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The exhibition “Map stories” of Youkobo Artist-in-Residence Scott Townsend (USA) Associate Professor, Department of Graphic Design, North Carolina State University, will open Thursday 28 June at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo Japan.
Since the end of the Cold War, political boundaries have changed and many people perceive themselves at risk- or find that they are questioning what constitutes their identity in the broadest sense. At the same time, increased travel and a global economy have brought people with diverse backgrounds together, where they must struggle to comprehend other languages and cultures. Identity is in question- on a continuum spanning the personal, regional, national and international.
Map Stories are online interactive works, which present text, images and animation that explores this fear, while allowing viewers to visualize their collective responses within the piece, and over time. Many of the pieces use images of the body where the individual’s boundaries are compromised, (for example being in an enclosed space with a stranger and breathing the same air, having to carry on a conversation, etc.). These are starting points for short writings presented to the viewer. Responses are culled, comparing answers from U.S. and Japanese audiences.
Department of Graphic Design
NC State University
Raleigh, NC, USA
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