Exhibitions & Events


Art After Hours 2019

Spitting Spirits: from hip hop to acoustic sound with MC Yan

31 Aug 2019

Under-Cover: Investigations in Art Publishing

25 Jul - 31 Aug, 2019

The Great Spirit: acoustic performance by MC Yan

30 Aug 2019

Under-Cover: Investigations in Art Publishing – Spotlight

25 Jul - 29 Aug, 2019

Incoming Outgoing No. 1: spontaneous rituals with Shane Aspegren and Suitcase Institute

23 Aug 2019

Screening and Talk | Chungking Global

17 Aug 2019

Merry Night Ride: performance by Merry Lamb Lamb

16 Aug 2019

Real Estate Zine Bedroom Story: launch with Popo-Post Art Group

9 Aug 2019

Translator as viewer as performer: re-translating conceptual art with Yan Wu

3 Aug 2019

Richard Roe: reading by Tyler Coburn

2 Aug 2019

Cross and Transfer: Bookmaking Workshop with Doreen Chan

27 Jul 2019

ART AFTER HOURS - Disaster and Japanese Art: Noi Sawaragi Lecture

14 Jul 2019

Art After Hours: Mauvais Sang Screening + Li Chi Tak in Conversation

28 Jun 2019

Art After Hours: Sarah Morris: No Inside Outside (ASAP Keynote Lecture)

7 Jun 2019

Art After Hours: Screening and Talk | Rehearsing the Museum

24 May 2019

"Yesterday Once More" Film Premiere and Talk

17 May 2019

Yuk Hui: Book Launch

3 May 2019

Art After Hours: Influenzers 你我相隔(多麼遠) Performative Workshop with Enoch Cheng and curator talk with Ying Kwok

12 Apr 2019

Bitten: Inside the Mosquito World

6 Apr 2019

Screening of “Prison Architect” by Cao Fei with the artist present and followed by a Q&A session

28 Mar 2019

Art After Hours: Influenzers 你我相隔 (多麼遠) Performative Workshop with Enoch Cheng

22 Mar 2019

Art After Hours: “Come to me, Paradise” Film Screening and Conversation with Artist Stephanie Comilang

15 Mar 2019

Travelling Book: “14 Years Old & World & Border” Book Launch & Reading Event

9 Mar 2019

Art After Hours: “The Witching Hour” Panel

8 Mar 2019

Art After Hours: The Violence of Gender (From a Hong Kong perspective) Panel

7 Mar 2019

[Art After Hours] Artist’s Choice: ”Night of the Living Dead“ and in Conversation with Angela Su

1 Mar 2019

Art After Hours: Zhong Kui and the Reform of Hell—A Puppet Show by eteam

22 - 23 Feb, 2019

Art After Hours: Karaoke Court by Jack Tan

8 Feb 2019

Art After Hours: Contagion and Hygiene panel

1 Feb 2019

Art After Hours: Hong Kong Visions with Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong

18 Jan 2019

Art After Hours: The Great Every Pandiculate Dinner Party

4 Jan 2019

Paid Programme Registration Required

ART AFTER HOURS - Disaster and Japanese Art: Noi Sawaragi Lecture

Time |
7:30pm-9:30pm
Location |
JC Contemporary
Price |
Free of charge

The renowned Japanese art critic Noi Sawaragi will situate Japanese art in the specific geographical context of Japan, where natural disasters befall frequently and wreak havoc, and explicate his theory on the relationship between the uniqueness of Japanese art and a country that is never freed from the fear of disaster. Professor Sawaragi will touch upon The 500 Arhats, an immense breathtaking work that can be seen as Takashi Murakami’s response to the 3.11 tsunami and earthquake, as well as discussing issues in Japanese anime and manga culture in the panel.

Moderator and Translator: Lim Kah Wai (Independent Filmmaker, Film Programme Curator)


Free Admission; please register to secure your seat

*The lecture will be conducted in Japanese, with consecutive interpretation into Cantonese available 


About Noi Sawaragi

Born in 1962, Noi Sawaragi graduated from the Culture Department in the Faculty of Literature at Doshisha University and began work as a critic in Tokyo. His first collection of critical essays, Simulationism prompted broad discussion as a work that guided cultural trends in the 90s. People like Takashi Murakami, Kenji Yanobe and Norimizu Ameya curated challenging exhibitions at the same time.

In his most famous work, Japan, Modernity, and Art, Sawaragi refers to post-war Japan a “bad place” and questions the fundamentals of Japanese art history and art criticism. He has authored numerous other publications including War and the World’s Fair, a critical re-examination of the 1970 Osaka World’s Fair, and two volumes, Post-Art Criticism and Earthquake Art Criticism, written in response to the 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Noi Sawaragi is now a professor in the Tama Art University Art Faculty, and a  member of Institute for Art Anthropology, Tama Art University.