JPEX - Expanded Visions

Friday, November 5, 2004 - 7:00pm

A rare opportunity to see the most comprehensive survey of Japanese experimental cinema exhibited in North America in the last twenty years. JPEX documents the radical medium of postwar Japanese experimental film, video, and animation at its fiftieth anniversary. Five screenings, divided by theme, include the work of Ito Takashi, Tanaami Keiichi, Matsumoto Toshio and many others. To provide a public forum for the discussion of the political, aesthetic, and social interventions made by these visual works, the screenings will be followed by a roundtable discussion on Saturday, November 6th.

In today’s screening, Expanded Visions, the extraordinary canon of mid-century Japanese formal experimentation is expanded and enriched in light of more recent contributions. Collectively, these filmmakers probe the possibilities of cinematic representation, linear temporality, repetition, sensory overload, forgetfulness, perception, and madness. Curated by Jonathan M. Hall and Michelle Puetz.

Screening List
SHIKI SOKU ZE KU (Matsumoto Toshio, 1975, color, 8 min.)
AT SANTA MONICA 1 (Idemitsu Mako, 1974, color, 6 min.)
LE CINEMA (Okuyama Jun’ichi, 1975, b/w, 5 min.)
MY MOVIE MELODIES (Okuyama, 1980, b/w, 6 min.)
SNARL-UP!!! (Okamoto Akio, 2001, color, 8 min.)
HELIOGRAPHY (Yamazaki Hiroshi, 1979, color, 6 min.)
CESSNA (Nakajima Takashi, 1974, color, 20 min.)
COFFEE BREAK (Furukawa Taku, 1977, color, 3 min.)
ATMAN (Matsumoto Toshio, 1975, color, 11 min.)
SPACY (Ito Takashi, 1981, color and b/w, 10 min.)
OBSERVATION (Yamazaki Hiroshi, 1975, b/w, 10 min.)
WHY? REMIX (Tanaami Keiichi, 2002, color, 5 min.).

Co-sponsored by the Image Forum Archive Tokyo, the Norman Wait Harris Memorial Fund, The University of Chicago Fine Arts Fund, the Committee on Cinema and Media Studies, the Experimental Film Club, and the University of California Irvine.