»I can also—though in no way claiming to represent or to analyze reality itself (these being the major gestures of Western discourse)— isolate somewhere in the world  (faraway) a certain number of features (a term employed in linguistic), and out of  these features deliberately form a system. It is this system which I shall call: Japan.«  (Roland Barthes, Empire of the Signs)


Since 2005 Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber have been traveling to Japan, working on topics from subculture to surveillance. Since 2011 they are developing an extensive body of work they call the »Japanese Lesson«. At the beginning it was a single one-channel video, dealing with the visual influence, research and overwealming impressions of the Japanese cities, life and culture. Since then their perspective became more elaborated and several new works have been created: photobooks, different photographic series, dealing with topics like protest and activism, activists and landscape — political landscape.