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Unformatted text preview: PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ARTICLE This article was downloaded by: [University Of British Columbia] On: 8 November 2010 Access details: Access Details: [subscription number 917249135] Publisher Routledge Informa Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954 Registered office: Mortimer House, 37- 41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713701267 Political aesthetics: activism, everyday life, and art's object in 1960s' Japan William Marotti To cite this Article Marotti, William(2006) 'Political aesthetics: activism, everyday life, and art's object in 1960s' Japan', Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 7: 4, 606 — 618 To link to this Article: DOI: 10.1080/14649370600983048 URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649370600983048 Full terms and conditions of use: http://www.informaworld.com/terms-and-conditions-of-access.pdf This article may be used for research, teaching and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematic reproduction, re-distribution, re-selling, loan or sub-licensing, systematic supply or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden. The publisher does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents will be complete or accurate or up to date. The accuracy of any instructions, formulae and drug doses should be independently verified with primary sources. The publisher shall not be liable for any loss, actions, claims, proceedings, demand or costs or damages whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly in connection with or arising out of the use of this material. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Volume 7, Number 4, 2006 ISSN 1464–9373 Print/ISSN 1469–8447 Online/06/040606–13 © 2006 Taylor & Francis DOI: 10.1080/14649370600983048 Political aesthetics: activism, everyday life, and art’s object in 1960s’ Japan William MAROTTI Taylor and Francis Ltd RIAC_A_198205.sgm 10.1080/1464937060 983048 Inter-Asia Cultural Studies: Movements 1464-9373 (print)/1469-84 7 (online) Original Article 20 6 Taylor & Francis 740 0 0 December 20 6 Wil iamMarot i wamarot @ucsc.edu ABSTRACT Around 1960, revolutionary forms of activism and critique emerged to challenge administrative forms of politics and daily life. In Japan, despite massive strikes and widespread protest, the ruling party used a Diet majority and riot police to renew the USA–Japan Security Treaty. After this display of force, this party’s new administration sought a new legitimacy, and a means to assuage and co-opt the defeated opposition, through promoting a depoliticized everyday world of high growth and consumption, and a dehistoricized national image in preparation for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Among those activists who emerged to contest this new cultural politics, a diverse group of young artists worked to repoliticize daily life through an interventionist art practice.diverse group of young artists worked to repoliticize daily life through an interventionist art practice....
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