Mavo and the Space for Freedom: Masturbation, Anarchy and Autonomy in 1920s Japan
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Mavo and the Space for Freedom: Masturbation, Anarchy and Autonomy in 1920s Japan

Murayama’s photographic series Kitanai Odori displays Murayama’s body in the throes of an ecstatic nude performance, demonstrating a visual embodiment of an emancipated self. Mavo artists challenged the Japanese government’s social matrix and programme of homogeneity, and for it the group suffered dearly.

Particles Beyond Sight: Black Subjectivity and Creolization in Denis Williams’ Other Leopards
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Particles Beyond Sight: Black Subjectivity and Creolization in Denis Williams’ Other Leopards

“There was a silence at the heart of the flying bodies; there was a soundless sound; there was a motion meaningless as the awful collision of particles beyond sight; there was an energy purposeful of intention but beyond understanding. A man must lose his life to find it.”

Panzer vor! Japanese anime and social memories of the Asia-Pacific War
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Panzer vor! Japanese anime and social memories of the Asia-Pacific War

Moe military is subgenre of a subculture in which these reflexive and seemingly dichotomous concepts of aggressor and pacifist break binaries and exist contiguously. Girls und Panzer and The Sky Crawlers sit squarely within this practice of myth making in the contemporary Japanese socio-historical consciousness.