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Jun 6, 2020 1:00 PM

Knowledge Meltdown

An online panel discussion with Japanese socio-political commentator, Dr. Yoshitaka Mori, and artist and film-maker Hikaru Fujii.

In 2014, The British anthropologist Dr. Peter Wynn Kirby coined the term ”knowledge meltdown” to describe the way in which information circulated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The excess of information, lack of information, mis-information, manipulation of information, concealment of information, censorship and self-censorship might have been happening in 2011 in Japan, but for many people in UK, the matter felt too remote and perhaps in-consequential. However, more recently we are experiencing a huge daily dose of information - data, news, predictions – the term “knowledge meltdown” perhaps applies to global coverage of the Coronavirus.

In this online lecture / interactive panel discussion event, a well-known Japanese socio-political commentator, Dr. Yoshitaka Mori has given lecture and Artist and film-maker Hikaru Fujii (both based in Japan) and artist Yoi Kawakubo (based in the UK) discussed the relevance of this issue to the current Covid19 situation.
(This event is organised in collaboration with the Graduate School of Global Arts (GA), Tokyo University of the Arts.)