Workshop and Demonstrations Guidelines:
- Demonstrations and workshops must be related to mokuhanga, Japanese woodcut printmaking.
- Each presentation will be limited to a maximum of two hours including translation.
- The presenter must bear the cost of required tools and materials. Work tables will be provided.
- Selected presenters are expected to pay the Conference Registration fee.
To make a proposal, please submit the following:
- An outline of 300 words describing the workshop or demonstration in English or Japanese.
- Three digital images in JPEG format, maximum file size 1MB each
- Applicant’s biography (100 words)
- Applicant’s passport-size portrait in JPEG format
Paper Presentation Subjects:
- Mokuhanga History, Philosophy & Society
This topic concerns the incorporation of mokuhanga in universities and community workshops, providing insight into cross-cultural issues. A study of this traditional Japanese technique can create a better understanding of Japanese history, society, gender and the concept of ‘the artist’ in Japanese culture.
- Bridge-building: Educational Mokuhanga Practice, International Exchange & Residency Programs
For artists, educational practices that cultivate traditional and contemporary mokuhanga techniques can include information about international exchanges and residencies that expand horizons and inspire a younger generation of artists. While originating in Japan, mokuhanga can be seen as a vehicle for international exchange.
- Contemporary Mokuhanga
Mokuhanga today has expanded across the world, and has changed to become more relevant to contemporary artists. This topic encompasses innovative artwork inspired by the technique or imagery of mokuhanga as well as work that expands mokuhanga into hybrid techniques such as installation and performance.
- Materials Suppliers
The disappearance of traditional materials and their distribution network of small shops has created a challenge for artists looking for appropriate mokuhanga materials. Today new business relationships and new kinds of distribution networks are being created for tools, paper and other materials for the international community of mokuhanga artists.
- Art Markets and Mokuhanga
This topic addresses the changing viewpoints of galleries and print collectors whose experiences have evolved within today’s global art market, and the challenge of adapting the art market to the interconnected world.
- Local Practice: Mokuhanga in Hawaii and the Pacific Coast
An opportunity to look at the specific combination of cultural influences from East and West that have made Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Coast so hospitable to a new vision of mokuhanga.
- Mokuhanga, the Environment & Social Changes
The technique of mokuhanga perfectly suits the growing focus on safe environmental practices that reflect new notions about sustainability in an age of climate change. Today’s print shops and schools can benefit from the non-toxic aspects of 19th century mokuhanga technology to resolve concerns about toxicity. This topic also concerns the importance of preserving hand skills in the digital age, benefitting individual artists as well as the environment.
- Artist’s Presentations
This topic offers an opportunity for individual artists to present their own innovative and conceptually based mokuhanga artwork. Both emerging and established artists are encouraged to share their unique approaches to mokuhanga in their contemporary practice.
- Only papers that cover one of the above subjects are eligible.
- Papers must be in English or Japanese and under 3000 words. Papers may include images.
- The oral presentation of a paper will be limited to a maximum of 20 minutes. Extensions will not be allowed.
- Presenters must submit the presentation’s full text in advance to be published in the Conference Proceedings book. The deadline for full text submissions will be announced after the presenters have been selected.
- Selected presenters are expected to pay the conference registration fee.
Checklist for Paper Presentation Proposals:
- A 300 word abstract of the conference paper in English or Japanese formatted in Word or equiavalent
- Presenter’s biography in 100 words
- Passport size photo of the presenter
- Entry Form for Submission:Paper Presentation
Deadline March 31, 2017