In Light of Re­cent Events

The Monthly (Australia) - - NEWS - BY OSLO DAVIS

Wood­block prints of ev­ery­day life in feu­dal-era Ja­pan are so hot right now! Aus­tralia has hosted a few Edo-pe­riod ex­hi­bi­tions re­cently, many in the ukiyo-e style, de­pict­ing folk as they toil, re­lax and jour­ney into the wilds. And the art­work has prompted me to ask: what mean­ing­ful ac­tiv­i­ties fill our lives, and how would I ren­der con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralia’s own “float­ing world”?

1. Com­muters look­ing into their phones.

3. Tradies look­ing into their phones.

2. Some­one in a cafe look­ing at her­self look back at her­self in her phone.

4. A fam­ily camp­ing trip, with ev­ery­one on their de­vices. (Apolo­gies to Andō Hiroshige, Tōshū­sai Sharaku and Kat­sushika Hoku­sai.)

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