Environmental Social Art: Trauma, Healing, and Community Building

Public lecture by Mariyo Yagi.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Venue: Schwartz 3 (Brandeis University)

Dr. Mariyo Yagi, a prominent Japanese environmental artist, designer and landscape engineer, will discuss her work and social philosophy in an open class session of Ellen Schattschneider's graduate seminar, "Trauma: Theory and Experience." Yagi, known for her creative work with "nawa" (Japanese sacred rope forms) will explore her artistic response to the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 in Kobe, Japan. Working with many bereaved survivors of the earthquake, Yagi developed the "Kobe Roots-NAWA column", a vast sacred rope made out of ragged T-shits of the victims, as a requiem to those lost in the disaster. She will also discuss related environmental public art projects--reworking water, earth, metal and wind--through which she has sought to unite communities and peoples in the spirit of self-examination, reconciliation and peaceful coexistence.

See: Ellen Schattschneider's commentary on Mariyo Yagi

During her visit to the greater Boston area, Dr. Yagi will undertake a public art project with Brandeis students and community residents, based at the Community Learning Centerof Prospect Hill Terrace, Waltham's largest public housing development.

Sponsored by the M.A. Program in Cultural Production

For more information, please contact Mark Auslander, mausland@brandeis.edu (781.736.2214)