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Yuji is a performance researcher. He initially trained with the experimental theatre company Banyu-Inryoku in Japan. In Australia, Yuji produced numerous media-based performance works throughout the 1990s, and has performed in international and domestic conferences and festivals including Experimenta, TISEA, Sound Watch (NZ), The Adelaide Festival Artists Week, 25 Years of Performance Art in Australia, Canberra National Sculpture Forum, the Sydney Asian Theatre Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, San Francisco Sound Culture, The Cleveland Performance Art Festival, The Toronto Festival of Performance Art, Rootless UK, Sydney Carnivale, and IFTR Conference Sydney. His hybrid performances have examined issues of cultural representation. Yuji's performance experiments, which explore the interaction between live performance and technological systems, work in tandem with his academic research. His research has focused on the cross-disciplinary conditions of mediated performance and the terms that may be appropriate for analysing such work, especially from cross-cultural perspectives. He is the author of Japanese robot culture: Performance, imagination, and modernity (Palgrave, 2017).

Yuji was a board member of Artspace, Sydney (1995-1998); participated in New Media Arts/Arts in a Multicultural Australia Policy Roundtable (2002) and Inter-Arts Office grant assessment, Australia Council; 2003, and held a New Media mentorship organised by New Media Arts Board, Australia Council (2006). He was a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of New South Wales (2003-2006). He has received grants from MQNSRGS (2008) and from external organisations such as The Japan Foundation (2009, 2017) and The Australia Council for the Arts (2006, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1997, 1996, 1994, 1992).

Research Interests

Nonhuman performance, the performing body and technology, Japanese technoculture, and cross-cultural performance.  

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Research Outputs

Japanese robot culture: performance, imagination, and modernity

Sone, Y., 2017, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 265 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    BattleBots: violent entertainment and the ontology of the machine surrogate

    Sone, Y., 2021, (In preparation) Distributed perception: resonances and axiologies. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Hiroshi Ishiguro: android science and 'upstream engagement'

    Sone, Y., 1 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Science & Popular Culture. 3, 1, p. 23-37 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The Japanese humanoid robot and the authenticity of artificial identity

    Sone, Y., 3 Aug 2020, Studies on the social construction of identity and authenticity. Williams, J. P. & Schwarz, K. C. (eds.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 143-155 13 p. (Routledge Advances in Sociology).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Android corporeality, transhuman performance and the Japanese 'mind'

    Sone, Y., 11 Mar 2019, In : Performance Research. 23, 8, 2018, p. 67-73 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    Politics of (In)Visibility: Human and Other than Human Agents

    Margie Borschke (Speaker), Tai Neilson (Speaker), Ian Collinson (Speaker), Yuji Sone (Speaker)
    8 May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation