Safety last: risk, interactivity and video activism in contemporary Tokyo
Abstract:As the debate over Japan's re-militarization and revision of the 1947 Peace Constitution continues, art and activism have challenged the increasing presence of the security state in everyday life. Art activists object to the way that ambient global risk is framed by state and media in indigenous terms, seen as imminent and local to Japan, particularly through measures analogizing Japan's supposed threat from North Korea to the 9/11 attacks. Departing from the political modernist critique of idealism pursued as rupture and discontinuity by film-maker critics of post-war militarism in the 1960s and 1970s, video activist/director Tsuchiya Yutaka patterns his critique of risk on properties of television - sitespecificity, genre, and form - to show how global risk is made to seem site-specific to Tokyo, yet written into narratives of risk on a global scale.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: McGill University.
Publication date: 2005-12-01
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