Cameron Allan Mckean

For Cameron Allan Mckean's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tropfest gives Japan a peek at Australia

May 29, 2014

Tropfest gives Japan a peek at Australia

The homegrown Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia will have competition for eyeballs this year as Australia’s Tropfest descends on Japan. The event claims — perhaps a bit tongue-in-cheek — to be the “world’s largest short-film festival.” Tropfest is a raucous juggernaut of a ...

Short-film festival holds Tokyo edition

May 15, 2014

Short-film festival holds Tokyo edition

Short-film fever is hitting Tokyo this month, with festivals planned in arty-nooks and cinema-crannies across the capital. But not all short-film festivals are created equal — the good ones are both cleverly curated and take daring approaches in how they screen films. The Future ...

Artists' mission to revitalize an <I>onsen</I> town

Apr 21, 2014

Artists' mission to revitalize an onsen town

It begins with a long, slow hiss. The valves open, and a thick fog is released into the air, pouring from the roof of Dogo Onsen Honkan, the famous three-tiered bathhouse built in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, in 1894. It flows down the side of ...

Nakako Hayashi's delicate war against big fashion

Apr 14, 2014

Nakako Hayashi's delicate war against big fashion

The world’s garments might be made in factories, but fashion is made in the media. In an age when trends coalesce and melt away in the time it takes to put a “#” in front of a keyword, an age when fashion has the ...

James Bridle examines war in social-media age

Feb 6, 2014

James Bridle examines war in social-media age

How differently do you think the project would have been viewed if the images of drone-attack sites were printed in a book? Is the context of the social networking site Instagram important? Instagram is important because it’s a place where many people go every ...

Carsten Nicolai makes a tribute to artist Paik

Feb 6, 2014

Carsten Nicolai makes a tribute to artist Paik

How did this work come together? The starting point for “crt mgn” was a performance I did in Tokyo in memory of Korean-American artist Nam June Paik, who died in 2006. In the performance at the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, I held a ...

Making the invisible visible at the Japan Media Arts Festival

Feb 6, 2014

Making the invisible visible at the Japan Media Arts Festival

In 1965, artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006) attached a strong magnet to the top of a television. The crisp image, overpowered by the magnet, folded onto itself in beautiful geometric waves. But it wasn’t meant to be beautiful; it was an attack. “Television has ...

Can big names help the plight of small factories?

Jan 27, 2014

Can big names help the plight of small factories?

The smooth, metallic surface reflects the sunlight coming through the window. Without touching it you can see that this is an object made with great care — even though it came from a factory. I’m inside a shop run by Lexus in Tokyo, but ...

Kenya Hara: the future of design

Jan 4, 2014

Kenya Hara: the future of design

Sitting at a plain white table in a meeting room high up on the 12th floor of a narrow building in central Tokyo, product designer Kenya Hara asks me to picture a shallow plate in my mind. “Now imagine a slightly deeper plate,” Hara ...