Wednesday, June 17, 2009

KRAZY, not crazy

The exhibition "KRAZY" at the Japan Society is rather disappointing. It misses a great curatorial opportunity to survey how the important and interesting subject - manga, anime, and video games - affects and in many ways defines the contemporary Japanese culture. Instead, the show is just a dry collection of illustration works, action figures, and animated films. In the center of the game room is just a Pac-man machine...

However, Atelier Bow-Wow, apparently among a generation who grew up with the influence of manga, put in some cute little things in their exhibition design. These objects seem even more obviously Japanese than the comics on the walls.

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