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The Logic of Spectacle c. 1970

Lockyer, Angus (2007) 'The Logic of Spectacle c. 1970.' Art History, 30 (4). pp. 571-589.

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Abstract

This paper examines the site plan and theme exhibit of the Osaka Expo of 1970, together with a week-long protest staged in the Tower of the Sun, which was the main element of the Theme Exhibit. Attempts to communicate a critical account of contemporary society and so transform the visitor were undercut by the Expo's ability to accommodate diverse interests and investments and to account for almost anything that was exhibited or staged on site. The Expo thus suggests that we need to supplement our understanding of spectacle as communication with an analysis of spectacle as a system.

Item Type: Journal Articles
Additional Information: © Association of Art Historians 2007. Published by Blackwell Publishing
SOAS Departments & Centres: Regional Centres > Japan Research Centre
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of History
ISSN: 14678365
Copyright Statement: © Association of Art Historians 2007. Published by Blackwell Publishing
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1111/j.1467-8365.2007.00564.x
Depositing User: Angus Lockyer
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2008 14:44
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/5772

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