PaulRoquetAssociate Professor of Japanese Studiesproquet@mit.edu14N-334Office hours ON LEAVE ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019Profile BottomBio Paul Roquet studies the atmospheres of Japanese media and culture. Atmospheres are a form of emotionally-tuned space, both immersive and inescapable; they are increasingly also objects of intentional design. Roquet’s theoretical inquiry focuses on how media technologies in Japan have come to serve as tools for the production and circulation of such moods. Engaging theories of emotional attunement from disciplines like philosophy, affect theory, and urban studies, and rooted in the close reading of environmental aesthetics, his work approaches Japan as an essential site for understanding the cultural politics of atmosphere. Before coming to MIT Roquet was Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Media and Film Studies at Brown University's department of Modern Culture and Media, and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Stanford. His courses at MIT include Digital Media in Japan and Korea, Cinema in Japan and Korea, and Introduction to Japanese Culture. Research Areas / Expertise: Japanese Studies; Media Theory Education: 2012 Ph.D. UC Berkeley 2007 M.A. UC Berkeley 2003 B.A. Pomona Research Ambient Media: Japanese Atmospheres of Self (Minnesota, 2016) examines how media aesthetics and modes of engagement transformed in tandem with a post-1970s culture of atmospheric mood regulation. Theorizing the deployment of calming moods in electronic music, video art, film, and literature, the book explores how the new ambient style departs from earlier trends in background music and video, throwing a diffuse and sometimes critical light over an emerging Japanese therapy culture. Roquet’s current book project examines how ambient aesthetics in Japan subsequently shifts from a focus on healing to a focus on how to create a sense of security despite the continuous presence of environmental threats. The work examines how new responsive technologies focused on “ambient intelligence” seek to respond to this demand for atmospheric reassurance. One piece of this project, on the emotional stakes of augmented reality environments, was published recently in the journal Animation. Animating Emotional Space Through both sound and image, animation is uniquely poised to explore the porousness between subject and environment. This project approaches animation as a laboratory for experiments with this relational space. Making Sense of Mixed Reality How does the experience of space transform when it comes mediated by a responsive set of sensors, data layers, and audiovisual overlays? Ambient Media Media technologies have come to serve as tools for the production and circulation of emotional space. PublicationsArticles in Refereed Journals 2016 "From Animation to Augmentation: Dennō Coil and the Composited Self," Animation 11.3 (November): 228-245 2014 “A Blue Cat on the Galactic Railroad: Anime and Cosmic Subjectivity,” Representations 128 (Fall): 124-58 2014 “Carbon as Creation: Tsuji Naoyuki’s Charcoal Anime,” Mechademia 9: 63-75 2009 “Ambient Landscapes from Brian Eno to Tetsu Inoue,” Journal of Popular Music Studies 21.4: 364-383 2009 “Ambient Literature and the Aesthetics of Calm: Mood Regulation in Contemporary Japanese Fiction,” Journal of Japanese Studies 35.1 (Winter): 87-111 2007 “Reencountering Lee Ufan,” Octopus: A Visual Studies Journal Vol. 3: Import/Export (Fall): 85-98 Chapters in Books 2013 “The Domestication of the Cool Cat” in The Cultural Career of Coolness: Discourses and Practices of Affect Control in European Antiquity, the United States, and Japan. Ulla Haselstein and Irmela Hijiya- Kirschnereit, eds. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books): 237-50 Ambient Media: Japanese Atmospheres of Self 2016 Paul Roquet Ambient Media examines music, video art, film, and literature as tools of atmospheric design in contemporary Japan.