2012-2013 Events

event highlights

Date: Thursday March 14, 2013
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Location: E51-149 (MIT)

Book Launch:
"The Soul of Anime"
Professor Ian Condry

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Why is Japan the world leader in animation? Come hear anthropologist Ian Condry give a multimedia presentation on his newly published book "The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan's Media Success Story" (2013, Duke University Press), which is based on fieldwork in Tokyo's leading animation studios and includes a behind-the-scenes look at famed director Mamoru Hosoda's creative process.





Date: Thursday March 14, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: 26-100 (MIT)

Film Screening:
"Wolf Children"
(2012, Dir. Hosoda, Japan)
New England Premiere!!

Anime screening followed
by Q/A with
Director Mamoru Hosoda

MIT COOL JAPAN is thrilled to present the brilliant third feature from Mamoru Hosoda, whose Summer Wars (2009) and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) have established him as one of the world’s top creative forces in animation. One day Hana spies a mysterious outcast sitting in on her college lecture. A romance ensues, even though her new beau is part wolf. Before long Hana gives birth to two children, Ame (Rain) and Yuki (Snow), rambunctious bundles of joy who share their father's secret. Brimming with Hosoda’s trademark visual splendor, Wolf Children is his most emotionally resonant film to date, a stunningly animated and heart-felt fable about growing up, growing apart, and the choices faced along the way. Appropriate for all ages. Japanese w/ English subtitles.

Date: Thursday April 4, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM (Reception to follow)
Location: 4-231 (MIT)

The Cultural Feedback
of Noise

David Novak

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Noise, an underground music made through an amalgam of feedback, distortion, and electronic effects, first emerged in the 1980s, circulating on cassette tapes traded between fans in Japan, Europe and North America. With its cultivated obscurity, ear-shattering sound, and over-the-top performances, Noise captured the imagination of a small but passionate transnational audience, despite remaining deeply underground. How did the submergent circulations of Noise become such a compelling metaphor for the complexities of globalization, intercultural exchange and participatory media at the turn of the millennium? In this talk, I trace the “cultural feedback” of Noise through the productive distortions of its mediated networks: its recorded forms, technologies of live performance, and into the lives and creative practices of musicians and listeners.

David Novak teaches in the Music Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work deals with the globalization of popular music, media technologies, experimental culture, and social practices of listening. He is the author of recent essays in Public Culture, Cultural Anthropology, and Popular Music, as well as the book Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation (Duke University Press).

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