Category Archives: Japanese Lesson

Popculture and Politics.

Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber, Japanese Lesson
one-channel video, since 2005, 12:09 min

This »Japanese Lesson« is an associative mashup, developing since 2005. Resulted from a long-lasting research it contains images and drawings from mangas and animes, still images from japanese movies, historical and current press-photographs; photos, drawings and paintings by japanese artists, snapshots by Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber took during their first visit in Tokyo in 2005, but also some of our their different artistic works as well as material they found in the web, magazines, LP-record-sleeves, catalogues, in the streets and subways of Tokyo and Osaka.

Activism and Landscape.

Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber »Activists and Landscape«
35 pigment prints, different sizes / framed, 2015 (grid ca.: 250 x 180 cm)
zines and publications, 2013
toys, since 2006

LESSON_DSF0594Exhibition Japanese Lesson, December 2015, Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf

Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber, Japanese Lesson, one-channel video, 2015
Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber, Zines 2012
Katja Stuke, Cry Minami, since 2015

This exhibitions also included the film »Diamond hour« (1994, by D.K. Uragi starring Ms. Glorias, Teiji Furuhashi and Bubu de la Madeleine/Dump Type) and several documentary videos of performances by Chim↑Pom)

Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber: Tokyo No Hate.
portrait- and landscape-photographs included in the exhibition above.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was an energy accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima, initiated primarily by the tsunami following the Tohoku earthquake on 11 March 2011. Since then Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber met activists in Japan, joined protest demonstrations, exchanged with artists and learned a lot abour places, spaces and history in Japan.

Walk #5: Imperial Hotel

Imperial Palace Portfolio 4
Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber, Walking Meditation #5
»The Headquarter« Imperial Hotel, April 23, 2017, 4:45 – 6:30 pm

24 pigment prints,  29 x 21 cm, framed (grid: 110 x 180 cm)

The Imperial Hotel was created in the late 1880s at the request of the Japanese aristocracy to cater to the increasing number of Western visitors to Japan. The hotel site is located just south of the Imperial Palace grounds. Three main buildings have stood on the hotel site, each of which embodied the finest Western design of its era. Including annexes, there have been at least 10 structures that have been part of the Imperial Hotel, including two designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. […] In the years and months leading up to the Games 1964, the hotels tried hard to get the various committees and federations to provide more exact numbers of guests. By the late 1960s, the Wright-designed structure was falling into decay, part of the building sinking into its foundation. The hotel was closed at the end of 1967, and demolished to make way for a high-rise structure. The Imperial Hotel will be the IOC Headquarter during the 2020 Olympic Games and demolished afterwards.  

Walk #6: Shibuya Station.

Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber, Walking Meditation #6
»Tokyo Happy« Shibuya,  April 24, 2017, 1 – 3:30  pm

pigment prints, 80 x 60 cm / 80 x 120 cm, unframed

»Shibuya Station Area Redevelopment Plan: Tokyo is undergoing sweeping change in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics. New sports venues are being built, public transit systems are being upgraded and thousands of hotel rooms are being added. But one of the most remarkable projects is the redevelopment of Shibuya Station, a dense rail hub that serves countless commuters every day.« (advertising, shibuyastation)

Walk #9: Ichinomiya.

Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber, Walking Meditation #9
»233 miles away« Ichinomiya, May 5, 2017, 12:15 – 15:30 pm

36 digital prints,  29 x 42 cm, framed (grid: 200 x 280 cm)

The Tsurigasaki Beach in the town of Ichinomiya, Chiba Prefecture, has been selected as a site for the surfing event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Surfing will make its debut at the 2020 Games as an official sport in the Summer Olympics. Ichinomiya is located 233 miles south of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Japanese Lesson

The Japanese Lesson is an ongoing collaborative project between Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber.

Japanese Lesson — exhibitions & presentations
Le Bal, Paris  »Japanese Lesson« Avant-premiere book presentation 
CCCB Barcelona »Japanese Lesson, A book to come«

Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf »Japanese Lesson«
IMA Tokyo: Artist Talk Katja Stuke, Oliver Sieber & ChimPom

Open Source Festival, Düsseldorf
Kunstverein Leverkusen

Photomuseum Braunschweig »Our House«

Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf (2009) new talents by nüans, Köln (2008), CASO Contemporary Art Space, Osaka (2006)

Japanese Lesson — publications

»Japanese Lesson« artist book, ed. of #5 + 5 AP
20 x 28 cm, 1260 pages, color digital offset-print, soft cover, open thread stiching
(also incl. 13 drawings, carbon paper, a gloassary) 

»Tokyo no Hate«
21 x 29, 7 cm, 72 pages, black white Xerox copy, soft cover, staple binding

»Japanese Lesson, A Colour Guide – Finding Le Corbusier ’s 63 Colours in ‚Deep Japan’«
14 x 21 cm, 88 pages, color digital offset-print, soft cover, open thread stiching

»Das März Heft« Open Source Festival-Edition
21 x 29,7 cm, 20 pages, all edited differently by audience
black white Xerox copy, soft cover, staple binding
ed. of 105 copies

»Böhm #34: Japanese Lesson«
21 x 29,7 cm, 12 pages, colour offset-print, staple binding
ed. of 105 copies

related publications/projects
since 2014   
»Cry Minami« Katja Stuke

 »J_Subs« Oliver Sieber

»Character Thieves« Oliver Sieber