Saturday, February 27, 2010
Akihabara Majokko Princess
The Tate Modern's highly enjoyable Pop Life exhibition last year brought together the work of some of the world's most highly-acclaimed contemporary artists / most over-hyped chancers (delete according to preference) for a celebration of the fusing of 'high' and 'low' culture. Along with Warhol, Hirst, Koons, and musician-affiliated visual artists like Keith Haring, Pruitt Early and Christine Newby, was Japan's Takashi Murakami - named by Time Magazine in 2008 as one of the most influential people in the world. Murakami is famed for his work's immersion in otaku / geek culture - the gaudy, controversial, super-cute and occasionally troubling world Japan's young people are increasingly sharing with the rest of us through fashion, manga, anime and, especially, computer games. His specially-commissioned piece saw Kirsten Dunst taking on a cosplay role in a fantasy remake of The Vapours' Turning Japanese. It's good fun, particularly for those of us who have been harbouring a crush on Dunst since Bring It On.