search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - Allen WEISS

SF (2009)

Fellow Information:
First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
New York University
Associate Teacher
Contact Address:
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Address 1
721 Broadway / 6th Fl
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New York
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United States
(212) 998-1642
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1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: C. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies personally, but not at an institution or organization.

Field of Study: Landscape Design

2. Please describe what you are currently doing. (If you have your own website or any relevant site, provide its URL.)

Answer: In the domain of Japanese Studies, I am currently completing a book on the relations between Zen gardens, pottery and cuisine. This will most probably be followed by a work on contemporary Japanese pottery, since theoretical reflections on the topic are relatively rare in the English-speaking world. In the past year, since my brief stay in Kyoto on a Japan Foundation grant, I have published the following articles, which will be integrated into the book: (1) "The Sonic Skin of Water," Sonic Skin, ed. Stahmer Annette (forthcoming 2011) (2) "Dry Mountain Water," Cabinet no. 38 (2010) (3) °»Cracks°… artUS no. 29 (2010) (4) "Impossible Possibles," Log no. 19 (2010) (5) "On the Circulation of Metaphors in the Zen Garden," AA Files no. 60 (2010)

3. Where did you acquire your most advanced Japanese language training for your research?

Answer: D.Other (I do not speak Japanese.)

4. Have you ever participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme?

Answer: NO

Optional Inquiry:
1. Please describe briefly how the Japan Foundation Fellowship experience influenced your career.

Answer: In practical terms, the short-term grant to study and photograph the gardens of Kyoto was of inestimable help, not only because of the time it offered in the city, but also because of the rare occasions it presented to visit otherwise inaccessible tea rooms. In more general intellectual terms, it has given me the opportunity to undertake comparative reflections on Japanese and Western aesthetics building upon my earlier work on synaesthesia and the Gesamtkunstwerk, especially in regard to the differing manners in which the various arts are related through both metaphoric correspondences and through the use-value of art objects. I feel that this will be a major turning-point in my intellectual career.

2. The Japan Foundation is planning to create a network or forum among past Japan Foundation fellows. Please let us know if you have any suggestions in terms of themes, format, etc.

Answer: There should certainly be a web site which would permit us to find out about each others' current research topics. And of course it would be wonderful if there could be a yearly event in New York, like the one I attended in Kyoto, which would permit us to all get together and chat, since these informal meetings and discussions often lead to very surprising and useful relations, and it's an excellent way to keep up with the current state or research, exhibitions, etc..