At the symposium “Re-Edo-Cation” on 8 January 2022, artists and experts from Germany and Japan will explore possible ways of thinking about and shaping ecological change. The point of reference for the debate is the historical Edo period in Japan, in which an extremely lively art and culture developed despite a lack of energy and resources.
The symposium, which will take place simultaneously in Berlin and Tokyo in analogue form and online, with lectures, talks and artistic interventions, is a cooperation of the Akademie der Künste with the Floating University, the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, the Goethe-Institut Tokyo and Kyoto Experiment. It will be held in German, English and Japanese. Please note the special event times (see below).
For 250 years, during the Edo period from 1603 to 1868, Japan farmed almost exclusively on the basis of solar energy, without any external supply of resources. With a relatively high population density, it was possible to expand forest areas and increase soil yields. Tatami mats, kimono, paper walls, even sushi bear witness to the …
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Image caption: Akademie der Künste Berlin Hanseatenweg, Photo: Timo Ohler