Anti-Academy, John Hansard Gallery, 21 November 2013-18 January 2014
Anti-Academy, Students in Nakanishi class, Bigakkō, Tokyo


Alice Maude-Roxby
Alice Maude-Roxbyis Head of Photography at Falmouth University. Her writing, curating and photography develop out of ‘live’ and ‘site specific’ investigations of questions inherent in photographic or art history that involve interviewing and excavating archives. Publications include Marcia Farquhar’s 12 Shooters (Live Art Development Agency), Performing Memory (Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna), Live Art on Camera (John Hansard Gallery) and ‘The Delicate Art of Documenting Performance’ in Art, Lies and Videotapes: Exposing Performance (Tate Liverpool). She has recently given talks at the Institute for Contemporary Art, London; Itinerant Studio, Copenhagen and Bigakkō, Tokyo.

Cornelia Schmidt-Bleek
Cornelia Schmidt-Bleek is a visual artist based in Berlin, Germany. Her artistic practice investigates in particular the relation between science and art. Having taught in various art institutions over the years, Schmidt-Bleek was interested in collaborating as a curator on Anti-Academy in order to take a closer look at the history of art education in relation to contemporary situations, from the point of view of an artist. Her own personal history of growing up between the United States and Germany proved beneficial in contextualizing the Iowa section she was responsible for.

Yoshiko Shimada
Yoshiko Shimada was born in Tokyo, and received her BA from Scripps College in California. A printmaker and visual artist, she spent 1998 and 1999 in New York City at P.S. 1 as a resident artist. From 2004 to 2010, she travelled extensively in Asia and Europe for the ‘family secrets’ project. In the last few years she has conducted research on Bigakkō. She is currently a PhD candidate at Kingston University, London, where her main research interest is in the interplay of art and radical politics in Japan in the 1960s.

Above: Students in the class of Nakanishi Natsuyuki, Bigakkō, Tokyo, 1970, photograph Morinaga Jun.