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Beyond Words: Transmediating Murakami Haruki

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen, Professor Christopher Jones, James Quin


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Curated by Jones, Beyond Words: Transmediating Murakami Haruki included new work made specifically for the exhibition by Jones along with new work by Akiko Fujimoto, Anna MacRae, James Quin, Petra Szemán and Katsutoshi Yuasa. The exhibition included a publication: ISBN: 978 1 5272 2087 4, co-authored, Hansen, G & Jones, C. Jones’ new work was in the form of a series of wall-based assemblages, Slipping through the Membrane, each of which included a printed component. The work aimed to articulate two approaches to Murakami’s writing: a. The construction and use of parallel realities which are prevalent in the narratives he develops; b. The link between that notion of parallel reality and the concept of literary translation. The exhibition aimed to: “first, shed light on the ways meaning is created as we read literary text and the process that must take place before a literary text can travel to another medium; second, to create a visual dialogue with and about Murakami Haruki’s writing” Hansen. The exhibition contributes to Dr Hansen’s larger AHRC-funded leadership project, ‘Gendering Murakami Haruki: Characters, Transmedial Productions and Contemporary Japan’, and was one in a series of events that came together in March 2018 under the umbrella title of ‘Eyes on Murakami’: translation workshop and public symposium, Murakami, Contemporary Japanese Writing and the English-reading Marketplace; the international academic conference, 40 Years with Murakami, and a film screening, Murakami Haruki on Screen, at Tyneside Cinema. The initial exhibition was exhibited in Fine Art’s Long Gallery and Atrium, and was limited to the days of the conference. Further venues are currently being approached in order to take the exhibition elsewhere: Daiwa Foundation, London; Oriental Museum, Durham and others in Denmark and Japan.

Publication metadata

Artist(s): Fujimoto A, Hansen G, Jones C, MacRae A, Szeman P, Quin J, Yuasa K

Publication type: Exhibition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2018

Number of Pieces: 17

Venue: Long Gallery & Atrium

Location: Fine Art, Newcastle University

Media of Output: Assemblage, painting, video, prints