symposium on the art of transformation Re EDO cate ME!

re EDO cate me!

Wed.23.02. - Sun.27.02.2022,
Akademie der Künste: 8:00 AM-3:00 PM, Goethe-Institut Tokyo: 4:00 PM-11:00 PM

Goethe-Institut Tokyo, Room 314/315

Auditory Symposium in cooperation with: Floating University, Schaubühne Berlin, Akademie der Künste, KYOTO EXPERIMENT and Goethe-Institut Tokyo


You can listen to the sysmposium live on jan 8th 2022 on the event website "Re EDOcateme! (registration not required).

We know that we have to fundamentally change our way of life in order to survive on this planet. But there is a gap between knowledge and action. How can the necessary transformation process get inspired? For almost 250 years (1603 to 1868), Japan operated almost exclusively on the basis of solar energy and without any supply of external resources. Despite a relatively high population density, it was possible to expand forest areas and increase soil yields. There was also a vibrant development of art and culture during this period. Much of what is considered typically Japanese today has its origins in the acute crisis: tatami, kimono, paper walls, even sushi were derived from the need to conserve resources and save energy. While today's debates on ecological transformation are often conducted in categories of renunciation and asceticism, even in the field of art, we see here exciting examples of aesthetic and cultural innovation.

Starting from the historical model of the Japanese Edo period, the symposium seeks to provide spaces for the contemplation and design of our shared future, in lectures, panels, art interventions, and informal conversations during food breaks.

It will take place at the Goethe-Institut Tokyo and the Akademie der Künste Berlin (at Hanseatenweg 10) simultaneously as a face-to-face event and the audio will be broadcasted also live on the internet - in Japanese, German and English. There will be tea and soup, footbaths and artistic live acts.
Tokyo time program Berlin time
16:00 welcome 8:00

videowalk (walk through Edo-Tokyo Museum)
lecture: Azby Brown "Walk Through Japan in Edo-Time"
discussion: Fritz Frenkler and Azby Brown

17:05 live act 1:
Paperorgan Opus1 (Berlin)
Kansai Studies - Driftwood Q&A Part I with Nagara Wada and Toshikatsu Ienari (Tokyo)
17:15 break (Tokyo:EAT & ART TARO) 9:15
17:45 lecture: Prof. Yuko Tanaka, Gesrpäch von
Matthier Schmelzer und Prof. Yuka Tanaka
18:55 Live Act II: Bastian Reiber "Murmel Murmel" (Berlin)
Kansai Studies - Driftwood Part I with Nagara Wada and Toshikatsu Ienari (Tokyo)
19:05 lecture: Ulrike Herrmann "The end of capitalism", Talk:  Andres Veiel and Ulrike Herrmann 11:05
19:45 break (Tokyo: dinner by EAT & ART TARO, Berlin: lunch) 11:45
20:30 lecture: Daigo Kosakai  "Regulation of Forestation in Edo", lecture: Dr. Michaela Christ "Transformation", Talk: Daigo Kosakai and Dr. Michaela Christ 12:30
21:40 presentation: The ReEDOca ME! Festival in Floating University 2022, Kyoto Experiment 13:40
22:00 end 14:00
(Program subject to change)

With the kind support of the Japan Foundation:
Japan Foundation