Roland Kelts talking about Murakami Takashi’s “Superflat” aesthetic and the differences between Japanese and American art styles. Especially poignant is the contrast between hanga and Superman. The next clip I post will examine Pokemon and Hello Kitty! Stay tuned! (Can I say that on the Internet?)
For more information on Superflat, see the Hiroki Azuma article here.
I went to the Ukiyo-e exhibit at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC in December of 2001 with some of the other students and an instructor from Wash U. I had filmed what was being presented, but forgot all about the tapes. Digging through my stuff for a video to use as a test encode, I discovered the old VHS-C tape that I was using back then. After ripping the video to iMovie through the DV bridge I was testing, I slapped some music I’ve written on it for a soundtrack and posted it to YouTube. Hope you’ll enjoy!