How do we produce nearness? What can we learn from and share with each other? This four-day online workshop brings together practitioners from Japan and Scotland to give voice to and partake in a shared desire for closeness and intimacy. Against a backdrop of pandemic restrictions affecting movement, touch and the very notion of being next to one another, this exchange considers ‘neighbouring’ as an active endeavour, taken from Scottish working-class vernacular signifying ‘working together’, while considering how different aspects of togetherness are being affected by Covid-19, such as the Japanese omoiyari (おもいやり) or the act of caring for others.
With practices spanning photography, installation, performance and spoken word, the invited artists are coming together to choreograph spaces, re-interpret mythological narratives, consider the summoning of community and claim agency within solitude.
Curated by Yuko Hasegawa and Fumihiko Sumitomo, in collaboration with Mónica Laiseca, Alexandra Ross and Johnny Rodger
Supported by Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Japan Society, Tokyo University of the Arts, Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow
Online workshop runs 15 – 18 June, starts 10am daily
Hosted by: www.thedrouth.org
Daily programme information and tickets available at: www.thedrouth.org/neighbouring