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JPEX: Japanese Experimental Film & Video, 1955 - Now: Exploded States, Part 1 and 2
various. Japan. 1960 - 2002.
- JPEX: Japanese Experimental Film & Video, 1955 - Now: Exploded States, Part 1 and 2
- Production Co:
- 1960 - 2002
- 2 videodiscs of 2.   DVD - Region 1.   viewing copy.
Compilation.   110 minutes.   color and b/w.
- Japanese, English.
- Experimental / Avant Garde, Animation
- In EXPLODED STATES: WAR, POLITICS, AND NATIONAL IDENTITY, the importance of political and social critique for postwar Japanese experimentation is made apparent. Here, Japanese experimental film and video comes to its closest intersection with experimental theater and avant-garde performance. The films draw from and contribute to “happenings” staged by avant-gardists in the Hi Red Center group, an intercontinental Fluxus movement, and Hijikata Tatsumi’s butoh choreography. Viewed together, these works exhibit a delightful irony and playful insubordination to state, collective, and perspectival authority. Program notes and curation by Jonathan M. Hall and Michelle Puetz. DISC 1 includes: GOD BLESS AMERICA (Takamine Tadasu, 2002, color, sound, 9 min.); X (BATSU) (Tanikawa Shuntaro and Takemitsu Toru, 1960, b/w, silent, 15 min.); SHADOW (Hayashi Seiichi, 1969, color, sound, 3 min.); YAMAKAGASHI (Aihara Nobuhiro, 1972, color, sound, 7 min.); NAVEL AND A-BOMB (Hosoe Eiko, 1960, b/w, silent, 12 min.); WHITE HOLE (Matsumoto Toshio, 1976, color, sound, 7 min.) DISC 2 includes: SWITCHBACK (Kawanaka Nobuhiro, 1976, color and b/w, 9 min.); 3725 (Aoki Tatsu, 1981, color, 11 min.); YOSHIKEI (Tanaami Keiichi, 1979, color, 12 min.); EMPEROR TOMATO KETCHUP (Terayama Shuji, 1970, b/w, 25 min.).