Scratch Projection: F O C U S
Tuesday 12 February 2013, 20:30h
Cinéma Action Christine
4, rue Christine, 75006 Paris
Program introduced by Erwin van ‘t Hart (International Film Festival of Rotterdam and freelance programmer)
Zen for film, a retreat in the cinema. Complex film structures leading to a coherent visual experience, striving for simplicity and ultimately: nothingness. Films by Nicholas Brooks, Ivan Ladislav Galeta, Fred Worden, Takahiko Iimura and Paul Sharits will fill the space. An invitation to sit and contemplate.
How to prepare for a choreographic etude for unusual objects, a symmetrical film concept with two distinct centers, a celestial space filled with spherical light flares, a balanced superimposition of natural and rectangular form or a complex narrative of solid color harmonies? A quote by Arata Isozaki from the text of the film Ma: Space/Time from the Garden of Ryoan-ji will lead the way.
Perceive not the objects
but the distance
not the sounds
but the pauses
they leave unfilled
Takahiko Iimura: Writing with light
Films and live performance by Takahiko Iimura
Saturday December 10, 19h, Admission $6
MICROSCOPE, 4 Charles Place Bushwick Brooklyn NY 11221
Microscope Gallery is very happy to welcome back from Tokyo Japanese master of experimental cinema Takahiko Iimura. The show will feature the NY premieres of several of Iimura’s works on film, as well as a special Super 8mm performance White Calligraphy, Re-read where Iimura will write with light. Not to be missed.
Eye For Eye, Ear For Ear (NY Premiere)
- Film Strips I (1967-1970/2009) 12 min, music by Haruyuki Suzuki (2009)
- Film Strips II (1967-70/2009) 13 min, music by Haruyuki Suzuki (2009)
“The best work of Iimura’s middle period is characterized by increasingly formal concerns, concerns most effectively demonstrated by Film Strips I and II (1967-70). Film Strips II […] resulted in an experience which is not only interesting visually, but which is implicitly a powerful record of a painful time and a warning about the future.”
– Scott MacDonald (Afterimage, April, 1978 (The author of “Critical Cinema,” California Univ. Press)
“When I came to the USA in the mid 1960s, it was the high point of the Hippie movement and the black riots. I lived in the East Village in New York, which was a center of the former, and watched TV news of the latter often. These two films, Film Strips I and II, were taken from the scenes respectively, not as a documentary but as an inner report of mine, abstracted yet chaotic.” — Taka Iimura
Close-Up: Seeing/Hearing/Speaking – The Films of Takahiko Iimura + Live Performance
Tuesday October 5th, Time: 20h, Doors open at 19.45h
Venue: The Working Men’s Club, 44-46 Pollard Row, London E2 6NB
Ticket: £5/£3 to Close-Up members
This programme is a survey of the work of Japan's most influential experimental filmmaker, Takahiko Iimura, from his earliest 1960s experiments and conceptual videos to his later videos on semiology and identity. Takahiko Iimura will perform CIRCLE AND SQUARE and be in attendance for Q&A moderated by Julian Ross.
|"Taka Iimura has been making films since the early 1960s. His work has gone through a series of relatively clear, consistent developments: from 1962 to 1968, Iimura was largely involved with surreal imagery, with eroticism, and with social criticism; from 1968 through 1971, he continued to use photographic imagery, but worked with it in increasingly formal ways; from 1972 until 1978, he devoted himself very largely to a series of minimalist explorations of time and space. During the years since, Iimura has been more fully involved with video than with film." — Scott MacDonald|
"Although Taka was and continues to be an active part of the New York avant-garde scene, he always remained an enigmatic, mysterious presence, pursuing his own unique route through the very center of the avant-garde cinema. While the intensity and the fire of the American avant-garde film movement inspired him and attracted him, his Japanese origins contributed decisively to his uncompromising explorations of cinema's minimalist and conceptualist possibilities. He has explored this direction of cinema in greater depth than anyone else." — Jonas Mekas
Japanese Experimental Cinema: An Evening with Takahiko Iimura
Monday October 11th 2010, 18:30h, free entrance
ICS Cinema, University of Leeds, Woodhouse, Leeds LS2 9JT, United Kingdom
Cherry Kino and the CWC-MCN University of Leeds have invited Takahiko Iimura to join our screening of a selection of his films, which will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker himself. Many thanks to WREAC (www.wreac.org) who are helping us fund the event and ICS who kindly offered their venue.
Takahiko Iimura is an experimental filmmaker, video artist and writer on experimental film who has been working with the moving image since the 1960s. His work explores the relationship between media, time and language and has strived to redefine the exhibition of cinema as a mode of performance. He has worked closely with members of the Hi-Red Centre and Fluxus, as well as Yoko Ono, Jonas Mekas, John Cage, Stan Brakhage, Stan Vanderbeek and many others, bridging boundaries between film, art and performance. He moved to New York in 1966 and has since been a conduit of intercultural communication between Japan and America, introducing Japanese experimental cinema to the West and vice versa. He recently began self-releasing his work on DVD and continues to travel around the world to show his films.