Japanese cultural practice is internationally known and appreciated nowadays. This drives an increased number of young Europeans to move to Japan for their studies or for work. Over there they are mostly part of teams until they return after a few months, sometimes years. How do Japanese cultural practices differ from the practices and methods we are familiar with? How are their current works influenced by their time in Japan?
Some Notes invites returnees to talk about their personal experiences. During each event, two protagonists will sit with us around a big table and share their experiences from their work between the two cultures. These rounds are centered around personal, subjective impressions and observations – in fact, notes.
Markus Shimizu is founder of mimi – a fermentation lab based in Berlin. Among others, he produces artisanal soy sauce and miso and develops special ferments for gastronomy. Markus has studied sculpturing at the KABK The Hague and KBH Berlin. After his diploma and master with Inge Mahn he did 3 years of permaculture at in the Amazon. He continued with socio-cultural-environmental projects like a biological water purification project with an indigenous minority in India or a biogas project at a Japanese art program.
Tilmann S. Wendelstein is an art director and graphic designer based in Berlin and Tokyo. As part of The Simple Society he works on projects that include book design, brand identities and packaging design in Europe and Asia. Clients range from BASF and the Vitra Design Museum to Yohji Yamamoto. In April 2018, together with London based artist Johanna Tagada, he published the first issue of Journal du Thé, a magazine dedicated to contemporary tea culture. Tilmann was living in Tokyo from 2005-2011 where he worked at Bluemark (now Atsuki Kikuchi Inc.). Since then he spends around 3 months per year in Japan.
Further dates: Some Notes 9 September 7, 7pm