Active Cultures: "The Cult of Hatsune Miku" and "New Muslim Cool"

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Active Cultures: "The Cult of Hatsune Miku" and "New Muslim Cool"

46 North Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena , CA 91101
October 21st, 2011 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

626-449-2742 ext 10
Wed-Sun 10-6
Free for members, $10 for nonmembers.


6 p.m. Galleries and Store open
7:30 p.m. Auditorium lounge open
8 p.m. First Speaker begins

Active Cultures pairs engaging speakers in a dynamic, conversational program. Each evening features two experts and two topics not necessarily sharing an obvious connection. Each speaker makes a short, 30 minute presentation on their area of expertise, and then shares the stage in an open session where they take questions and along with the audience explore the connections between their topics. The evening concludes with continued conversation over food and drink as the audience and presenters come together in an informal reception.

The series takes Pacific Asia Museum's rich history of promoting dynamic cross-cultural conversations to the next level. By deconstructing the standard lecture format, and mixing topics and themes, Active Cultures is a fresh way of approaching art and culture. The program free to Pacific Asia Museum members and $10 for the general public.

Click here for a look back at the 2010/2011 Active Cultures series.

October 21, 2011
The Cult of Hatsune Miku In July 2011, Japanese pop idol Hatsune Miku performed to a sold-out Nokia Theater in Downtown LA. But Miku isn't real: she's the combination of computer software and the online contributions of thousands of people. Social media researcher Alex Leavitt, a PhD student at the Annenberg School for Communication at USC, looks at how Miku epitomizes the success of networked, peer-produced media and illustrates the potential for new forms of youth identity in Japan.

New Muslim Cool Muslims of all cultural backgrounds around the world are using music, film and television, the internet and fashion to remix and redefine their experiences and identities.  Documentary director and Research Fellow at USC Annenberg Jennifer Maytorena Taylor shares clips from two of her most recent films, New Muslim Cool and Ramadan Primetime, and discusses the intersections of faith, global pop, and youth culture.
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