Category Archives: Japanese Lesson

Popculture and Politics.


Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber, Japanese Lesson
one-channel video, since 2005, 5:34 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.

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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 #9: Ichinomiya.


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

30 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.

Img.: Installation view »Japanese Lesson. Fotografie neu Ordnen. Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg. Until May 31, 2019) »Ichinomiya« in the back. On the monitor: »Nishinari«.

Japanese Lesson

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

Japanese Lesson — exhibitions & presentations
2018  
»Fotografie neu ordnen, Japanese Lesson« Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe
»Japanese Lesson« Artist Talk, The Eyes, Paris Photo 2018
»Japanese Lesson« at UNSEEN Amsterdam

2017   
Le Bal, Paris  »Japanese Lesson« Avant-premiere book presentation 
CCCB Barcelona »Japanese Lesson, A book to come«

2015   
Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf »Japanese Lesson«
IMA Tokyo: Artist Talk Katja Stuke, Oliver Sieber & ChimPom

2012    
Open Source Festival, Düsseldorf
Kunstverein Leverkusen

2011     
Photomuseum Braunschweig »Our House«

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

Japanese Lesson — publications

2017    
»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

2012     
»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

2010    
»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

2006 
 »J_Subs« Oliver Sieber

2005–2012
»Character Thieves« Oliver Sieber