Bozar Cinema: Makino Takashi
Wednesday March 6 2013, 20h
Palais des Beaux-Arts / Studio
Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Bruxelles
“The image is always first and I think of it as a graphic score: a visual basis for composing music”.
Makino Takashi (1978) is an experimental film and video artist living and working in Tokyo. Treating image and sound as elements of equal importance, he produces immersive, cosmic, organic works where music - usually composed by cult musician Jim O'Rourke, with whom Makino Takashi has developed a regular collaboration - unfolds over skilfully created, often abstract images, expanding together into richly layered and dense experiences. Following the screening, Makino Takashi will discuss his work with Floris Vanhoof.
- Generator (Japan, 2011, 19’, color, HD, music by Jim O'Rourke)
- [still in cosmos] (Japan, 2009, 17', color, D, music by Jim O'Rourke)
- 2012 (Japan, 2012, 30’, color, HD). 3D screening with musical live performance by Makino Takashi.
Sonic Acts: The Dark Universe
February 21-24, Amsterdam
The 2013 edition of Sonic Acts, the festival that explores the 'developments at the intersection of art, music and science', begins tomorrow (February 21-24) in Amsterdam. Titled The Dark Universe, this fifteenth edition comes filled with music and expanded cinema performances, including Makino Takashi's latest 3D, William Raban's 1977 performance Wave Formations or Rose Kallal's 16mm abstract work Apeiron. Several screenings and installations include showings of works by Bruce Conner, Peter Tscherkassky, Aldo Tambellini, Joost Rekveld, Jürgen Reble and Nenad Popov & Klara Ravat, among others.
For further details, you can browse the full programme in the Sonic Acts website.
SF Cinematheque in association with the Intersection for the Arts presents:
Fragile Memories: Images of Japan
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 19:30h
Artists' Television Access
992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Ute Aurand In Person
September 3–November 3, Intersection for the Arts presents Lost and Found: Family Photos Swept by 3.11 East Japan Tsunami, a massive display of personal photographs recovered in the city of Yamomoto during post-tsunami clean-up in 2011, collectively displayed in an overwhelming testament to loss and perseverance. In homage and reference to this exhibition Cinematheque tonight screens Ute Aurand’s 2011 film Young Pines (Junge Kiefern), an engaged, stately and patient observance of the urban landscape, a quiet consideration on harmonious overlap between nature and culture. Filmed throughout Japan before the disasters of the tsunami and Fukushima, but edited after, Young Pines’ carries an uncanny and inspiring grace. Also screening are three recent films by Japanese filmmakers which consider similar themes, including Tomonari Nishikawa’s Tokyo—Ebisu a fragmented collage of that vibrant city’s life and motion; Makino Takashi’s Generator (with a soundtrack by Jim O’Rourke), a study in accumulation and dissolution, which, created as a response to the disaster in Fukushima, visualizes Tokyo in a toxic state of decay; and Rei Hayama’s Emblem, a quiet meditation on the fragility of landscape and life. (Steve Polta)
Takashi describes his latest work, Inter View, as "dark, fast, complex, blue, and poetic," revealing the potential intangibility of his images. For this world premiere, curated and presented by Cinema Project, Takashi collaborates with Portland-based musicians Tara Jane O'Neil and Brian Mumford who will perform live their original score.
With glimpses of representation rising to an often scratched and hand-painted surface, texture is key in the work of the Japanese artist. Combining his images with dynamic soundscapes created by experimental musicians like Jim O'Rourke, Takashi's work is a seemingly tenuous bending of both time and space. A telecine master, Takashi uses the transfer process to translate initially film-based images into crackling digital landscapes, making him part of a new generation of Japanese experimental film and video artists.