Bodies in Earth: Postwar Japanese Ceramics, Photography, and Installation Art. February 27, 5 PM. Placing the human body in direct physical contact with some mode of earthy matter was a widespread impulse in ceramics, photography, and installation art in postwar Japan. A new aesthetics of earth was driven by the historical context of full-throttle economic growth and urbanization that polluted the land. This lecture considers critical responses to these conditions by photographers, ceramicists, and avant-garde installation artists working in Japan in the 1950s through 1970s.