Grades 6 – 8

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  • Claire Mauro

    I first encountered Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo at the Woods Hole Film Festival during the time I was working on my master’s project, an exhibition blending the art and social history of a Japanese artist, Kumi Korf. A student of Cultural Production at Brandeis University, the film immediately impressed me as a capsule vision of many intertwined dimensions of culture, including environment, economics, visual and literary arts, and technology. Additionally, I was impressed by the multi-generational aspects to the narrative and the film inspired my visual conception of the multi-generational history of the exhibition, including a sound art component.

    Subsequently I created a model program for a museum education course and included a showing of the film as outreach to middle school students, to coincide with an exhibit of ancient and modern Japanese artist’s books. Later in the spring of 2010 I noted the Museum of Fine Arts Boston screened Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo in conjunction with an exhibition of Japanese tattoo art.

    The many overlapping concepts within the film are a rich source of discussions tailored to appeal to a variety of audiences. The result will be a greater personal awareness and connection to the natural world and our interdependence as a society.

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