Yu Kaneko

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Institute for Art Anthropology, Research Member, Tama Art University
Associate professor of Art, Faculty of Art and Design, Tama Art University


Yu Kaneko is a critic and video artist born in Saitama Prefecture in 1974. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Art at Tama Art University. He studied video and folklore while traveling through Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, and Africa. He received the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences, Arts and Literature, for his book The Boundaries of Video (Shinwasha). Other books include The Folklore of Remote Regions (Kawade Shobo Shinsha), Borderline Literature (Arts and Crafts), Documentary Filmmaking, A Critique of Pleasure (both from Ronsosha), and Mixed Blood Islands Theory (Film Art), Introduction to World Cinema (Kotonisha). He has also collaborated on projects such as Chris Marker (Shinwasha), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Film Art), Traveling in the Islamic World in Video (Ronsosha), Peninsula Theory (Kyobunsha), Jean Rouch (Shinwasha), and others. He also Co-translated Walter Benjamin’s Tombstone, by Michael Tausig (Suiseisha), Making, by Tim Ingold (Sayusha), and Violence and Splendor, by Alphonso Lingis (Suiseisha).


The Folklore of Remote Regions (Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2015)
The Boundaries of Video (Shinwasha, 2017)
Mixed Blood Islands Theory (Film Art, 2018)
Jean Rouch (Shinwasha, 2019)