Yang Chen

Student Representative (2018/19); Editor-in-Chief of Museological Review (2018/19)

Research Theme

Jikken Kōbō (JK or Experimental Workshop) as a Japanese avant-garde collective emerged during the second wave of the Japanese avant-garde movement in the post-war period and was active from 1951 to 1958 in Tokyo. The group was known for its interdisciplinary formation and the artistic approach of the experimentation. The latter was summarised by the well-established Japanese Surrealist poet and art critic Shūzō Takiguchi (1903-1979) who was acknowledged as the group’s mentor. In order to present its interdisciplinary experimentation, the group organised the organic work using the stage of what it called the ‘presentation,’ which was realised by one of the founding members Shōzō Kitadai (1921-2003). His pre-JK collaboration with ballet companies helped him to confirm the possibility of presenting multi-media works in a unified form through the stage. Both the experimentation and presentation in the 1950s aimed to escape from the control of Gadan (the artist’s society) or the Japanese art canon, which regulated the creation of art using orthodox standards and occupied the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum as its territory. Thus, my research aims to discuss to what extent JK’s experimental presentations deterritorialised the institutional exhibition form in the 1950s Japan, in addition, to discuss its international contributions.

Supervisors

Lead: Dr. Isobel Whitelegg

Secondary: Prof. Suzanne Macleod

Contacts

General enquiry about our PhD community: yc261@leicester.ac.uk

General enquiry about Museological Review: museologicalreview@leicester.ac.uk

Just want to find me: yc261@leicester.ac.uk; y.chen.arts@gmail.com

More information: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yangchen-arts/

Educations

09.2017 – 09.2021

PhD Researcher, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

10.2015 – 06.2017

MRes Exhibition Studies, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

10.2014 – 09.2015

MA Curating and Collections, Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London

09.2010 – 08.2014

BA Fine Art (Watercolour and Art Education), Jimei University, Xiamen, China

Experiences

03.2018 – Present

Freelance Tutor and Lecturer, ViaX Education (China and USA)

06.2017 – 06.2018

Freelance Super Mentor, UVIC (London)

03.2018 – 04.2018

Curator of the Poetry Section, ‘Artefact to Art Exhibition 2018’, University of Leicester

12.2016 – 02.2018

Part-Time Gallery Assistant and Assistant Curator, HM Gallery London

11.2015

Curator, ‘Big Space V’ Exhibition, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

10.2015

Assistant Curator, The Parallel Student Exhibition in ‘Gustav Metzger: Remember Nature’ Project, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

Services & Volunteers

07.2018 – Present

Editor-in-Chief (2018/19) of Museological Review, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

07.2018 – Present

Collection and Exhibition Volunteer, Dr Johnson’s House Museum (London)

06.2018 – Present

Student Representative (2018/19), School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

02.2018 – 03.2018

Presentation Maker for MA Museum Studies and MA Art Museum and Gallery Studies, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

03.2016 – 03.2017

Gallery Volunteer, The Foundling Museum (London)

Awards

10. 2019 – 11.2019

Youkobo Research Residency in Tokyo (Flights, Accommodation and Stipend will be provided)

Publications

07.2018

‘Artistic and Presentational Experimentations as a Curatorial Methodology’, The International Journal of Arts Theory and History 13 (3): 1-8. doi:10.18848/2326-9952/CGP/v13i03/1-8

06.2018

‘Floating from the Past to the Present: IE: THE PLAY Have a House in 1972, 2015, 2016 and 2017’, Conference Proceedings of Thirteenth International Conference on The Arts in Society

06.2017

‘Gallery or Stage? — Saburo Murakami’s Paper Tearing in “First Gutai Exhibition” and “Gutai Art on the Stage”’, MRes Exhibition Studies Degree Show Project (Central Saint Martins, UAL)

06.2017

‘Jikken Kobo: Reconsidering the Concepts of Artist, Artwork and Exhibition through Analysing Jikken Kobo’s Two Presentations’, Conference Proceedings of Twelfth International Conference on The Arts in Society

04.2017

‘Staging the Integration of Art and Machine: The 5th Experimental Workshop Presentation by Jikken Kobo’, Conference Proceedings of AAH 2017 Annual Conference

11.2016

‘Exhibition in the Theatre: Experimentation as Another Way of Exhibiting Artistic Expression—What Jikken Kobo’s “The Joy of Life” Can Introduce to Exhibition Studies’, Conference Proceedings of New Voices Conference by Association of Art Historian

10.2016

‘The Interdisciplinary of Art and Machine: The 5th Experimental Workshop Presentation by Jikken Kobo’, Exhibition Catalogue of Nine Evenings Project, Arts Catalyst, London

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