T. Kondo MA (Takako)
External PhD candidate - Department of History, Art History and Classics
External PhD candidate - Radboud Institute for Culture and History
6525 HT NIJMEGEN
6500 HD NIJMEGEN
My dissertation, entitled Art beyond Japan: Contemporary Art in the Politics of Translation, is a critical investigation of knowledge production of the notion of “contemporary Japanese art” in both English and Japanese language realms. This study approaches to the formation of the notion as a discursive construction in the interest of various cultural-ideological intentions on the backdrop of the emerging discipline of World Art History. Paying close attention to art historical, critical, and artistic enunciations in/on contemporary art of/from Japan since the 1950s proposing artistic notions and epistemic conditions that are ulterior to the traditional Western notion of fine arts, this study argues that there is a structure which buries these enunciations, whereas serving “transparency” on the idea of contemporary art of/from Japan as a culturally and artistically unified entity. The structure, this study seeks to expose, is translation. In the present era of globalization, it is unthinkable for art historians and critics to pursue their scholarly studies without employing any translation; however, this study takes issue with the translational practice in art criticism, as an operation at stake. This dissertation is a transdisciplinary undertaking that takes its place at the crossroad of Art History, Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, and Cultural Studies.
- Blindingly Obviously “Japanese”: Cultural-Political Reading of the Cool Japan Exhibition in the Netherlands.” Japanese Pop-Texts in the Global Context. Eds. Takayuki Yokota-Murakami and Noriko Hiraishi. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.
- “‘Still Another History’ from the In-Between: Hiroshi Sugimoto’s ‘History of History' and Its Surrounding Theories.” Utsushi and Utsuroi – Metempsychosis and Passage: Recipients of Transcultural Migration and Haptic Transfigurations. Ed. Shigemi Inaga. Tokyo: Kachôsha, 2019. [in Japanese]
- “Questioning Transparency: On Translation and Contemporary Japanese Art in World Art History.” Conference Proceedings of The 34th World Congress of Art History (Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art [CIHA]): Terms. Eds. Shao Dazhen, Fan Di’an, and Lao Zhu. Beijing: The Commercial Press, 2019: 787-793.
- “Surviving as an Avant-Gardist: A Piratical Study on Kudô Tetsumi.” Piratical View of the World History: A Reversed Perception of the Order of Things. Ed. Shigemi Inaga. Kyoto: Shibunkaku shuppan, 2017. [in Japanese]
- “Whereabouts of ‘Contemporary Japanese Art’ in World Art History: A Comparative Study of Art Criticisms in English and Japanese.” Kajima bijutsu kenkyû 33 (November 2016): 146-55. [in Japanese]
Overseas collaborative researcher
(01 April 2015)
International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), Kyoto, Japan
Advisor (visual arts, photography, new media & design)
(01 April 2020)
Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Amsterdam