Kenzaburo Oe; Artist and Empire at Tate Britain; Japan and Cool Now

Philip Dodd and Christopher Harding review Nobel Prize winner Kenzaburo Oe's Death by Water. Mizuki Takahashi and Naoko Shimazu discuss the history and politics of Cool Japan.

Philip Dodd and New Generation Thinker Christopher Harding review the newly translated novel from Nobel prize winner Kenzaburo Oe; historian Naoko Shimazu and curator Mizuki Takahashi discuss the chequered history of the concept of Cool Japan; British Bangladeshi writer Tahmima Anam reviews the new exhibition Artist and Empire at Tate Britain. Artist Hew Locke and curator and art historian Sarah Thomas investigate how Empire creates complexity and difficulty around the question of what is British Art.

Artist and Empire: Facing Britain's Imperial Past runs at Tate Britain from 25 November 2015 - 10 April 2016
Death By Water written by Kenzaburo Oe is translated by Deborah Boliver Boehm.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith.

Available now

45 minutes


Role Contributor
Presenter Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest Christopher Harding
Interviewed Guest Naoko Shimazu
Interviewed Guest Mizuki Takahashi
Interviewed Guest Hew Locke
Interviewed Guest Tahmima Anam
Producer Jacqueline Smith


Featured in...

The Arts and Ideas Podcast

You can download all the past episodes of Radio 3's Free Thinking

CLICK to LISTEN & SEE all programmes from the Free Thinking Festival 2018: The One and the Many

This year we examine the fast-changing relationship between the individual and the crowd.

CLICK to LISTEN & SEE all programmes, images, clips & features from 2017's festival

Free Thinking Festival 2017: The Speed of Life