Symposium: The Aesthetics & Politics of Superflat

April 15, 2005
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Friday, April 15
9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Held at Buell Hall on Columbia University’s Morningside campus (enter at 116th Street & Broadway or Amsterdam).

A one-day symposium centering on the works and practices associated with the aesthetic theory known as “Superflat.” Coined by the artist Takashi Murakami, Superflat describes an aesthetic (highly influenced by digital technologies and Japanese animation) characterized by the interplay of mobile, flat surfaces.

The presentations at this symposium will examine the implications of Superflat in relation to art, media, music, society and politics in Japan. 

Participants include:
Marilyn Ivy, Dept. of Anthropology, Columbia University
Sabu Kohso, Independent Scholar
Thomas Lamarre, Dept. of East Asian Studies, McGill University
Thomas Looser, Dept. of East Asian Studies, New York University
Alexandra Munroe, Director, Japan Society Gallery
David Novak, Dept. of Music, Columbia University.   

Tickets: Admission is FREE, but reservations are required. To register, e-mail the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at [email protected].


  • April 15, 2005 – April 15, 2005